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Autocar UK, By Hilton Holloway

© Image credited by Haymarket Media Group | New Audi A1 Citycarver: rugged hatch priced from £22,040.

The new Audi A1 Citycarver, a more rugged, off-road-inspired version of the firm's compact supermini, has arrived in UK dealerships priced from £22,040.
Standard equipment on entry-level models includes 17in alloy wheels, a matt black front grille, LED headlights and dynamic rear indicators. Two engines, a 114bhp 1.0-liter turbocharged 30 TFSI, and 148bhp 1.5-litre 35 TFSI are available, and the standard six-speed manual gearbox can be swapped for a seven-speed S Tronic for £22,695. 
The Citycarver receives roughly 2in of additional ground clearance with the addition of larger wheels and an upgraded suspension set-up over the standard A1. However, it is positioned as a more city-focused ‘urban crossover’ than the brand’s fully-fledged Allroad models. 
Adding to its robust image is a protective bodykit similar to that fitted to Audi’s range of larger Allroad models, comprising contrasting wheel arches and side sills, with a stainless steel skidplate enhancing the supermini’s off-road credibility and durability.
At the front, the Citycarver is differentiated from the standard A1 with two distinctive slots below the bonnet shut line and a matt black honeycomb grille, while the rear bumper has been redesigned to more closely resemble Audi’s Q2 and Q3 compact SUVs. 
Nine colors are available, with buyers able to select a grey or black contrasting roof. The stainless steel and grey exterior trim elements can be finished in black with the addition of an optional styling package. 
Inside, trim accents finished in copper, mint, orange or grey mark the Citycarver out from the standard A1. A 10.1in touchscreen, voice control, Bang and Olufsen sound system and digital instrument cluster feature as standard, too.
Three trim levels are available from launch. Design Selection adds interior mood lighting over entry-level Advanced, with range-topping S Line offering a leather interior, roof spoiler, and larger alloy wheels. 
To celebrate the new model’s arrival, a special edition will be available for a limited time. The A1 Citycarver Edition One is finished in grey or orange sits atop range-topping 18in alloy wheels, has tinted light clusters and features black exterior trim all around. 
This article was originally published in Autocar UK.
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