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2020 Audi A1 citycarver Review

CAR SIZE: sub-compact
BODY TYPE: Hatchback
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Back in 2010, German carmaker Audi introduced the A1, a three-door sportback meant for city dwellers. The car enjoys a high degree of success in Europe, but that’s what you would expect from a vehicle in this class.

Trying to boost sales, Audi introduced in July 2019 the “most progressive model in the new A1 product line.” Called A1 citycarver, the car is an elevated hatchback with an appetite for nearly any type of road.

1Exterior design & features

The car is of course based on the stock A1 Sportback but comes with a tad more ground clearance and unique design cues.

The citycarver retains the regular length of the A1 – 4.04 meters – but lifts the entire body of the car by 4 cm (2 inches) thanks to the use of a new suspension and larger wheels.

At the front, the things that set this model apart from the rest of the A1 range are the large Singleframe grille reminiscent of the ones fitted on the Q family, a sculpted honeycomb insert in matt black and slots above the grille.

The underbody protection painted in stainless steel and the redesigned wheel arches and side sills make the car look ready to take on nearly any challenge. At the rear, the citycarver shows distinct rear bumper and LED lights with dynamic turn signals.

There are nine colors available for the A1 citycarver. A special edition one model is available with arrow gray finish and pulse orange wheels 18-inches in diameter.

2Interior design, features
and passenger space

The interior of the A1 citycarver shows little differences compared to the regular model, as there was no need to tamper with it.

What’s new is the design of the instrument cluster that forms a compact unit with the air vents, and the use of materials in new combinations. That includes the ones on the center tunnel console and the doors that blend surfaces in mint, copper, orange or silver-gray.

For the interior, there are three equipment lines available: advanced, design selection, and S line.

3Gadgets

One of the aces up the A1’s sleeve has always been the level of technology it offers. Meant for city residents, mainly young buyers, the car came right from launch with the gadgets it needed to convince potential buyers.

For the citycarver, Audi cuts no corners. It offers a fully digital instrument cluster as standard, the Audi virtual cockpit and MMI navigation plus, all based on a 10.1-inch touchscreen. For good measure, voice control of some of the car’s systems is also possible.

The A1 citycarver uses HERE maps, Google Earth navigation, traffic information and parking information, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Music is blasted out the Bang & Olufsen sound system that packs 560 watts of power.

4Performance

When it comes to the engine choices for the new A1 model, Audi wasn’t very generous in revealing the details. What is known is the car launches with only two engines, but it’s likely the entire range deployed on the regular A1 will join the party at a later date.

The two debut engines are the 1-liter turbo with 116 hp and the 1.5-liter with 150 hp. Both, as will subsequent ones, use either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic, and will come with fours driving modes: auto, dynamic, efficiency, and individual.

5Safety

The entire complement of safety features deployed on the current A1 has made it into the citycarver.

These features include the usual hardware, like airbags, ESP, and ABS, but also passive safety and driver assistance systems.

That means adaptive cruise control, park assist, pedestrian and cyclist detection, and lane departure warning.

6Conclusion

The A1 consistently sells shy of 100,000 units per year since its introduction. The arrival of the citycarver is likely to push that number above the 100k threshold.

According to Audi, the car is already available for order, and it will begin arriving at dealerships this fall.