We all like fancy cars with loads of options, but what if money is really tight and yet you still want something with Four Rings? Enter the A1 Sportback with a total of zero options. The cheapest Audi money can buy costs €20,370 in domestic market Germany and is the least sophisticated new car from Ingolstadt available today.
What do you get for that kind of money? The base A1 Sportback has halogen headlights and rear drum brakes, while the tiny 15-inch steel wheels come with glorious hubcaps. The color actually costs €70 since there are technically no free paints to choose from, so you have no other way but to go with Cortina White.
While many of us would eventually learn to live with the arguably bland exterior, the spartan cabin might be too much for some folks. That’s because it doesn’t have an infotainment system whatsoever, so you’re not getting even a basic form of a central display. All you have is a storage area and a plastic cover where you’d normally find the touchscreen.
The silver lining is even the cheapest Audi has a digital instrument cluster, but it’s not the Audi Virtual Cockpit as we’re looking at a less sophisticated version. It’s worth mentioning that even though there’s no infotainment system per se, you do get radio and four speakers. Also standard are electrically adjustable mirrors, manual air conditioning, lane departure warning, light and rain sensors, electric front and rear windows, speed limiter (without cruise control), forward collision warning, and autonomous emergency braking.
Powering the cheapest Audi is a puny turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 95 hp and 175 Nm (129 lb-ft). The 1.0-liter TFSI unit sends power to the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission and enables the A1 Sportback 25 TFSI to complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in an agonizingly slow 10.8 seconds. Flat out, it will eventually reach a top speed of 119 mph (191 km/h).
This back-to-basics version might have a bland exterior and an austere cabin, but you still get plenty of standard kit and an engine more than adequate for city use. It’s the entry point into the Audi family and while it doesn’t have the pizzazz of high-end models, it has all you really need.