Of all the new cars Audi has debuted recently, the Audi A1 Citycarver is among the most interesting. It’s an odd sort of car that doesn’t seem to make much sense on paper but is actually sort of intriguing as an actual product.
Essentially, the Audi A1 Citycarver a standard A1 hatchback with a jacked up ride height. At first, that idea doesn’t make much sense. But when you think about it more, it actually does make sense for customers in dense urban cities. With its taller ride height and longer-travel suspension, it can actually handle potholes and tall curbs better than the standard car. So it’s still a small hatchback, making it easier to park and navigate traffic with, but it also gives its owner some added piece of mind when driving over rough pavement.
As of right now, there will only be three powertrain options at launch, all of which are petrol-powered. The base model will be the Audi A1 Citycarver 25 TFSI, which will come with a 1.0 liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, making about 93 hp (70 kW) and 129 lb-ft (175 Nm) of torque. Above that, the Citycarver 30 TFSI will use the same turbocharged-triple but will make 114 hp (85 kW) and 147 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque. The 25 TFSI model will only be available with front-wheel drive and a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 30 TFSI will also only be front-drive but will have either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Topping the range will be the Audi A1 Citycarver 35 TFSI, which will actually get four-cylinders, a 1.5 liter turbocharged unit. It gets about 147 hp (110 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. It will also only get front-wheel drive and the same six-speed/seven-speed transmissions options as the 30 TFSI model. The 35 TFSI is obviously the fastest of the three, getting to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds, with the 30 TFSI taking 9.9 seconds and the 25 TFSI taking 11.2 seconds.
At market launch, the Audi A1 Citycarver will start at €22,100 for the entry-level 25 TFSI model. There will also be an “Edition One” model that will cost an additional €5,650. That will be either a 30 TFSI or 35 TFSI model that comes with special 18-inch wheels and either an Arrow Grey or Pulse Orange paint color. It will also get a roof, mirror housings and lower door sections painted in a contrasting color, likely gloss black. It will also get darkened headlights and taillights.
When we first learned of the Audi A1 Citycarver, we thought Audi had gone a bit mad. But, after actually seeing it, it makes some sense. If I personally lived in a tight European city, I’d consider the A1 Citycarver because it looks cool, has a great interior, is the right size for city driving and its taller ride height provides better piece of mind. So it actually seems like a surprisingly good car for urban city types.