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2019 Audi A1 hatchback continues to prove the U.S. misses out on the best cars

by Danny Zepeda | June 24, 2018June 24, 2018 1:00 pm PDT

The U.S. has had a long history of missing out on some fantastic cars due to import costs certain car manufacturers choose to avoid. Among those cars has been an extensive list of fantastic hatchbacks, including Audi’s A1 sporty car. The second generation of the hot hatch has been unveiled and continues the tradition of frustrating us Americans that can’t get our hands on Audi’s newest five-door sporty sedan.

The 2019 Audi A1 ushers in the second generation of the A1 line bringing it into modern times with many needed upgrades like the meaner facelift and an infusion of tech inside. As had been the trend for Audi, the front fascia of its cars have acquired a mean yet ultra-rugged look. The A1 is no different with a wide, classic Audi grille flanked by big air vents on the bottom corners that connect at the bottom of the bumper.

Looking at it straight up, it looks more like a refined Subaru than an Audi. Nevertheless, it is an Audi and the change is welcomed. It’ll make you want to go out on an adventure in the countryside. Audi made the chassis of the A1 bigger measuring 13.2-feet long, 5.7-feet wide and 4.6-feet in height. The differences are slight but they are there should make an immediate impact.

Serving as Audi’s entry line, the A1 is available a variety of engines that dip their foot as economical and powerful. The base 1-liter engine delivers 95 horsepower and the top of the line 2.0-liter engine maxes out at 200 horsepower while the 1.5-liter engine meeting the two in the middle.

Joining the other premium cars in Audi’s line, the A1 receives the optional 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster cockpit that is by far the best any car manufacturer offers and looks absolutely fantastic right next to the 10.1-inch infotainment display.

Adding some color to the line, Audi made available a yellow color option that will undoubtedly pop on the street. The vibrant color even bleeds into the interior with some parts of the dashboard and door wear the color as well as the seats.

Audi didn’t get into specifics about the A1’s availability or pricing, but it doesn’t matter to those in the U.S. as it won’t be coming here.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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