What's Wrong With This Picture: Pass The A1 Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Auto Motor und Sport‘s Erlkönig prototype hunters tracked down Audi’s smallest car yet, testing before a 2010 European launch. Pricing and currency issues are blamed for the A1’s Euro-restricted habitat, and with a base price of €16-18k for a 1.2 liter engine, it’s no surprise that it won’t show up stateside. The possible 200 hp, AWD, seven-speed DSG S1 version sounds worth a grey market import, but at an estimated $36k, you’d have to be pretty fanatical about hot hatches to even think about it. And good luck finding a VW dealer in America who can work on your twincharger engine.

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  • Mirko Reinhardt Mirko Reinhardt on Oct 18, 2009

    @PeteMoran : Audi A1 thy name is VW Polo. It will be a more upscale version of the Polo - there is nothing at all wrong with that. The first Polo in the 1970s was a straight rebadge of the audi 50 after all. The Audi A1 will sell like hotcakes. The only problem is that it would have been much smarter to already have it 10 years ago.

  • Keepaustinweird Keepaustinweird on Oct 18, 2009

    Frankly I'm too lazy to scroll thru the prior comments to see if this has already been stated (though I suspect it has). The proportions of this car are horrible. Fugly. No bueno.

  • Gforce Gforce on Oct 19, 2009

    Nothing wrong really, just a continuous, endless supply of boring FWD econoboxes somewhat marketed as "premium" cars.

  • Redwood Redwood on Oct 19, 2009

    There is such a thing as too small, Audi. That design just screams dull as well. If you'd told me it was some lower end Asian brand, I'd have believed you.