When you buy a used Audi A1 Citycarver, you’ll be able to choose between the “30 TFSI” and the "35 TFSI”. The former is a three-cylinder, 113bhp 1.0-litre unit while the latter is a four-cylinder 148bhp 1.5-litre unit. The 30 TFSI does 0-60 in under 10 seconds while the 35 TFSI does 0-60 in under 8 seconds. Both can reach top speeds of over 120MPH (190KMPH).
Exact fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions will depend on the driving conditions (and your driving style). Under real-world conditions, however, 45MPG would be a reasonable ballpark estimate for both engine options.
The Audi A1 Citycarver is a trim for the regular Audi A1 Sportback. There are some customizable options, but these are mainly to do with appearance and styling. This means that, for the most part, the price of a used Audi A1 Citycarver will largely depend on its engine, age and condition.
The Audi A1 Citycarver is a city hatchback with “rugged” exterior styling. This means that the Citycarver has a bit more height than the average hatchback. It also has the hexagonal grill design you’ll find on proper Audi SUVs. It does not, however, have anything like the heft of a real SUV. It’s meant for city driving but not off-roading.
Overall, it’s intended to be a sensible, family hatchback. For example, the sports seats come with Isofix child seat anchor points and 3x3 point rear seat belts to hold little ones safely in the back.
Just as importantly, the driver should find it very easy to get themselves into a safe and comfortable position. The driver’s seat is height-adjustable and has plenty of lumbar support. There’s also plenty of scope to adjust the height and rake of the steering wheel.
If you opt for a used Audi A1 Citycarver, you’ll get the benefit of a whole host of safety features. These range from the fairly standard ABS brakes and driver's airbag etc., to the more premium parking sensors, traction control and cruise control.
There are also lots of nice touches which just make life a more pleasant and/or more convenient. For example, all used Audi A1 Citycarvers benefit from Audi's characteristic Virtual Cockpit screen plus a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a service indicator light.
As you’d expect, there’s air conditioning, plus both sets of windows are electric. The mirrors are both electric and heated and there are airbags all round.
Unlike real SUVs, the Audi A1 Citycarver is actually fairly handy around corners. This is likely to be because it is a lot lighter than your standard SUVs and hence both easier to steer and less inclined to overbalance.
The Audi A1 Citycarver also scores well on its use of space, even very tall adults should be fine in the front. Anyone up to 6 foot should be fine in the back. There’s enough room in the rear for two adults comfortably, or three children (or two children and a pet) would also be fine.
Real SUVs have become popular as city vehicles due to their extra height and the extra visibility it offers. They do, however, also suffer from a lot of disadvantages, such as cumbersome handling. What’s more, they are notorious for both guzzling fuel and damaging road surfaces. The Audi A1 Citycarver lets you have the extra height of an SUV with the extra weight. It also comes at a much lower price tag. Buying a used Audi A1 Citycarver is an even more economical option.