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Citroen C1

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Citroen C1

The Citroen C1 is very cheap to buy and to run

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.4 HDi 54 hp 4.1 l/100km Diesel 15.6 s 154 km/h
1.0 12V 68 hp 4.6 l/100km Petrol 13.7 s 157 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 3/5
Number of seats 4
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 3 430 mm
Width 1 630 mm
Height 1 470 mm
Wheelbase 2 340 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 880 kg
Weight (max) 1 325 kg
Boot space (min) ?
Boot space (max) 390 l
Fuel capacity 35 l


   The Citroen C1 is produced since 2005.

   There is a choice of a 1.4-liter diesel or a 1.0-liter petrol engines. Both of them are rather good for driving around town, but have to be worked hard to make use of the five-speed gearboxes. Furthermore both of them return good fuel economy. The star buy is a 1.0-liter petrol which has a better performance and can hold it's own on the motorway.

   The Citroen C1 has a very firm ride. In fact it is too firm for a car that will spend most of it's life in the city. However it handles well and body lean is in check going through the corners.

   Both wind and road noises are present, but they do not make you feel uncomfortable. Small engines are also noisy, but it gives this car an appealing sporty feel. However such exhaust note becomes wearing on the motorway. One more disappointment is the suspension noise, that can be heard working going over coarse surface.

   The Citroen C1 is offered for a very reasonable price. It' running costs are also easy on the pocket. Unfortunately resale values are likely to be weak. Considering that the C1 was developed alongside the Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 107 it's mechanics should be reliable.

   Inside the car there are noticeable some cost-cutting measures. In general the C1's cabin is well built, funky and attractive, but some fabrics and plastics feel rather cheap. Most of the controls are easy to use, while the heating controls are transparent and glow at night. There is also plenty of oddment spaces around the cabin.

   The steering wheel adjusts for height only, however it is still easy to find a comfortable driving position. Visibility is good, but the rear door pillars limit the rear view.

   Four adults will just about fit in the Citroen C1. Unfortunately boot space is very small. Furthermore it is poorly shaped and accessed through a glass hatch. The only way to take some more luggage is to fold the rear seats.

   On the standard safety list there are two front airbags, while the range-topping Rhythm trim comes with two side airbags as well. The Citroen C1 comes with a smart anti-lock brakes, designed to keep the car stable whenever you hit the brake pedal. This feature works both on a straight road and in the middle of a bend, but it is still far from a true stability control.

   The Citroen C1 comes with a choice of two trim levels. The entry level Vibe trim comes with a CD player, but that's about it. Upgrading to the Rhythm trim, which comes with a five-door cars only, adds electric front windows, rev counter and a remote central locking. Air conditioning is available as an option on the Rhythm trim, while alloy wheels are not even optional.

      Production of the C1 still continues.


   Advantages: The Citroen C1 is very cheap to buy and run. It has a fresh and funky looks inside and out. Furthermore it's fun to drive.

   Disadvantages: Ride is too firm for a city car. Too much noise protrudes inside the cabin, while there is not enough standard equipment.

   Verdict: A new smile in the city.

   Also consider: Smart Fortwo, VW Fox.


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