Audi are calling the 5-door A1 the A1 Sportback. This 5-door model will cost an extra 560 over the 3-door. The Sportback will come with 4 seats as standard, but a fifth seat is an optional extra. Audi claims that rear passengers will benefit from slightly more head and shoulder room. Boot space is the same though.
Four engines will be available from launch, as 1.2 TFSI, 1.4 TFSI 122PS, 1.4 TFSI 185PS and 1.6 TDI. A 2.0 TDI will follow later next year. Prices start from 13,980. First deliveries of the A1 Sportback will be in Spring 2012, with order books opening next month.
Standard kit on the Audi A1 Sportback includes alloy wheels, electric windows all round, air-con, MP3 compatible stereo system, split folding rear seats and ESP (traction control).
A unique styling feature the Sportback will get is the option to have the roof painted in a contrasting colour to the rest of the car. Whereas in the 3-door you can only have the edges of the roof in a different colour, in the Sportback you can have the whole roof painted in a choice of three different colours. The Sportback also gets a special-edition paint, called Samoa orange, that wont be available on the 3-door.
So, should you buy the Sportback or regular A1? Well, it all depends on what you use the car for. We reckon buying the optional extra seat is well worth it, as it means more practicality, as you can bring an extra friend on trips. Wed also predict that depreciation will be slightly less if you order the extra seat, as it should make the car easier to sell.
If you regularly carry four people then by having the extra doors that the Sportback provides will make it a lot easier for them to get out.
We personally think it looks just as good as the 3-Door, it still looks really smart. Be aware that the Sportback is slightly taller, by 6mm, which will make it look slightly less sporty. The contrasting roof colour is a really nice tough though.
Theres a slightly trippy video below that shows the Sportback, the space inside and some of the different colour options available. Its worth a look: