New Citroën C1

The C1 is a distinctive city car with quirky styling and a range of highly economical engines. As the smallest and lightest car in the Citroën line-up, the C1 is perfectly adapted for life in the city. You can specify your C1 with three or five doors and there are Touch, Feel and Flair trim levels on offer, along with myriad customisation options.

Exterior design

Sleek and compact, the C1 is small but perfectly formed. Features such as split-level headlights and vertical LED bulbs integrated into the front bumper create a unique light signature. Two-tone contrast paint colours are on offer as an option, and the Airscape model adds a folding fabric roof.

Interior design

The C1’s chic aesthetic flows seamlessly from the exterior into the cabin. There are colour-coded features throughout the cockpit, accentuating the centre console and gear levers. With five full-sized seats, the C1 is a practical car for transporting families or groups of friends. The seats are supportive and can be covered with a wide range of fabric and trim choices.

Performance

There are two engines to choose from: a 1.0-litre petrol unit with optional start/stop technology and a 1.2-litre PureTech which delivers 82bhp. Whichever engine you choose, the C1 feels lively to drive around town, with strong acceleration and responsive handling. The smaller engine is the more frugal – when fitted with this unit the C1 returns up to 74.3mpg and emits just 88g/km of CO2.

Safety and technology

Each C1 trim level includes hill hold control as standard, which stops you from rolling back when you attempt a hill start, along with a comprehensive range of safety features. Feel and Flair variants boast a seven-inch touchscreen in the cabin with Mirrorlink smartphone integration. The range-topping Flair specification also includes a reversing camera to make city parking a breeze.

Trim levels for the C1 available varying by bodystyle:

Trim levels for the 3 door - from £10,140​:

  • Touch
  • Feel
  • Flair

Trim levels for the 5 door - from £12,390​​:

  • Feel
  • Flair
  • Urban Ride
  • Origins

Trim levels for the Airscape - from £13,320

  • Feel
  • Flair
  • Urban Ride

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CO2 Emisssions 88g/km
Touchsreen 7 inch
Engine stop/start

First Drive: Citroën C1


What is it?

If you’re thinking the Citroën C1 looks an awful lot like the Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo, you’d be right – they’re basically the same car. But with slightly different specifications and styling, they’re aimed at different people. The name of the game for the C1 is young and funky, and it does a pretty good job at delivering.

We’re testing it here in mid-spec Feel trim, paired with the full-length fabric sunroof – named ‘Airscape’ by Citroën.

What’s new?

The C1’s been available since 2014 and hasn’t changed much. Indeed, the only edit we’ve noticed is the addition of an up-to-date touchscreen infotainment system on the inside – replacing the dated unit previously available. This new box offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus a much easier-to-use interface.

Otherwise, the C1 is business as usual, taking the Toyota Aygo and replacing its rather angry, angular face with a more ‘cute’ rounded Citroen item. 


front view of Citroen C1

What’s under the bonnet?

Citroën offers the C1 with a single 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, producing 71bhp at 6,000rpm and gets to 60mph in 14.4 seconds.

Combined with the crisp five-speed manual, you can have some fun driving in the C1. Economy is also stellar – we averaged well over 60mpg without even trying.


What’s it like to drive?

The C1 is surprisingly good fun to drive around on a twisting road. A combination of quick steering, lots of grip and absolutely no weight means you won’t easily overwhelm the tiny tyres.

We’re also big fans of the fabric sunroof on our Airscape model – after all, a bit of fresh air makes any drive more exhilarating. It doesn’t appear to harm structural rigidity, either.


How does it look?

Our test car was painted in a really pleasant minty green shade. The C1’s proportions are cute rather than sleek, but it’s a shape that wears Citroën's ‘upside-down’ family face well – consisting of slim indicator and sidelight strips atop projector-style halogen headlights. Round the back, there’s an all-glass tailgate, which looks pretty slick.


A Citroen C1 driving on a road

What’s it like inside?

It’s in here where the C1 has tough competition from its rivals such as the Skoda Citigo or Suzuki Celerio, whilst the C1 is smaller overall, it's much more practical for short journeys making it a great little run around car.

The boot of the C1 is slim, but it makes up for it by being deep to fit more than you'd expect. Overall the interior of the C1 feels quite durable, with hardworking, colourful materials.


What’s the spec like?

Entry-level Touch trim is only available on three-door cars, with five-door models getting a choice of Feel or Flair trims. The basic cars include front electric windows, a two-speaker stereo, LED daytime running lights and remote locking. Step up to Feel and you’ll get larger steel wheels, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and air-conditioning plus a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

Top-spec Flair adds alloy wheels, chrome trim, electric mirrors, a rev-counter, a reversing camera and tinted rear windows. Airscape models come with a massive fabric sunroof, and can be had in otherwise-unchanged Feel and Flair trims.


Interior of the Citroen C1

Verdict

The C1 is a good city car, it’s cheerful, fun to drive and rather cute to look at – and for some that will be all they want.

Facts at a glance

Model as tested: Citroën C1 Feel Airscape

Engine: 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol

Power: 71bhp

Torque: 94Nm

Max speed: 98mph

0-60mph: 14.4s

Economy: 68.9mpg

Emissions: 95g/km

Rivals: Toyota Aygo, Skoda Citigo, Suzuki Celerio

Rear view of a Citroen C1

Finance offers apply to qualifying new vehicles ordered and delivered by 30/09/18. Offers available to qualifying retail customers excluding Citroën Contract Motoring. Finance offers apply to UK Mainland only. Finance subject to status. Guarantees may be required. Over 18s only. Excess mileage charge of 2.5p per mile will apply if you exceed the agreed annual mileage. Written quotations available on request from PSA Finance UK Ltd trading as Citroën Financial Services, Quadrant House, Princess Way, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1QA.

**C1 1 Years Free Insurance is available for orders taken from 1st July 2019 to 30th September 2019 and registered by 30th September 2019. Available to retail customers only. Available on all versions of C1 (Hatch & Airscape) excluding Touch. Minimum age 18, maximum age 75. All drivers must hold a full UK licence and meet eligibility criteria including limits on driving convictions & claims. Excess apply. Motor Insurance is provided and underwritten by UK Insurance Limited