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Rugged ride for the urban jungle: full spec and price of Audi’s A1 Citycarver revealed

Audi has released price and spec of its A1 Citycarver – an off-road-inspired sports-focused city car.

The new model, which sits between Sport and S-line variants of the Audi A1, features raised ride height, more rugged external styling and enhanced interior and tech spec.

Although it can cope in terrain, it’s not to be confused with a proper SUV or 4x4. Audi says the Citycarver is built to cope with “slightly rough terrain”.

Nevertheless, the rugged looks, raised 4cm ride height and other offerings are likely to appeal to a lifestyle audience, although those with some spare cash: from £22,040 to be exact.

In terms of segment, it’s bigger than a citycar, the smallest of the car classifications: Audi officially describes the A1 Citycarver as a “compact supermini”.

Available to order since September, the new Citycarver features 30 TFSI and 35 TFSI petrol engines and it certainly looks the part; it has a more muscular look than A1 Sportback trim it’s based on, thanks to wheel arch enhancements and redesigned sills in a contrasting colour, underbody protection in a stainless steel finish and raised suspension giving around four centimetres of additional ground clearance.

Its large, octagonal “Singleframe” is also reminiscent of the Audi Q models (Q in Audi nomenclature signifies SUV), and surrounds a sculpted honeycomb insert painted in matt black.

Two characteristic slots above the grille differentiate it further from Sportback trim. At the rear, a new-look bumper echoes the robust look of the front end.

It’s available in nine exterior options, which can be optionally combined, depending on the colour chosen, with a contrast roof in either Mythos black metallic or Manhattan grey metallic.

There are two engines for now. The 30 TFSI is powered by a 114bhp turbo 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto ’box.

The more powerful 35 TFSI powerplant – which costs around £1k extra – has a turbo 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 148bhp. Its’s also mated to the same six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission options.

The cockpit is largely the same as the A1 Sportback, with additional enhancements to reflect the Citycarver’s price and status. Boot space is the same as the Sportback at 335-litres.

Audi boasts the smartphone-integrated Citycarver is one of the most technologically advanced cars in its segment, with an 8.8-inch MMI touch screen and 10.25-inch fully digital cockpit display which take care of the majority of functions.

This capability can be expanded further by adding the optional Technology Pack incorporating the Audi virtual cockpit with an increased range of views and functions, MMI navigation plus a larger 10.1-inch high resolution screen, Audi connect online services and the Audi Phone Box with wireless smartphone charging.

A Comfort and Sound Pack (£995) is also available adding the Parking System Plus with acoustic and visual assistance and additional front protection to complement the standard rear sensors, front seat heating and a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system with 560 watts of music power.

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