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2012 Audi A1 Sportback five-door in Australia mid-2012

November 19, 2011

Audi has revealed the new 2012 Audi A1 Sportback; the five-door version of the relatively new, and smallest model in the company’s lineup, the Audi A1. It will arrive in Australia in mid-2012.

Audi says the 2012 Audi A1 Sportback measures the same length as the current three-door A1, but is taller to provide a more comfortable accommodation for the four seats inside (five seats will be a no-cost option in Australia).

Power will come from a range of petrol and diesel engines, at least internationally, with outputs ranging from 63kW for the TDI diesel to a top-spec 136kW engine – also seen in the current Volkswagen Polo GTI. Definite Australian engine options for the A1 Sportback are yet to be announced.

The current three-door version comes with a 1.4-litre TSI turbo four cylinder developing 90kW and 200Nm, as well as a top-spec Sport version with a supercharged and turbocharged 1.4-litre offering 136kW and 250Nm. Audi Australia says ‘some’ engine packages will come with the optional seven-speed S tronic sports automatic transmission.

As for the performance, the 2012 Audi A1 Sportback is likely to offer similar acceleration as the three-door as only around 25kg of extra weight is said to have been added – the current Sport three-door version manages 0-100km/h in 7.8 seconds.

The 2012 Audi A1 Sportback local pricing is also yet to be finalised, but it is likely to be slightly more expensive than the three-door range which costs between $29,900 for the 90kW and $42,500 for the 136kW Sport.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.