2019 Audi A1 Citycarver revealed: price, specs and release date

New jacked-up version of the A1 hatchback features SUV styling...

Audi A1 Citycarver

On sale: September 2019 | Price from: £28,000 (est)

The latest Audi A1 has already proven itself to be a very capable city car, offering a better all-round package than the rival Mini hatchback while also bringing rock-solid resale values. It's not what you'd call rugged, though, so for those buyers who want to marry the A1's small size with the chunky looks of an SUV, there's a new addition to the line-up: the A1 Citycarver.

With suspension that raises it up by 35mm over the standard A1, the Citycarver features more muscular bodywork – including a new front splitter and side sills – designed to make it look every inch the rufty-tufty off-roader.

Audi A1 Citycarver interior

2019 Audi A1 Citycarver engines and interior

Buyers have just two engines to choose from, with the entry level choice being the 114bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine we recommend in the regular A1. If you find yourself in need of more power, then there's a 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol too. No version of the A1 gets Audi's quattro four-wheel-drive system, though, and that extends to the Citycarver too.

Audi will offer the Citycarver in three trim levels, dubbed advanced, design selection and S line. Design selection models come with ambient interior lighting, while S line cars feature part-leather seats. Elsewhere, the interior of the A1 Citycarver is identical to the standard car, which is no bad thing. Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital dashboard display comes as standard.

Audi A1 Citycarver rear

2019 Audi A1 Citycarver price

While Audi hasn't revealed specifics, prices for the A1 Citycarver are expected to start at around £28,000. That means the Citycarver will be an expensive choice, especially given that its main rival –the Ford Fiesta Active – costs from just £18,350. Or you could choose the Kia XCeed from the class above, which will cost from £20,795 when sales begin in September. Our Target Price discounts could help when buying the Citycarver, though, since you can currently save up to £980 on the regular Audi A1 through What Car? New Car Buying

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The best and worst small SUVs

If Audi's jacked-up A1 has got you thinking about small SUVs, then you'll want to know which ones deserve a place on your shortlist. Well, in this next story we've revealed our favourites – and we'll tell you which small SUVs to avoid too.

10. Renault Captur

Renault Captur

The Captur may look like a chunky SUV that shrunk in the wash, but it’s actually a cunningly disguised Clio on stilts. Like the Clio, a range of economical petrol and diesel engines are available and only the front wheels are driven.

The Captur is good value, undercutting most of its rivals on purchase price and offering some of the lowest CO2 emissions in its class. It's not as swift or agile as the competition, though, and its interior quality is underwhelming compared with the best in class.

Used Mini Countryman Hatchback 17-present

The Countryman has a well-appointed, plush-looking interior and a decently sized boot. It handles well, but the ride can be unsettled and it has more road and wind noise than in some rivals.

The Countryman is large by small SUV standards and makes decent use of what space there is. A high roof and low seating position mean even the tallest of drivers will be able to get comfortable, while a wide body means you shouldn’t be rubbing elbows with your passenger.

Read our full Mini Countryman review or see our latest Countryman deals

8. Suzuki Ignis 

Used Suzuki Ignis Hatchback (16-present)

Suzuki has taken the 'small' part of the small SUV to the extreme – the Ignis is just 3.7 metres long and 1.7 metres wide. That makes it about the same size as the Volkswagen Up and Kia Picanto city cars. However, with its flared arches, bluff nose and jacked-up stance, there’s no mistaking it for anything other than a radically designed and eye-catching baby SUV.

The Ignis is also well priced and neatly packaged. Only its stodgy handling and so-so interior quality let it down.

Read our full Suzuki Ignis review or see our latest Ignis deals

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