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For Our pick of the C1 range may be the entry-level version, but it has the same neat handling and low running costs as the others.

Against 'Basic' is a kind way to describe the VT's interior. Another way is 'sparse'; the VT doesn't even get electric front windows. Rear seat space is tight and the boot is small.

Citroën C1 Hatchback

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2 out of 5 stars

The C1 VT in three-door form may be short on boot and rear seat space, but its low running costs make it an appealing small car for those who drive mostly in the city.

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Key facts

12.3 secs
Top speed
98 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
506 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Citroen's rejuvenated flair for styling is evident in the C1's funky looks that manage to give it chic and cheek in equal measure.

Just as importantly for a car likely to spend most of its time in town, the Citroen C1 has compact dimensions that make it easy to slot through traffic and into tight parking spots.

Another major plus for the Citroen is its affordable list prices across the range, which are further improved by the discounts Citroen offers on a regular basis - and that's before you've started to haggle.

Low running costs add to the appeal, with more than 65mpg available from the petrol engine, as well as emissions of less than 100g/km (on manual-gearbox cars), which future-proofs the Citroen C1 against punitive road tax increases.

The C1 handles nimbly, but it’s not all good news: the poor refinement and ride count against it, and equipment levels only improve at the upper reaches of the range.

Reader test team says:

Citroën C1 Hatchback 1.0i Vibe 3dr

Just sold my wifes C1, owned it for 4 years and 22k miles. Never missed a beat and no faults (how many cars can that be said of?). Never less than…

mick shaw

5 out of 5 stars

Citroën C1 Hatchback 1.0i Vibe 3dr

Just bought this car, Gone from a VW Polo to this C1 and I am very impressed with this car, OK ...it may be a small engine but for 20 quid tax A YEAR…


4 out of 5 stars

Citroën C1 Hatchback 1.0i Vibe 3dr

I had the c1 for 2 years and it very basic car thats cheap to run and easy to drive and park in town its a small smart car. This car likes to rev and…

David Allison

5 out of 5 stars

Citroën C1 Hatchback 1.0i Vibe 5dr

Fantastic! Good things: reliable, frugal, chuckable, you can rev the hell out the engine.Does 80+ all day on motorways. Takes front/rear bangs by…

Tony rodell

5 out of 5 stars
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