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Audi releases new 1.0-litre petrol A1

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Audi has just kitted out its smallest car with its smallest engine – a new 1.0-litre petrol motor, which replaces the 1.2-litre unit previously found in the A1 city car. Despite being smaller in size than its predecessor, power has been increased, while economy and emissions are also more impressive than before, meaning that owners should save money at the fuel pumps – and when it comes to taxing the car too.

Thanks to a turbocharger the new 1.0-litre engine punches out 94bhp and lots of low down power, meaning that the lightweight A1 can accelerate to 62mph in a sprightly 10.9 seconds. Despite this, fuel economy is strong, with the an official combined figure of 67.3mpg, while CO2 emissions tumble to 97g/km, which is low enough to warrant free car tax under the current system.

Opt for the S tronic automatic gearbox, however, and claimed fuel economy drops to 64.2mpg, while emissions jump to 102g/km, meaning that those who choose the auto will face an annual car tax bill of £20. The 1.6-litre diesel A1 remains the most economical model, however, and due to a series of updates economy is now rated at 80.7mpg (up from 74.3mpg).

In addition to the new three-cylinder petrol engine, the A1 has also received several updates to its exterior styling along with a boosted level of standard equipment. This 1.0-litre engine is available in three-door and five-door ‘Sportback’ A1s, with prices for entry-level SE trim starting at £14,315 and £14,935 for the Sportback.

These new 1.0-litre models are available to order now, with the first customer cars arriving in summer.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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