For those of you who are avid readers of the Marmalade blog (let’s hope there are some of you), you will know how much I LOVED the Audi A1 – in fact it’s a serious contender for my next car – or at least it was until I drove this which has thrown a big old spanner in the works. I recently took the Audi A1 Citycarver for a 24 hours test drive and I’m going to tell you all about it – the good parts, the great parts, and the ‘I absolutely love this feature’ parts! Stick around if the Audi A1 Citycarver is a potential for your next ride.
The brand-new Audi A1 Citycarver
Yes, the name is a little odd, but get over that and you’ll be able to appreciate all of the amazing things this car has to offer. First of all – how it looks.
When I knew the car was on its way for me to drive, I didn’t look into it prior, I just assumed it would be a standard Audi A1 (which is also pretty amazing) but with some new fancy features. This isn’t the case at all. It’s bigger and higher, almost like a mini SUV which (if you’ve read my review on the SEAT Arona) you’ll know I’m a huge fan of. Once I saw it I was so excited to jump in and drive it – I knew it was going to be pretty special.
The style and design from the outside of the car continues through to the interior. It’s really sleek and angular in the details, from the door handles to the dashboard – it all sits nicely together. The infotainment screen sits within the dash too, which I much prefer to one that pops up. You can also get accents of the exterior colour inside, which (if you choose a daring colour) really makes it pop. I test drove one in a dark blue so it wasn’t clear and obvious that this was a feature, but seeing some others in the different colours is an added bonus!
The drive itself
The A1 Citycarver I took for a spin was a 30 TFSI 116, 1litre petrol, manual. It also comes in a 1.5litre version, but the smaller engine was plenty for me as a new driver. I felt instantly comfortable driving this car even though it’s quite a bit bigger than the standard A1! Changing gears was so smooth you could barely feel it and yet had plenty of power to get you going. In fact, I found myself driving around in second and third gear a lot because I didn’t even think of changing it – there was basically no noise from the engine and I wasn’t struggling to reach the speed limit.
Audi has said this car is made for urban driving, but I think it’s even more than that. Whether I was nipping to the shops, on the motorway, dealing with speed bumps – I knew that the car could take it. I’m also not one for driving long distances but felt that if this was my car, a big cross country road trip would be on the cards!
Probably the part that sold it to me the most was the tech. I don’t really like cars that give too much because I personally find it can be a bit distracting as the driver, but this one did it perfectly. Much like the Audi A1, it has everything you could want in terms of tech – but with a bit more. One of the best features in cars I have come across is the digital cockpit. This is when the built-in sat-nav sits next to the speedometer and rev counter in between the steering wheel. I had no idea how distracting I found it looking down to my left to see the sat nav until it was right in front of me and I could check directions with ease. Another great feature? It shows you on the map where all the petrol stations are which is a brilliant idea – as someone who lets their petrol run out until they’re running on fumes and desperately searches for the closest garage!
It’s a yes from me
I love this car – like, I actually love it! I knew after driving the standard A1 that I would consider it as my next car, but then I found myself loving the height and room of a mini SUV. It’s like Audi has read my mind and combined everything I wanted into this car. Thanks, Audi!
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