Citroen C1 hatchback

Price  £8,345 - £12,415

Citroen C1 hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Low running costs
  • Full-length fabric roof
  • Decent standard equipment
  • Not as spacious as rivals
  • Rear windows don’t wind down
  • Smaller engine struggles on the motorway

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“The Citroen C1 has fresh styling and frugal engines, but cramped rear seats and a poor-quality interior mean it’s not a class leader.”

This is the second generation of the Citroen C1, a small car that's cheap to run and most at home in the city. As with the old model, it shares parts with the Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo in an effort to keep costs down.

The C1 goes head-to-head with Carbuyer's 2014 Car of the Year, the excellent Hyundai i20, as well as the Skoda Citigo and its sister models the Volkswagen up! and SEAT Mii.

Low running costs and an affordable list price are extremely important for a car like this and the C1's 1.0 and 1.2-litre petrol engines deliver on both fronts. The larger engine is the pick of the pair and its added performance has a negligible effect on running costs. It combines with the C1's compact dimensions to make it feel nippy in town, even if it's not as quiet on the motorway as the Skoda Citigo or Hyundai i10

The car is available with three or five doors and boasts a funky interior design, but there isn’t as much space inside as you get in a Hyundai i10 or Skoda Citigo. The C1 has a smaller boot than both of those models, too.

Many C1 buyers will be young or recently qualified drivers, and to attract them, Citroen offers the car with a long list of customisable options. These include items such as chrome door handles and mirrors for the exterior, plus trim packages for the interior. There's also the Airscape model, which adds a sardine-can-style roll-back fabric roof so you can enjoy open-air motoring on sunny days.

Even the basic C1 is equipped with remote central locking, electric windows and a two-speaker MP3 stereo. Upgrading to the Feel model brings useful extra kit, adding air-conditioning, a four-speaker stereo and a height-adjustable driver's seat. This model also has a seven-inch touchscreen that mirrors your smartphone's display. 

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.3 / 5

Fuel costs are low, but insurance premiums are higher than main rivals

Engines, drive & performance

3.2 / 5

Citroen C1 is a competent performer, but falls short of the standards set by the Hyundai i10

Interior & comfort

2.6 / 5

The Citroen C1 doesn’t feel as well built as the Hyundai i10 or the Skoda Citigo

Practicality & boot space

3 / 5

The Citroen C1 has cramped rear seats and below-par boot capacity for this class

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

It’s too soon to say how reliable the new Citroen C1 will be, but safety is comparable to the best in class

What the others say

3.4 / 5
based on 2 reviews
3.7 / 5
“The new Citroen C1 is a step up from its predecessor, with good refinement and a sense of fun.”
3 / 5
“The latest generation of Citroen's C1 city car has cheeky looks and an attractive list price.”
What owners say 
4.3 /5 based on 4 reviews
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Last updated 
29 Oct 2014
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