Citroen C1 Car Reviews

The C1 is a city car available as a 3 or 5-door hatchback, with enough space for 4 passengers. It comes with a 1.0 litre petrol engine which although not the fastest, enables the C1 to zip about town well and hold its own on motorways due to the cars lightweight design. It is very economical too, with a combined 62.8mpg. There can be some engine noise when it is worked hard, but it gives a sporty feel rather than a grating drone, and although there is some wind and road noise present at motorway speeds, it isn’t too intrusive. The ride can be a little firm on some city streets, but it does lead to decent handling that enables the C1 to easily zip through traffic and along twisty side streets.

Price Range: £-1 - £-1
Insurance Groups: N/A - N/A
MPG Range: N/A - N/A
Score: 4/5
Well designed
Cheap to run
Small boot
A little noisy
Ride is a little firm

Latest Citroen C1 Car Reviews:

Citroen C1 1.0i VT 3dr - March 2012
The C1 1.0i VT 3dr lacks rear seat and boot space but its fuel economy makes it an ideal and appealing compact car for those who drive in and about the city. Its cabin is made of hard plastics but ...
Citroen C1 1.0i VT 5dr - February 2012
Citroen C1 1.0i VT 5dr is a good car for town driving and low fuel consumption makes it practical for a daily commute. The engine is impressively responsive and does not need to be worked hard to g...
Citroen C1 1.0i VTR 5dr - March 2012
Reasonably priced, efficient and cheap to run – the Citroen C1 1.0i VTR is a great city car which offers both environmental and economic benefits. Not only will drivers get plenty of miles to the g...
Citroen C1 1.0i VTR+ 5dr - February 2012
The C1 1.0i VTR+ 5-door is an excellent small car, with a spacious interior and offers a pleasant driving experience. With its improved 1.0-litre engine offering superb economy and green credential...

Citroen C1 Overview

Inside, the C1 is impressively spacious for such a small car. Four adults will fit in reasonable comfort, with only the tallest passengers being particularly cramped, and although the boot is small there are a number of cubbies around the cabin for storage of smaller items. If larger items need to be transported the rear seats can fold down to provide extra space. One downside could be that the rear windows only pop open to let in some air rather than roll down fully. Although not a significant downside, it may affect the decision of a buyer who regularly carries rear passengers.

The styling of the interior may not be to everyone’s tastes, with glow in the dark heating controls and a pod-style speedo, but it fits with the groovy styling of the car. There is some painted metal on show and some cheaper materials have been used to keep costs down, but that would be expected given the very affordable price of a new C1.


The C1 has been produced since 2005 and is still in its first generation, although it received a facelift in 2009, which gave the car a new front bumper and revised grille. It was developed in conjunction with the Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo as part of the B-Zero project. The Citroen and Peugeot are identical other than slight variations to the bumper and light clusters, and although the Toyota is more differentiated, it is easy to recognise the similarity.


The C1 is an affordable city car that is not only cheap to buy but also to run. It could be considered an ideal first car, with its tight turning circle, small size and good visibility, making it easy to drive.

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