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Audi to axe A1 small car when current generation ends


The A3 hatchback will become the entry point for the brand going forward

Audi has decided to discontinue the A1 hatchback after the model lives out its current generation.

Speaking to German newspaper Handelsblatt, Audi’s chief executive officer Markus Duesmann said “we have decided not to build the A1 anymore, and there will be no successor model from the Q2 either. We have also realigned Audi as a premium brand.” 

The Audi A1 is currently available in Australia with three powertrain options, the 30 TFSI, 35 TFSI S tronic and S Line 40 TFSI S tronic which headlines the range with 147kW of power

The quickest A1, the S1, which began production in 2014, is no longer produced by the company. The car used a 170kW version of the Volkswagen Group’s EA888 turbocharged four-cylinder engine. 

Audi A1 2021 driving
The Audi A1 will join the Q2 as a discontinued car come next generation

Prices for the A1 in Australia start at $33,200 for the entry level 30 TFSI with 85kW. Next up is the 35 TFSI with 110kW that is priced from $35,800 before on-road costs. The 40 TFSI rounds out the range with 147kW of power and is priced from $47,200 before on-roads. 

When will this model actually finish up?

For those fearing the demise of the model, the change won’t happen overnight and is likely to only take place after the models current lifespan of approximately six to eight years. 

Audi A1 2021 rear
The top spec Audi A1 40 TFSI makes 147kW of power

The A1 is likely to be on Australian roads a little while longer – until likely 2025 or 2026. 

Audi is determined to put a greater focus on electrification throughout their range, so it is possible that an electric successor similar to the model could happen, but the A1 nameplate could be retired for good. 

That being said, an A1 E-tron would certainly be cool.