Image comparison: New Audi A1 2018 hits MINI five-door F55 LCI

Eight years after the introduction of the first Generation in 2018, the new Audi A1 rolled out in the summer to the dealers. The second Generation of the Premium small car based on the technology system of the VW Polo, as a consequence, the almost countless models of the VW group’s proven MQB architecture, the wolf Burger is among the new edition. While the first Generation was initially available only as a three-door available, the new edition directly as a five-door hatchback called the Sportback at the Start and it should stay that way because the demand for the three-door version was always behind the ambitious goals, the Ingolstadt-based company, which is why a successor of the cooler, but less practical Version seems to be currently practically excluded.

The indisputable most important opponent of the new Audi A1 2018 – at least apart from the group’s own and the technically closely-related rivals VW Polo and Seat Ibiza is the MINI five-door F55, the recent Facelift brought up to date. Our image comparison, Audi A1 Sportback and MINI shows F55 LCI from similar perspectives and thus allows, at least virtually, already, a direct comparison of the send a Premium-compact car. After MINI’s for decades, with the development of iconic Designs successfully, tried it now, the Audi A1 bonds in the case of a famous ancestor. Even if the Details quoted Ur-quattro operated with a completely different audience, he appeared to the designers of the A1, apparently as a suitable Inspiration.

In the interior of the Audi A1 2018 relies completely on digital Displays. The other models well-known Live Cockpit and the optional touch screen with 10.1 inches of screen diagonal, the interiors are very modern. Also the offer of the assistance systems is a very topical and includes, on request, among other things, an adaptive cruise control with distance control, a lane-leaving warning, and Park assist systems, which are in a comparable Form for MINI been available for years.

The engine range of the Audi A1 includes first, exclusively on gasoline engines in a power range from 95 to 200 HP, the range of efficient Diesel engines, the Ingolstadt-based waive, at least to the market launch, in full. In the case of the MINI, the range currently includes four petrol engines with 75 up to 192 HP and three Diesel with 95 to 170 HP. The MINI John Cooper Works five-door model with 231 HP is currently in the process of switching to WLTP and gasoline particle filter is not available, but will be taken in 2019 back to the program and could then compete against a possible Audi S1, the present, the Ingolstadt-based company with a high probability to a later time.

The prices for the A1 start in Germany at just under 20,000 euros for the 95 HP model, a comparable MINI One five-door model with 102 HP from 19.900 Euro. Below the MINI One First with 75 HP, the changes are already starting from 17.900 euros to the owner ranks.

[Photos: MINI/Audi]

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