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More than 20,000 copies of the Audi A1 have already been sold in the Netherlands. This means that it has become a successful model and that there is an active after market present. Even when a windscreen replacement is required for your Audi A1, you can visit the after market, where the prices of a new windscreen are much lower. Before we look further, we look back at the first generation of the Audi A1 and its success, and then see how the second generation deviates from this model.
The Audi A1 was presented to the public in 2010 and was intended as an entry-level model under the Audi A3. A comfortable car, focused on performance, but with a lower price tag than the Audi A3, which has been in the Audi portfolio since 1996. The Audi A1 didn't just come out of thin air: it is the result of several concept cars that would eventually end up in the A1.
The first generation Audi A1 is built on the PQ25 platform, the same platform as the Volkswagen Polo and the Seat Ibiza, both from the Volkswagen group. The first models were standard equipped with a manual five-speed gearbox and could be delivered as 3- or 5-door.
Already in 2010 it became messy for Audi around the production of the A1. Audi enthusiasts know that Audi is producing strong or successful models in the S-version, a top version of a certain type. In Paris was a type shown with 185 hp, a 1.4 TFSI engine with turbo and a mechanical compressor. But because in hindsight the car didn't meet the high demands, it never got the S-classification from Audi. In fact, this 'top model' was included in the standard range of the Audi A1.
At the end of 2011, Audi launched a special version of the A1 on the market. This quattro version features a 2.0 TFSI engine with significantly more power, special rims, more design elements, adapted bumpers and a six-speed gearbox, which is of course manual. Only 333 of this model have been made.
Not much happened during the facelift in 2015. Of course Audi made up for that with the second generation of the Audi A1. A completely new platform was chosen (entirely in the style of the manufacturer). The MQB-AO platform is the basis for the successor of the Audi A1 8X. It is striking that from the second generation Audi sprays the C-pillars in the colour of the car itself. The different and characteristic C-pillars of the Audi A1 have therefore disappeared since the second generation.
The COD engines remained available for the Audi A1, but the second generation is only delivered with petrol engines and is also only manual with six gears.
If there is window damage in the driver's field of vision and this cannot be repaired, then the windscreen of your Audi A1 needs to be replaced. Also, branched cracks outside the driver's field of vision are a reason to choose to replace the windscreen.
The Audi A1 was to be the entry-level model under the Audi A3, of which almost 90,000 were sold. However, the Audi A1 entered the same market segment as the Volkswagen Polo and the Seat Ibiza, where it mainly wanted to be the more luxurious option. In the Netherlands alone, the Audi A1 has sold more than 20,000 cars since 2010.
Comparing the figures with the Polo, which has been in production since 1983, makes no sense (more than 363,000 cars can't compete with many other models). It is better to look at the battle with the Citroën DS3, which Audi has focused on by making the second generation fully adaptable. A little over 14,000 models of the DS3 have currently been sold in the Netherlands. With this we can safely say that the Audi A1 is a success.
If you're not sure, you can be sure that you can't do it yourself. Replacing an Audi A1 windscreen (and all other cars) is an accurate and important job where small mistakes can lead to big problems:
In addition, it is not necessary to do the car window replacement yourself. Our certified assembly partners can install an after-market windscreen in your Audi A1 at very attractive rates.
Windscreen Audi A1:
Windscreen Audi A1 with rain sensor:
€ 100,00 (NL) - € 125,00 (BE)
Do you have your own garage or are you a mechanic? Then you can also order new Audi windscreens from us without installation, so that you can install them yourself.
There are two differences between the Audi windscreens and the after market car windows for the Audi A1. The first difference: there is no brand logo on the after market windscreens. And that's the basis for the second difference. The Audi windscreens with the brand logo are considerably more expensive and can initially only be sold by the brand dealer.
There are no other differences. The car windows are of the same quality and in most cases are even made in the same factories.
Are you completely finished with your broken windscreen or do you have a MOT on the horizon? Then make an appointment today so that the windscreen of your Audi A1 can be replaced by certified experts who also give a guarantee on the work carried out.
Can't find the right windscreen on the website or do you have doubts about the possible car windows for your Audi A1? Then just contact us. We are ready to help you.