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Audi reveals off-road-inspired Audi A1 Citycarver

German firm’s supermini has been given a robust makeover designed to entice buyers of small crossovers

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Audi has revealed the A1 Citycarver, a more robust-looking version of its premium supermini.

The A1 Citycarver’s key differentiation with the standard A1 hatch is its increased ride height, which is two inches higher than before. This is achieved through raising the suspension and fitting bigger wheels.

It has chunky wheel arches, a front grille similar to Audi’s Q range of SUVs, and stainless steel-coloured underbody protection, which aim to evoke 4×4 imagery. However, like most similar vehicles, Audi suggests that it would only be capable over ‘slightly rough terrain’.

The interior is largely the same as the standard model, with the only differences down to trim level choices. There are three equipment lines available for the Citycarver, called advanced, design selection and S line.

2020 Audi A1 Citycarver - interior | July 2019 | The Car Expert

There’s a fully digital instrument cluster as standard, with Audi’s digital cockpit available on higher trims. A ten-inch infotainment system is included as standard, with an optional upgrade that includes Google Earth navigation, live traffic updates and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Orders for the Audi A1 Citycarver will open in August, with deliveries expected later in 2019. At launch, a special ‘edition one’ trim level will be offered, which features a unique grey or orange paint option, 18-inch alloy wheels, black trim details and interior equipment levels based on the S Line trim.

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Darren Cassey
Darren Cassey
Articles by Darren Cassey are provided for The Car Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new cars and features on various aspects of automotive life.