By jacking up the A1 Sportback by a couple of inches, Audi has created the A1 Citycarver. While we wonder why the world needs the A1 Citycarver, remember that Land Rover used to build the Evoque Convertible.

In similar fashion to the Fiesta Active, the A1 Citycarver is clad with pretentious wheel arch extensions to go along with its new-found attitude. Annoyingly the addenda work rather well on this A1, making it look like a worthy alternative to the bigger Q2.

While looking down on the plebeian A1 Sportback, A1 Citycarver owners will most likely point out that they have more kit and their bumpers are different too. However, A1 Sportback owners can claim that they have the same interior space, right down to the 335 litres boot.

Like in the A1 Sportback, a digital instrument cluster is part of the standard equipment, but the range-topper gets Audi virtual cockpit and MMI navigation with 10.1-inch touch display, and the 560 watts Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System.

Suspension aside, the A1 Citycarver is mechanically the same as the A1 Sportback. There’s a choice of turbocharged petrol engines ranging from a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder to a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder with either manual or S tronic transmission.

This colour scheme reminds us of the Subaru XV

And if you’re wondering why Audi didn’t just call it the A1 Allroad, it’s mainly because the A1 is not fitted with the quattro all-wheel drive system.


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