With the A1, Audi has a solid contender in the super-compact market – competing with the Fiat 500, Mini Cooper, and the BMW 1 Series for young, urban, affluent drivers. And after introducing a 3-door A1 in 2010, Audi is now hoping to lure more buyers by offering a 5-door version of the sporty and unique car. The new Sportback will offer a full backseat, with an optional 5th seat, as part of an interior that offers more room and storage space than the 3-door. Audi is also committed to offering plenty of options for the A1, in both performance and personalization; at the high end is Audi’s MMI navigation plus, with DVD drive voice control, a 6.5-inch fold out 3D LCD, and a 14 speaker 465-watt Bose surround sound system. For performance, buyers can choose between three gasoline and three TDI diesel engines, for an available 185 hp, and Audi’s 7-speed S Tronic transmission is available. In all, the small size of the A1 requires few compromises – solid exterior lines, a full range of performance and comfort options, and a well-engineered and designed interior. Still no word on a US release of the A1, but you can see a gallery of what’s going to be hitting European markets in 2012 after the jump. via: Autoblog.