When Audi first revealed the A1 Citycarver, most enthusiasts and journalists were a bit confused by its purpose, or seeming lack thereof. What the hell is the point of jacking up the ride height on a premium supermini, amirite? However, after some thought, the Audi A1 Citycarver actually makes some sense as an urban city car that can more adeptly handle some of the rigors of city driving.
In this new review from Auto Express, we get to find out what it’s like to drive. Because we’re based in the U.S., we won’t be getting the Audi A1 Citycarver, so we have to go by what we read about it.
According to AE, the Audi A1 Citycarver is an interesting car. It’s not bad at all but it’s also not great or groundbreaking. Thanks to its 50mm raised ride height, the A1 Citycarver is more comfortable over bumps than the standard car, one of its bigger benefits. It’s also still quite an accurate car to drive, with relatively sharp steering and good body control.
However, AE seems to be a bit confused about what it’s actually supposed to be and whether or not it’s worth buying over other cars in similar segments. On one hand, it’s an interesting car to drive and quite objectively good. But when compared to some of its semi-distant competitors, AE isn’t entirely sure that the Audi A1 Citycarver is worth the premium.
The only way I can see the Citycarver being the choice over the standard car is for the ability to look pseudo off-road-capable. While it will never be a proper off-roader, it has the height and capability to handle some nasty bumps in the road, potholes or curbs. So the Audi A1 Citycarver might be an answer to a question no one asked bat at least it’s a good one.