By on March 5, 2014

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Here’s a European hot hatch that I truly wish we got, despite the impossible market realities that prevent it from being offered here.

Despite being the size of the Polo, Audi has shoehorned the much larger 2.0T engine from the bigger MQB cars, with this variant making 230 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. 60 mph comes up in an awfully conservative 5.8 seconds, and yes, you can get a real manual gearbox as well as all-wheel drive.

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22 Comments on “Geneva 2014: Audi S1...”


  • avatar

    Sounds like a blast although you’d want 4WD. My wife has a Polo GTI and 180hp going to the front wheels via 7 speed DSG seems like more than enough from the 1.4l twin charged engine

    • 0 avatar
      Vega

      The S1 has 4wd standard. Derek’s text is misleading.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Let’s not confuse 4WD with AWD. Audi has AWD.

        • 0 avatar
          CRConrad

          If it has four wheels, 4WD = AWD. Let’s not confuse the debate with silly distinctions without a difference.

          (I bet most of your oh-so-rugged Yank “4WD” CUVs have the exact same Haldex “AWD” system, or some cheap Yank knock-off.)

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            It is absolutely not the same. The fact you would argue as such is indicative of your nature of stirring the pot around here.

            And besides that, you’re the KING of pedantry. You can’t say much when someone else specifies a distinction.

  • avatar
    Wheely

    I’m sure this has been rehashed before, but are the market realities of a hot hatch still that impossible in 2014? I could see the better-heeled-than-your-average-urbanite wanting just that.

    • 0 avatar
      Chris FOM

      I suspect in this case it’s more an issue with selling a B-segment Audi. While things have shifted somewhat, Americans still frequently buy their cars by the pound, and charging a premium price for a tiny car gets a lot of resistance. The new MB CLA and Audi A3/S3 will push this forward some (a because they have 4 doors and b because they’re priced somewhat competitively, both of which rule out BMW’s 2 series), but pushing even further down the size chain is stretching things. It’s the same reason MB won’t bring the A and B class here and the new BMW 1 series hasn’t come across either. To me the idea of a small, efficient, and tossable car with a luxury interior has a lot of appeal, but I recognize that’s not the market.

      • 0 avatar
        Easton

        It would sell well here in Canada.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        But they already brought the 1 series here a couple years ago?

        • 0 avatar
          Chris FOM

          The current European 1-series is a 3 or 5-door hatchback, which aren’t available in the US. The replacement for the current US 1-series is the new 2-series. BMW’s willing to play with pricey coupes but thus far has been reluctant to release anything below the 3-series that has 4 doors and could cannibalize sales. And even then the previous 1-series and new 2-series have been pretty pricey with a questionable value compared to the 3 or 4-series coupes.

          • 0 avatar
            CRConrad

            But, @Chris FOM, are you sure @CoreyDL is talking about BMW?

            Looks like he could have meant the Audi A1? (Of which the “S1″ is the sporty variant.)

  • avatar
    th009

    Actually 5.8 seconds takes you to 100 km/h (62 mph), so you can definitely knock a few tenths off that for a 60 mph figure.

  • avatar
    April

    I like it.

  • avatar

    very mediocre styling for the segment IMO. The front trunk looks like a clam shell and the all black roof is overdone.

  • avatar
    Macca

    From certain angles, the slab sides, high beltline, blunt nose and pronounced swage line bring the Alfa Romeo SZ to mind, one of my favorite car quirky designs. That and the black roof. I really like it.

  • avatar

    Having seen a 500L in person, This is much less dumpy. Full disclosure, I think that Audi’s are the best looking cars on the road. Would never pay for one though, given they are overpriced and cramped inside (at least up to and including the A4). I hear most are a little dull to drive, but I have never driven one.
    The 500L should not be branded as a 500 at all, the look is so far removed from the regular one. It is further from the basic 500 than any of the Mini spin offs are from the regular one.

  • avatar
    IHateCars

    I like this…nice!

    I was behind a Focus ST in traffic the other day thinking that Ford should build an AWD version of the ST with some more power and make it an SVT Focus. AWD boosted hot hatches are a cool segment.


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