The Big Audi, at least that’s how it’s introduced as…
The Audi A1 1.4 TSI has finally touches our shores, possibly sharing the same powerplant as the Golf TSI (which retails at RM 156k) and Scirocco TSI (which retails at 188k), this new addition to the local Audi stable has been unofficially priced at RM 179.9k (internet source), which places it in between the two Volkswagen favorites. However, this coming from an Audi, is expected to have a lil’ more ‘posh’ in it. We’ll just have to check it out in flesh.
More details about it, here.
*Disclaimer: We do not work for Audi, their publicity partners nor drive one *yet*, but we are just as excited as everyone else when new rides comes to our shore. Information posted are internet /social media sourced.
Checked out the real thing over lunch today, overall, we would say, the real thing looks as good as we see it online. So yes, it looks good.
The distributors only brought in the standard spec and S Line kitted (not complete S Line variant) spec for RM 6k more over the RM 179.9 OTR. New shipment will apparently comes in from time to time. While S Line variant can be ordered with RM 15k premium over the standard spec.
The standard car looks stunning, at least the Pearl White unit we checked out. The built feels tougher even compared to the Golf TSI we have tested in the past. 2 Door hatch body that comes with a set of 16″ wheels (it’ll be 17″ Quattro GMBH for the S-Line model). Clearly the original bumpers design are already mimicking the S-Line variant, but not entirely, as we all can understand why :). What comes interesting is the optional colors for the roof side arches, where there’s couple of colors to choose from, though there could be a limited of combination available.
On the interior, evidently it’s a two door, hence, with bench seats in the back, it is sufficient for kids and medium size adult, though headroom could be a bit of an issue if the person’s a lil’ tall. The front seats however, is superb, the standard ‘bucket-like’ seats are firm and nicely contoured, hence, driving position is great. The dash is neatly done with a some tiny bits of brushed silver finish, totally matches the dark interior. Gauges, switches and knobs are well lit and designed. Even the S-tronic gear knob on the standard looks exclusive enough. While the back ‘bench’ is a lil’ cramp, the boot space is rather generous (so well it is evident that the designers mostly targeting singles or young couples/professionals for the price tag). One tiny issue would be, there’s no spare wheel available, as the manufacturer had offered a tyre refill kit instead of that.
Performance wise, as it was a roadshow and we don’t get to drive it yet, we can only tell from the specs. The 1.4 TFSI powerplant is pretty much the similar ones we found in the local distributed Golf TSI and Scirocco TSI, however, upon a second look at the spec sheet, it was the single charged 1.4l giving out only 122bhp (200Nm of torque) compared to the 160 ponies (240Nm of torque) that comes with the VW counterparts. Having to test driven the heavier Golf TSI with a bit more ponies, we can assume that this would be slightly less grunty, but presumably smoother. Environmentally, this also means the A1 consumes less fuel with 5.3l/100km compared to the Golf’s 6.0l/km consumption, and 17g/km less C02 emissions.
So our conclusion would be, if u want something stylish, luxurious, that will turn ppl’s heads and less trees to kill, GET THE A1.
Else, the Golf TSI’s still a better bang for the buck…