2020 Audi A1: Specs, Test Drive, Interior, Price | USA Car Review
The only true rival of the Mini is getting a new look and going on to its second generation. Her frankly cheerful style and luscious finish make a big impression, but she remains shy at the moment.
How to annoy Audi’s press service during the launch of the 2020 Audi A1? Easy, just point out that the new city brand ring rings is essentially like a Volkswagen Polo style and finish more refined. It should be said that this second-generation A1 takes over the MQB A0 architecture common to all Volkswagen city cars, from the Seat Ibiza to the Volkswagen Polo (except for the Skoda Fabia, still based on the old architecture).
But Audi’s designers and engineers have done their utmost to integrate the new city car into the rest of the range. If the Volkswagen Polo played the small sober (and reduced Golf), the 2020 Audi A1 multiplies the historical evocations and plays it without restraint. Its aggressive front face with three notches on the grille “Sport Quattro way”, as its muscular silhouette, give the impression of watching an authentic ultra-sporty city.
In the central rear view mirror on the highway, you feel almost obliged to fall back to the right to let it slip on the fast lane. Under the bonnet, however, it only has the most reasonable engines for the moment: from the small three-cylinder engine from 95 hp to the 2.0-liter 2.0-liter engine (the same as that of the last Polo GTI), there is nothing at the level of the old A1 Quattro and S1 (257 and 231 hp). And when you ask them when this 2020 Audi A1 will receive its all-wheel drive and its “S” version, the German engineers tell you that no such project currently exists at Audi.
2020 Audi A1 Interior
The 2020 Audi A1 is also full of sights when you go inside. Certainly, the obsessed with foamed plastic will point the finger at the many hard plastic surfaces, doors to most of the dashboard through the bottom of the center console. The category of “B-segment” city cars here confesses its limits in terms of finish since it would be too expensive to use more refined materials even when called Audi. Still, settling aboard the new A1 gives you the impression of getting into the most upscale car of the entire segment. The finish is better than in the Mini and the salient design of the large-screen dashboard and hi-tech details really flatter the eye. The gap with a premium compact has never looked so thin, and generous roominess will not be a problem for large size front or rear passengers.
2020 Audi A1 On The Road
For this first grip, we drive the 1.5-liter 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder variant with a double-clutch gearbox (optional) and passive damping. Depreciation, in fact, seems relatively firm on the roads of southern Spain. And if we did not expect a strong engine in character at this power level, the small block delivers at least sufficient performance. Forget the manual mode of the S-Tronic transmission, too slow to be fun. As for the general balance of this machine described as “sporty” by its parents, it will not thrill the amateur small GTI. Despite its fast direction, natural agility and rigorous behavior, our little A1 does not provide more sensations than a mid-range Mini. Note that the car plays at its best in version 2.0 200 HP with the suspension controlled, but the latter would not be much more sensational according to our colleagues who could try it on site. To find an A1 as pleasant to drive as the old S1 AWD, it will be necessary for Audi Sport to agree to develop a true sports version of the new city car.
2020 Audi A1 Price
The range of prices will not surprise the regulars of the premium manufacturers with a grid of rates roughly at the level of those of its eternal target Mini (32 650 € for our version 35 TFSI 150 Luxury Design of top of the range). With her style to say the least and her beautiful interior, she even pays the luxury of beating the English in the register of daring stylistic. On the road, it delivers benefits at what you could expect from a high-end city, without reaching the degree of refinement of a true compact of the upper segment. But to find a second generation A1 as interesting to drive as to watch, it will really wait until Audi Sport designs a new S1. Which, for reasons of marketing compatibility, would imply the (expensive) development of a full transmission version.