2020 Audi A1 Citycarver verdict
The Audi A1 Citycarver is a more-rugged version of the A1 Sportback, but is it the pick of the range?...
If you’ve taken one look at the pictures in this first drive and said to yourself “I love how this car looks”, then you’ll be pretty pleased with your A1 Citycarver: it’s comfortable, good to drive and reasonably spacious by small hatchback standards.
However, from an objective point of view, there is little real-world benefit of the body cladding, especially given the lack of quattro four-wheel drive. And yet the Citycarver costs about £2000 more than an equivalent regular A1.
If you’re not that bothered about the looks, then, but still want a premium small car, you’re better off going for a regular A1 and spending the difference on an option pack so your car is better equipped.
Alternatively, a Ford Fiesta Active gives you the same sort of rugged styling for less, while the Volkswagen T-Roc costs similar money to the Citycarver, and gives you a more pronounced SUV stance, more space and a higher driving position.
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What Car? says
Rated 3 out of 5
Audi A1 Citycarver 30 TFSI S Tronic specification
Price £23,580 Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol Power 113bhp at 5000-5500rpm Torque 147lb ft at 2000-3500rpm Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic 0-62mph 9.9sec Top speed 123mph Fuel Consumption 46.3mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax band 117g/km, 27% (NEDC)
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