By Declan Glynn
The new Audi A1 Citycarver is the most progressive model in the new A1 product line-up.
Possessing a fresh and self-confident stance on the road, extensive connectivity and multiple customisation options, the A1 Citycarver is at home in any environment – in the city, on country roads and motorways, and even on slightly rough terrain.
Sporty Body Lines:
The new A1 Citycarver is based on the amazingly capable A1 Sportback in terms of technology and design.
It features powerful and taut sporty body lines while also offering around four centimeters of additional ground clearance. This provides for easier entry and better visibility.
The new suspension, with a higher ride height, accounts for 35 millimeters, while the other 5 millimeters is due to the larger wheels compared with the A1 Sportback.
Engine & Transmission:
The new A1 Citycarver is available with just one engine option – a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder 116bhp petrol unit, which is available with a six-speed manual transmission, or a slick-shifting S tronic automatic.
Cabin & Boot Space:
For a vehicle with compact dimensions, the A1 citycarver boasts a large luggage capacity of 335-litres, but with the rear seat backrest folded down, the complete load capacity is as high as 1,090-litres.
The spacious cabin of the A1 Citycarver creates a comfortable experience for the driver, front passenger and rear passengers in equal measure. With its emotive and customisable design, the eye is drawn in particular to the compact unit of air vents and the standard digital instrument cluster.
The cabin of the Citycarver is constructed of high quality materials, while seat comfort is top class too.
The car’s digital instrument cluster blends in very well with the air vents for a fluid, uncluttered look, while a height adjustable centre armrest proves very useful for motorway cruising.
Car on Review:
My review car was an Audi A1 Citycarver 30 TFSI 7-speed automatic (S tronic) finished in stylish Misano Red pearl-effect paintwork with a contrasting Mythos Black roof for an ultra-modern look.
Standard equipment includes lane departure warning, Audi Pre-sense front, a 10.25” digital cockpit with an 8.8” MMI display, hill hold, heated door mirrors, Audi e-call, sports front seats, roof spoiler, LED headlights, LED rear lights with dynamic indicators, Smartphone interface, front centre armrest, 17” alloy wheels, 3-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel, rear parking sensors, cruise control, aluminium interior switches and buttons, along with many more comfort, convenience, safety and technology features.
Optional extras fitted to my test car included an auto-dimming rear view mirror, dual-zone climate control, multi-coloured ambient lighting, Audi’s amazingly practical Virtual Cockpit, accent surfaces in silver-grey diamond, Audi Sound System and Audi Drive Select for ultimate individuality.
With 116bhp and 200Nm of torque on offer, the sweet-revving 1.0-litre petrol engine enables the car to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 9.9-seconds, and can achieve a top speed of 198km/h, while consuming as little as 6.4-litres of fuel for every 100km’s driven on a combined driving cycle. Annual road tax is just €200.
Impressive Driving Dynamics:
On the road, the A1 Citycarver’s powertrain is equally as good as it is in a regular Audi A1, with a smooth, torquey and refined feel, while the car’s slick-shifting automatic transmission makes driving a pleasure on a mixture of roads.
As in the regular A1, the ride quality of the Citycarver is excellent. With extra suspension travel to soak up bumps, the Citycarver feels softer and well settled on the road, while admirable steering precision provides great feedback to the driver.
The A1 Citycarver’s distinctive design creates an unmistakeable look, its flexible equipment options stimulate the imagination, while its agile handling ensures a great driving experience.
Overall, the A1 Citycarver is a crossover vehicle with lots of advantages.
The new Audi A1 Citycarver is priced from €29,350 (ex-delivery) and is on sale in Audi dealerships nationwide now.
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