Review of the Citroen C1, superb value on finance

The C1 is Citroens smallest city car. It is Citroens version of the Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo. Different front and back and with slightly different specifications, but built with the same parts in the same factory.

The C1 is perfect for a first time driver; it is cheap to buy with prices starting at £6459.

Low running costs add to the appeal, with more than 60mpg available from the petrol engine, as well as emissions of less than 110g/km, which future-proofs the C1 against punitive road tax increases.

The C1 manages to squeeze an enormous amount of interior space into a vehicle with it’s exterior size.  As a result boot space suffers slightly, but the rear seats can be folded for those times when you need more carrying capacity. The seats are comfortable and the trim and materials shame Citroen’s other small car offerings for build quality, looks and feel. It is similarly impressive on the road where its tiny 1.0-litre three-cylinders gives it adequate if unspectacular performance, though it makes up for its ultimate lack of urgency with a characterful engine note. It’s enjoyable to drive too, with quick, light steering and a slick five-speed manual gearbox. It is also available in a 1.4-litre turbo diesel. It offers even greater economy and no doubt a slightly less frenetic drive. Whether that’s a good or bad thing remains to be seen.

The Citroen C1 comes with a choice of 3 and 5 doors.  In conclusion a hard but firm drive yet a great car for running around town.

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Debbie Kirkley
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  • 30th November 2010

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