Audi competes with Mini in new A1

Unveiled at the recently concluded Geneva Motor Show, the A1 is not just another Audi because, as how the Mini is, you can also pretty much customize it to your liking. This is where you can pretty much choose from the body color to how it matches or contrasts with its roofline as well as those in those inside the car including its air-vents. If you like, you can also change the color of the LED lights inside the car too.

The A1 comes in either the front wheel drive or the more stable all-wheel-drive systems and will initially be available in the European markets. Audi announced that they will only sell the second generation of the mini-car in the United States in 2015 due to the strict tax issues imposed there. The size of the car is pretty much the same as the BMW 1 Series models which is quite long and wide which means that the Mini is inferior in size. It will come in 2 variants which is the 2 door and 4 door hatchbacks respectively.

The all-wheel-drive is supposedly more stable but will not come with the very quick engine installed in the Quattro as reported by some. The engines will be paired with a 6 speed automatic transmission gearbox as standard while for those who desire to have better control of their driving might opt for the 5 speed manual transmission gearbox. The base engine that comes with the A1 is the 1.2 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that gives you 86 horses. A step higher would be the 1.6 liter engine that pounds out 122 horses while a 1.6 liter engine too is available. You also get an engine start-stop system as well as a regenerative braking system. Audi lover or not, super-minis would always strike a good reputation especially at first glance but with more and more manufacturers jumping onto this bandwagon, the competition might just be a bit too intense for Audi.