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For The Citroen C1 is cheap to buy and run, making it an ideal first car for young drivers or a second car for families not wanting to push the boat out too far.

Against The below-par ride and refinement can make life more of a chore than it should be. The car is also tight on rear seat- and boot space.

Citroën C1 Hatchback
22 5stars

Smart looks and affordable running costs make the Citroen C1 appealing, but more modern rivals – especially from the VW Group – make it show its age in some areas.

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There are 6 Citroën C1 versions available

Hatchback 1.0i VT 3dr £8,095
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0i VTR 3dr £9,220
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0i VTR 5dr £9,620
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0i VTR+ 3dr £9,945
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0i VTR+ 5dr £10,345
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0i VTR+ EGS 5dr £10,845
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

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…

Mark BRASS

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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