New Audi A1 Citycarver specs revealed

Audi has unveiled the brand new A1 Citycarver - a supermini dipped lightly in SUV sauce. Read on to find out about its tech specs and more

James Wilson
Oct 21, 2019

Do you like the Audi A1? Do you like slightly raised superminis? Then you’ll love the new Audi A1 Citycarver. Even better news, you won't have to wait long to get your hands on one, as UK order books open this September with deliveries expected to start before the end of Autumn 2019. Slight catch? You'll have to stump up £22,040 to buy one.

The first Audi A1 arrived in 2010 and set the upmarket supermini sector alight. A combination of German build quality and attractive styling meant the A1 sold well. The second-generation launched towards the back end of 2018 and has largely carried on where the old model left-off, but one key difference is the A1 is now offered in this SUV-esque Citycarver guise.

Quick facts

  • Taller and more rugged A1
  • Delieries expected before 2020
  • Choice of two petrol engines
  • Prices start at £22,040
  • 335 litres of boot space
  • Plenty of standard kit

Audi is not the only manufacturer lifting its superminis. Albeit at a slightly different price point, Ford has the Fiesta Active and Kia has the Picanto X-Line. The A1 Citycarver is somewhat lacking in direct rivals unless you consider the smallest SUVs on sale such as the VW T Cross

Read on to find out more about the Audi A1 Citycarver's engines, technology, design and more

New Audi A1 Citycarver model range and prices

From launch, the Audi A1 Citycarver is available in a solitary 'citycarver' trim resplendent with 17-inch alloy wheels, bulkier A1-esque styling and LED headlights. The Citycarver is also raised by 4cm compared to it's hatchback cousin thanks to a redesigned suspension.

The standard A1 range consists of SE, Sport, S Line and S Line Competition models. Whether Audi will look to create as an extensive lineup for its Citycarver derivatives remains to be seen, but its Q2 (the smallest SUV in the Audi range) boasts a similarly large list of models.

There are three optional extra packages available on the A1 Citycarver. First up we have the £1,695 Technology Pack which brings Audi’s virtual cockpit (a multi-functional display which replaces the standard digital dash), a 10.1-inch central media screen and wireless phone charging.

 

Somewhat complementing the Technology Pack is the Comfort and Sound Pack. Costing £1,150, this brings more advanced parking assistance, heated front seats and a Bang and Olufsen sound system.

Finally there's the Plus Pack, priced at £695, which brings tinted windows and a selection of interior touches.

Audi A1 Citycarver engine range 

In line with current trends, the A1 Citycarver is initially only available as a petrol. There's only one choice for now though, a 1.0-litre 116hp unit, known as the 30 TFSI in Audi speak.

There is also a 148hp 1.5-litre option for the A1, known as the 35 TFSI, but as yet that will not be dropped into this Citycarver spec.

We will have to wait for official confirmation on fuel economy and emissions, but for the standard A1, Audi claims around 50mpg for the 30 TFSI engine and around 46mpg for the 35 TFSI engine (there are small fluctuations dependent on trim). Normally when you raise a car though, the economy suffers thanks to an increase in drag.

Audi A1 Citycarver technology

In terms of technology, the A1 Citycarver is up there with the best of them. Starting inside, all models come as standard with an 8.8-inch touchscreen media display (which can be upgraded to 10.1-inches) and 10.3-inch digital dashboard.

Also included is Audi’s Connect services – a suite of tools that connects your car to the ever-increasing world of data. These services are normally free when you purchase a car new, but could well require a subscription in subsequent years.

Other as standard bits of kit include full-LED headlights, air conditioning and cruise control. There is also a raft of safety kit, including lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking.

Audi A1 Citycarver exterior 

The changes to the Citycarver’s exterior are far from extensive, but there are changes nonetheless. Chief of which are a new rear bumper design and wheel arch trims - there are metal skid plates underneath, too, not that many will notice them.

There are a choice of nine colours, including this rather striking orange, which can be paired with either a black or grey contrasting roof if you so desire. Finishing off the A1 Citycarver's aesthetics are a set of 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.

Audi A1 Citycarver dimensions and boot space 

As the Audi A1 Citycarver is based on a supermini, it is relatively small – it measures in at as near as makes no difference four meters long. That said, it does come with a useful 335-litre luggage capacity.

Being that the Citycarver is lifted to make it look more rugged, it comes with around 40mm more ground clearance than the standard model.

Audi A1 Citycarver review

We are eagerly awaiting a chance to get behind the wheel of an Audi A1 Citycarver to see whether the increased ride height has improved or worsened the overall A1 package. With order books soon to be opened, expect an update on this sooner rather than later.

 

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