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Audi A1 Sportback wins key award

The Audi A1 Sportback has won the ‘most cost-efficient’ car for an SME Company Car Driver in the annual Business Car Manager SME Company Car of the Year Awards 2012

The Audi A1 Sportback has won the ‘most cost-efficient’ car for an SME Company Car Driver in the annual Business Car Manager SME Company Car of the Year Awards 2012. It looks like this five door model could be just as successful as the three door model. Editor of Business Car Manager, Ralph Morton said "the Audi A1 Sportback encapsulates everything that's welcome about company car downsizing: a premium badge for car park credibility, low CO2 emissions for reduced company car tax exposure, and running costs that put a stranglehold on any business motoring expenditure."

James Douglas, Head of Fleet Sales at Audi UK, added “it is fantastic to see the A1 Sportback regarded so highly for its efficiency credentials. The 1.6 TDI engine is capable of achieving 74.3mpg whilst only emitting 99g/km. Practical and with a premium feel inside and out, it is a genuinely exciting company car choice.” These headline figures really are impressive, there is no doubt that this car would be first choice for any company in order to keep their costs down and still have such a premium look.

Standard features are generous and include alloy wheels, split/folding rear seat, front and rear electric windows, air conditioning, single CD audio system with MP3 compatibility and ESP with latest differential lock system. The options list for the A1 Sportback offers much more than the three door version, there is the possibility to choose one of three contrasting colours not only for the roof line as in the three-door, but also for the entire roof itself as well as, and in S line models the spoiler that extends from it.

In many ways the new Audi A1 Sportback five door makes more sense than the three door A1, the added practicality doesn’t ruin the looks or the likeability of the car and the extra flexibility is a bonus. The interior is extremely spacious and has a full five seat capability with a slight increase in head and shoulder room and the luggage compartment capacity is on par with the three door version at 270 litres increasing to 920 litres with the seats folded

The 1.6 TDI SE version with 105PS and CO2 of 99g/km is priced from £14,700, but prices start at £13,980 rising to £21,270. It really is a genuinely exciting company car and there is no doubt it will go from strength to strength within the business world.