Compact hatchbacks aren’t cars that do very well here in the US market, as American car buyers are more likely to buy a hybrid SUV that costs three times as much and returns about 70 percent less mpgs. However, due to heavy efficiency regulations and lower tax rates for fuel efficient cars, compact hatches are quite popular in Europe. One of the favorites for Germany, and Europe in general, is the Audi A1 Sportback.
For 2016 Audi has given its smallest car a facelift and the model we’re looking at here is the five-door Sportback model. It’s received new bumpers, some slightly refreshed headlights and an ever-so-slightly refreshed interior. Overall, though, this A1 Sportback is basically the same fun-to-drive hatchback it’s always been. It’s getting a bit old and should be due for a replacement soon, but this refresh should do the trick for now.
This new refresh also brings a new engine, a 1.0 liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. The little three-pot makes 94 bhp, which isn’t much but should be enough to be fun, especially with the as-standard six-speed manual gearbox. While most Audi fans, especially American Audi fans, would laugh at the idea of a three-cylinder powering their Four-Ringed car, it’s actually a good little engine for the A1.
While this refreshed Audi A1 Sportback isn’t the nicest of hatches in its class, that designation probably goes the MINI Cooper, but it’s certainly a stylish and nice driving option for those looking for a compact, fun and efficient city vehicle.