I recently spent a week with the new A1 Sportback 35 TFSI S line S tronic and fell in love…

It was Python Yellow so caught the eye of everyone everywhere I went – and the interior was customised and colour-coded to match! A big plus was that I never had to look for it in a mall parking lot filled with line after line of white, silver and grey cars (boring!).

Sharper, edgier lines than the previous cute and curvy model

On the outside, the contrasting black dome and edgie spoiler gives the car a sporty roof line and the low set design of the Audi (only 1,41 metres high) and alloy wheels contribute to its sporty, racing-car look (and a hint of the power beneath the hood).

The new Audi A1 Sportback is available in a choice of 10 daring colours, to complement your individuality. On the compact model you also have an option of a contrasting colour finish, from the A-pillar to the roof edge spoiler. The exterior mirror housings, side front spoiler lips and side sills are also available in a sleek, contrasting colour.

When it comes to lighting, the new Audi A1 Sportback boldly boasts the latest progressive technology. The distinctive daytime running light graphics of the optional full-LED lights echo the dynamic wing shapes from sailing.

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Inside, the gear console and dash cockpit were also trimmed in yellow – to match the fun grey and yellow Derby cloth seats.

The A1 Sportback is as firmly integrated into the digital world as you are

All cars get digital dials and a touchscreen infotainment system – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible – and the driver assistance systems are on par with the full-size Audis.

If you don’t know about Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto, here’s what they’re all about:

Developed to encourage motorists to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel, each is a stripped-down version of your phone’s system that runs on your car’s computer interface. They allow you AND your passengers (think VERY happy teenagers) to control music, navigate, and communicate by way of voice commands and the car’s manual controls.

All models come standard with a fully digital instrument cluster with a high-resolution, 10.25-inch display and a multifunction steering wheel.

Drives like a bigger car, parks like a small one

The big surprise to me though, (having never driven an A1) is that the 35 TFSI is powered by a 1,5 litre engine. Powerful turbocharging, direct injection and a particulate filter are standard.

It’s a really smooth drive too, and felt like I was driving a bigger car, but zippy enough to handle tight corners and small parking spaces. And the reverse camera meant that backing out of my narrow garage was really easy and stress-free.

More luggage space than the previous A1

There’s a lot more luggage space in the new Audi A1 (65 litres more) and the boot offers 335 litres with the seats upright and 1090 litres when the seats are folded down.

As safe as… well, Audis

The Audi brand has a reputation for understated style, uncompromising quality and is a classy car to drive. It also delivers Audi reliability on the safety side and the A1 is no exception.

Standard in the new A1 are 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control (ESC), Auto lights and wipers, and moms will be reassured by the three-point, inertia-reel seatbelts and ISOFIX mountings to keep your precious cargo safe.

The best reason to buy an Audi A1 35 TFSI

Halfway into my 100km road trip, and driving at 120kms per hour on the highway, the digital display told me that this little pocket rocket was offering a fantastically low fuel consumption of 5.5 litres per 100kms.

Price: from R359,900, with the 35 TFSI S line S tronic starting R469,800 (excluding optional extras).

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