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.

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