When Audi first debuted the A1 Citycarver, it seemed to be an answer to a question that no one asked. However, after a bit more deliberation, it started to make more sense. The idea of a small, city car that has a taller suspension to soak up potholes and offer better outward visibility actually seems quite attractive to city-dwellers. But after driving it, is the Audi A1 Citycarver actually worth the extra money over the standard A1? Auto Express finds out in this latest review.
The Audi A1 Citycarver is about £1,400 more than the standard A1 Sport (it’s not available in the US so we only have Euro/GB pricing to go by), which isn’t an insignificant bump in price. Especially when you consider that the only extra car you’re getting with the Citycarver is its taller suspension.
Aside from its ride height, and pseudo-rugged plastic body cladding, the Audi A1 Citycarver is no different from the standard car. That’s not a bad thing, per se, as the standard A1 is still a great city car with a great powertrain and superb cabin technology. However, the standard A1 will probably be a bit more fun to drive, due to its lower center of gravity, and is the same in every other regard.
Honestly, I think the value of the Audi A1 Citycarver comes from the customer’s location. If you live and/or work in a dense city with pockmarked roads, the Citycarver’s added suspension travel and extra ride comfort are likely worth the additional cost. If you don’t live in an area like that, save the extra money and get the standard A1. Plus, you could use that extra money to tune the A1 and make it even more fun to drive.
Personally, I’d prefer the standard A1, and I honestly wish it was available in the US, but I can understand the appeal of the Audi A1 Citycarver. If you live in a city like London or Paris, where parking is at a premium and roads can be a bit rough, the Citycarver’s is probably quite nice to live with.
[Source: Auto Express]