Both the Audi A1 Citycarver and Ford Fiesta Active are cut from the same cloth. They’re both super-minis designed with a bit more suspension travel than normal, to make driving in the city a bit easier. The idea is that, even though they’re incredibly small cars, in them you sit higher, can see more of the road and you won’t feel big bumps and potholes as harshly. But are they any good and, if so, which one’s better?
In this new comparison test from Auto Express, we take a look at both cars to see which is the better jacked-up hatchback.
The Audi A1 Citycarver is, essentially, an A1 on stilts. It gets a taller ride height and some additional plastic body cladding to make it look “tough”. Same goes for the Ford Fiesta Active, which is essentially just a normal Fiesta but in pumps.
Under the skin, the Citycarver is almost identical to its traditional A1 counterpart. So, in ’30 TFSI’ spec, it gets the same 1.0 liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine, making 114 bhp. That’s not much and its 9.7 second 0-60 mph time is lazy at best but it is just a city car, designed to handle dense urban traffic. It likely won’t reach 62 mph often.
The Fiesta uses a similarly small 1.0 liter turbo-triple but it makes a few more ponies, packing 123 bhp. That helps it reach 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, so it’s noticeably quicker, despite only having a small horsepower advantage. Thank its lighter curb weight for that.
In this AE test, both cars were equipped with six-speed manual gearboxes, which can help add some fun to otherwise boring powertrains, and both are front-wheel drive. So with similar equipment, which jacked-up city car is best?
According to AE, the Ford Fiesta Active is the better than the Audi A1 Citycarver. It’s quicker, it’s more fun to drive, has similar build quality on the inside and a lower price tag. So, as a city car, the Fiesta is the winner.