The new Audi A1 has been out for a while now and has proved itself as a perfectly reasonable small hatchback against the likes of the MINI, Ford Fiesta and such. We've also seen the rise of small crossovers in this segment too. Yes, Audi has the Q2 but that's more of a proper crossover.
However, Audi had a brilliant idea of giving the A1, their smallest car, the Allroad treatment and called it the Citycarver. Think of it as a modern version of the dreary Rover Streetwise.
So what is the difference between the Citycarver and a normal A1? Well, it's slightly taller thanks to a 35mm increase in suspension and tires which have gained 15mm. If you're good at maths, you would have figured out that this is 50mm taller than a standard A1. This gives it more suspension travel over lumpy surfaces, such as the commute to a school which will most likely involve speed bumps. There are also some new wheels and chunkier bumpers. That's about it.
The inside is standard A1, which isn't too bad but, we prefer the interior in the A3. This means the cheap plastics remain, but there is decent amounts of equipment and space, which is always a nice thing.
Engines are carried over from the standard A1, with the 1.0 TFSI coming first and then followed by the older 1.4 TFSI, rather than the newer 1.5 TFSI. However, a six-speed manual gearbox will be offered which is slowly becoming a rarity. Unlike it's bigger Allroad brothers, the A1 Citycarver will not be offered with quattro. Not that you need it in a car this small with 150bhp.
For a niche product, it's weirdly likeable. Sure, it starts at £21,155 which isn't cheap but, we'd rather you buy a Citycarver than the Q2.