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Citroën C1 hatchback - Practicality & boot space

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

The Citroen C1 again falls behind the Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen up! in this area. There’s plenty of room in the front for the driver and passenger, but rear-seat occupants will feel pretty cramped. The boot is also smaller than you'll find in the Skoda and Hyundai. Buyers can choose between the sporty looks of the three door model or the added practicality of the five-door car, but the latter’s rear doors don’t open wide enough to offer unhindered access to the back seats.

Citroen C1 interior space & storage

While the space in the front of the Citroen C1 matches rivals, room in the back seats is pretty poor compared to the Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen up!, both of which offer impressive amounts of rear head and legroom. The Hyundai wins points for offering five doors as standard, while the Skoda’s wide body gives you plenty of elbowroom.

Anyone subjected to a long journey in the Citroen C1 will not appreciate the brand’s decision to fit pop-out windows to the car. They make the back seats feel even more claustrophobic than it already is and don’t offer adequate ventilation. That’ll be particularly noticeable to anyone squeezed inside the base model in hot weather with no air-conditioning. If you have a real need for fresh air on the move, go for the Airscape model which features a full-length retractable canvas roof for when the weather is nice.

Storage for odds and ends in the C1 is better than rear-seat space: there are cup-holders, a storage tray in the centre console, door pockets and a glovebox that can easily fit a bottle of water.

Boot space

Citroen has increased the C1’s boot space over the old model, and the new car offers 196 litres of luggage capacity. But that’s not enough to beat the Volkswagen up! (251 litres) or the Hyundai i10 (252 litres). As a hatchback, the C1 has a wide boot opening, but does without the false floor offered by the VW. That means it’s impossible to get a completely flat boot floor and there’s also a large load lip to lift heavy items over.

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