2015 Audi A1 Sportback on sale in Australia from $26,900

Audi Australia has launched the 2015 update for the Audi A1 Sportback, which now kicks off at just $26,900 for the new 1.0 TFSI variant.

2015 Audi A1 1.8 TFSI

Two new engines join the range this time around, with a 1.0-litre TFSI turbo three-cylinder becoming the new entry-level model. The tiny unit develops 70kW and 160Nm, matched up to a manual or optional seven-speed S tronic auto. With the auto, 0-100km/h comes up in 11.1 seconds, while the average fuel consumption is just 4.4L/100km.

At the other end of the range Audi has introduced a new 1.8-litre TFSI. It produces 141kW and 250Nm, capable of scooting off from 0-100km/h in just 6.9 seconds. The unit is matched to an S tronic auto as standard and returns a fuel economy average of 5.6L/100km.

Sitting in between these two is the 1.4-litre TFSI. It produces 92kW and 200Nm, and is able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 8.9 seconds. Despite the reasonable performance, the 1.4 TFSI offers a fuel economy of just 4.9L/100km.

All models come with a comprehensive list of standard features, including a 6.5-inch MMI interface, cruise control, Dynamic suspension at minimum, rear parking sensors, auto headlights and wipers, and a multifunction sports steering wheel.

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Going for the mid-spec model adds 16-inch alloy wheels, Audi Drive Select driving models, climate control, LED interior lights, and front sports seats. At the top of the range, the 1.8 TFSI gets 17-inch wheels, sat-nav, S line exterior trimmings, Sport suspension, and Xenon headlights.

Audi says the new model is on sale now, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs);

2015 Audi A1 Sportback 1.0 TFSI manual – $26,900
2015 Audi A1 Sportback 1.0 TFSI auto – $28,250
2015 Audi A1 Sportback 1.4 TFSI manual – $27,750
2015 Audi A1 Sportback 1.4 TFSI auto – $30,100
2015 Audi A1 Sportback 1.8 TFSI auto – $39,900

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.