Audi has always been a premium brand of car.
It’s up there with Mercs and BMWs. But now there’s an affordable way into that brand: the upcoming Audi A1 citycarver (we think that lower case is intentional – it certainly looks that way from how it is depicted on the Audi official press release) should be here something this spring.
(We’re awaiting confirmation on that one.)
Although Audi has said it’ll be comfortable on country and rough roads, it probably won’t be the best thing to take off-road with you. That’s because the citycarver is basically built as an urbanite’s car.
Taking the cues.
It takes its cues from the A1 Sportback in terms of its design and the tech it houses. So the body, as you can see, certainly is one sporty little number. The hatchback definitely looks designed for zipping about town readily enough.
Unfortunately, at this point, Audi has been limited with info on engine capabilities. But if it’s anything like its predecessor, it will have (and we’re, like Jason from Friday the 13th, taking a stab here) something akin to a turbocharged 1.0 litre, three-cylinder engine with 85 kW power and torque of about 200.
That’s approximately 0 – 100 km/h in 9.4 seconds. While the top speed would be 203 km/h (which you really don’t need anyway, but it’s nice to know).
Something the Audi A1 citycarver will have in common with the A1 Sportback is quite a “generous interior” (according to Audi), which we presume means you won’t be closed in or cramped. It’s a four-door, and four-door vehicles tend to be comfortable enough for four people in any case.
You’ve got baggage. Need therapy? Maybe a bigger boot will do.
If you’ve got a fair amount of baggage, then you have plenty of space to put it in the luggage compartment. There will be about 335 litres of it, in fact.
As the Audi 1 citycarver is aimed at a more youthful market, such as those looking to upgrade from their first car and move into a more luxury brand, it has the infotainment to boot. It’ll be a fully digital instrument cluster (standard) with all you’d expect from an automobile maker like Audi. A 10.1-inch touch display and you’ll be able to make it do things via voice command, too.
Finally! Someone who listens to you!
It’ll also be connected to Google Earth, making navigation a cinch and will offer traffic as well as parking information. Its interconnectivity will also allow it to be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot for mobile devices.
While we have to wait for the reviews to come in, it does sound like the suspension makes the citycarver nimble, so taking sharp corners will be easier, even with wheels up to 18 inch in diameter.
Oh! And finally, you’ll have nine colour options. Sounds worth getting in our book!