The Audi XX seeks to establish itself as the current benchmark in the small city car segment. Elegant, over-equipped, well motorized… she is in the process of winning her bet. In search of an image, its manufacturer is already aligning the creams that have made the brand’s reputation, the Audi a1 quattro and the Audi a1 cabriolet.
A1, a reference in its segment
Presented to the general public at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, it is intended to replace the A2, which was a real commercial failure for the brand. The Audi XX remains to this day the only small city car of the brand with rings, considered even as the smallest model of the firm, hence its version “A1”. Round, man, but elegant, the Audi XX is in direct competition with Citroen’s small DS3 city cars, Alfa Romeo’s MiTo and the Mini reference. Straight out of the Audi Brussels factory in Forest (Brussels) and signed by the famous German designer Wolfgang Egger, the Audi XX wants to display a reputation as an ultra-sporty and luxurious little city car. The result is very attractive.
The Audi A1, a top-of-the-range small city car from Audi
Its rounded line, enhanced by an imposing hexagonal grille, affirms its “distinguished” side. Dedicated to a young and BCBG clientele, it benefits from all the latest equipment such as the Bluetooth system, 60GB hard disk with multimedia player… The XX Audi is available in a 3-door version, the Sportback or the A1 S Line Audi model, designed for 4 people like the Mini. The Audi XX Sportback which is the 5-door version. It is supposed to accommodate 5 people thanks to its rear bench seat with 3 seats, but the rear space of 1266 mm is too small to accommodate 3 people. Rear passengers feel cramped with its roof guard disadvantaged by the roofline. It still does better than the Mini in terms of legroom thanks to its 2,469mm wheelbase. Its trunk can accommodate 270 dm3 of luggage and can hold up to 920 litres when the seats are folded down. Habitability and comfort are the order of the day. On board, the dashboard boasts a top-of-the-range, sober finish, with rich materials and clever interior design. The soundproofing and the level of equipment do not give rise to the slightest reproach.
Sober and efficient engine for the A1
Under the hood, the Audi XX inherits four fuel blocks: the 1.2 TFSI 86 hp, the 1.4 TFSI 122 hp as on the a1 s line Audi, the 1.4 TFSI COD (Cylinder On Demand) of 140 hp, the 1.4 TFSI of 185 hp and finally the 2.0 TFSI of 256 hp that equips the powerful a1 quattro Audi. The Audi XX is also available in diesel version: the 1.6TDI version with 90 hp and 105 hp and the powerful 2.0TDI version with 143 hp. The Audi XX shines with their mechanical nobility, soft at low revs, impressive in the towers but above all seductive with its extreme sobriety in terms of fuel consumption. It should be noted that to shade its competitors, the Audi a1 cabriolet should be on the market soon.