2020 Audi A1 Citycarver verdict

The Audi A1 Citycarver is an SUV-style version of the A1 Sportback, but is it the pick of the range?...

Audi A1 Citycarver verdict

If you’ve taken one look at the pictures and said to yourself “I love how this car looks”, 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, the body cladding provides little real-world benefit, especially given the lack of four-wheel drive. And yet the Citycarver costs about £2000 more than the 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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Rated 3 out of 5

Audi A1 Citycarver 30 TFSI S tronic specification

Price £24,155 Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol Power 114bhp at 5000-5500rpm Torque 148lb ft at 2000-3500rpm Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic 0-62mph 9.4sec Top speed 123mph Fuel economy 44.1mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax band 117g/km, 27% (NEDC)

Rivals Ford Fiesta Active, Kia XCeed

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