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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?...

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Boyan Marinov
30 Sep 2019 21:01

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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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)

Rivals Ford Fiesta Active, Kia XCeed


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