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Audi A1 S-Line, tested: a pocket rocket that convinces by dynamics and design

The Audi A1 S-Line it is one of the few survivors in the universe of high-performance hatchbacks. In this sporty aspect, the small German hot-hatch awakens our appetite with a certain flavor of exclusivity and a level of power that is less and less usual in cars of its size, especially in Mexico. Guaranteed fun? We had it to proof.

Unlike other models of the brand that carry the surname S-Line, the Audi A1 it is not limited to a simple design package. The sporty approach is reflected in its mechanical configuration, commanded by a 2.0-liter turbo engine, capable of generating 200 hp y 236 lb-pie, sent to the front axle via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

All of the above allows you accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds and keep pushing until reaching 235 km / h as the maximum speed. One of the virtues of the engine is its ability to gain speed at any rev range; It does not matter if we are starting or if we stretch the gear almost to the red zone of the tachometer, because at all times there will be a lot of power available.

The advantage of the A1 is that, without being a light subcompact, it is still a relatively light vehicle. Its weight of 1,335 kg does not represent any challenge to the power developed by the engine, and it also represents a virtue when looking for a dynamic driving.

The chassis of the Audi A1 S-Line feels different from the rest of the A1, mainly because the is somewhat heavier to achieve a more precise feel and because the suspension is noticeably stiffer. The equation between lightness and sports chassis results in a hot-hatch that goes through curves very well planted on the asphalt, without a body-roll excessive and an ease of control even for hands that are not used to fast driving.

Its best scenario is, without a doubt, a mountain road, where the benefits of the chassis and the good performance of the box come to light, which shines for speed and precision. In urban environments, on the other hand, the A1 S-Line is practical and with the degree of comfort essential for battered streets. It is not a soft car and it shows when going through potholes, although its damping is slightly less dry than that of a MINI Cooper S.

A design in tune with your level of dynamism

Being the sports version within the range, the Audi A1 S-Line it is dressed up with elements of racing flavor, such as a grille with a honeycomb finish, large air intakes – almost all simulated – with contrasting decorative details, a small diffuser with two exhaust outlets, 17-inch aluminum wheels with 214/45 R17 91W tires high performance and small air intakes on the edge of the hood as a tribute to the Audi Quattro of a few decades ago.

In the cabin, the sporty character is transferred to pedals and footrests in stainless steel, seats specifically designed for this version, upholstery in combination of Alcantara and synthetic leather, sports steering wheel and a special texture for the silver trim bar on the dash.

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The cabin is oriented towards the driver. Just look at the position of the A / C grilles around the instrument cluster or the slight tilt of the center controls to understand. The 8.8 ”screen it looks expensive, with the exclusive Audi interface within the Volkswagen Group and high-resolution graphics. Optionally, a 10.1 ”screen can be requested.

Perhaps the point where the Audi A1 S-Line he stayed one step below what was expected is in the materials selectionBecause it is the most accessible model in the range, it is the only one where we will find rigid plastic for the door panels; The rest, including the upper area of ​​the dash, the climate controls and the steering wheel buttons, have the brand’s signature premium feel.

Let’s talk about equipment. As with other models of the brand, there is a options list very extensive to assemble your car “on demand”, with extra elements such as online services for the infotainment system, a digital instrument panel with multiple views – the standard one is digital, but without so many display options -, headlight washers, automatic parking assistant or a larger screen for the multimedia system.

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The standard equipment included It is complete. In reality, the only major absence – and to some extent difficult to understand – is the backup camera, which is also offered for a fee. In the rest, all A1 S-Lines have a driving mode selector, parking sensor forwards and backwards, Bang & Olufsen sound, driving mode selector, cruise control, light and rain sensor, headlights. LED, automatic climate control, smart key and digital instrument panel.

A fun, premium-stamp car

The Audi A1 S-Line is a toy that delivers on what it promises: a high level of customization, an attractive design and a sporty drive that borders on addictive. And that of course has its price. The hot-hatch of the German firm has a label of 659,900 pesos. In the end, what Audi offers us with this model is the premium seal alternative to the new Volkswagen Polo GTI that in America we will only know in photos.



In favor

  • Accelerates forcefully at any rev range.
  • The cornering is outstanding, with a lot of poise.
  • The S-Line package does a lot by design.


  • There is room for improvement in some finishes.
  • Does not include reverse camera.
  • The price is somewhat high.

Audi A1 40 TFSI S-Line

659,900 pesos

  • Motor: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
  • Power: 200 hp @ 4,400 rpm
  • Through: 236 lb-pie @ 1,500 rpm
  • Transmission: 6 vels double clutch automatic.
  • Traction: Lead
  • Brakes: Disk / disk
  • Weight: 1,335 kg
  • Maximum speed’: 235 km/h
  • Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h ‘: 6.5 s
  • Front suspension: Independent McPherson type
  • Rear suspension: Torsion bar
  • Length: 4,029 mm
  • Trunk: 335 liters
  • Consumption in the city: 9.6 km/l
  • Combined consumption ‘: 15.8 km/l
  • Tank capacity: 40 liters
  • Made in: Spain

” Figure announced by the manufacturer

We thank Estacionamientos Deprisa for the photo shoot. For more information about their facilities, visit their website.

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The news Audi A1 S-Line, tested: a pocket rocket that convinces by dynamics and design was originally published in Motorpasión Mexico by Gerardo García.

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