| 22nd June 2011
Audi has launched a congestion and VED exempt version of the A1.
Audi has unveiled a sub-100g/km version of the popular A1 compact hatchback which will be exempt from VED costs and the London congestion charge.
The new A1 will return some 74.3mpg thanks to an upgraded 1.6-litre diesel engine and a manual transmission which will allow the cost-cutting A1 to clear 0-62mph in 10.5 seconds with a top speed of 118mph.
Pricing for the frugal A1 will stay at the current start price of £14,480 – one of the initial reasons for the German car’s initial success in the European market place.
Since its release late last year the A1 has received a wealth of praise and awards thanks to its mixture of affordability, drive and typical Audi quality, resulting in it being named Car of the Year 2011 by What Car?
The new A1 looks set to improve on that reputation as it becomes cheaper to run and own. It has also allowed Audi to steal a march on the other executive manufacturers including BMW and Mercedes who don’t have a car which is exempt of VED.
The A1 was launched to challenge the likes of MINI and more recently the Citroen DS3 in the premium hatchback segment and as a result it comes with a comprehensive list of standard equipment including alloy wheels, an iPod dock and a retractable 6.5-inch display.
There is also a choice of three trim levels comprising of SE, Sport and S.
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