I downgraded from a 2000 MGF to a brand new C1 when my job changed for the better and my income increased. Although most people would probably upgrade a trim, I decided that I'd had my sporty fun (and latterly, money pit) and the C1 caught my eye.
I was expecting to come down to earth with a bump and a lengthy period of "getting used to it", but I can honestly say I haven't had a single regret. My insurance costs are now rock bottom (£350 saved), tax is next to nothing and the car easily clocks up amazing mileage on a tank.
I find the car is better looking that its Toyota/Peugeot stablemates and although it's eye-catching, it isn't a magnet for those would-be racers at the lights.
Acceleration is smart, engine noise isn't too bad and the cabin is far more spacious than you would expect. The rear doors go all the way up to the boot and getting in and out of the back is a doddle.
Although the boot could be bigger, it easily fits enough luggage for a couple for a long weekend and more capacity can be achieved by dropping the rear seats to increase the holding bay to more generous proportions.
The only small gripes I have are that there's no central control for the passenger electric window, so you have to lean right across to hit the button. Also, there's no central air vents to channel the air to rear passengers.
I honestly can't think of another gripe. With the looks, price, specification and finish on this car so attractive, I highly recommend the C1.
This car is brilliant value! The price crashed to encourage me to buy the metallic blue five-door model in the showroom (how do they manage to get big, full-sized rear doors in a car of this size?) rather than the three-door in silver I wanted to order. It's amazing how nice a colour can become when you knock £1500 off the ticket price!
I use the car for driver training and it's the cheapest, simplest (and most basic) training vehicle I have used in many years. It looks trendy, is a joy to drive, has a cavernous cabin which fits my over-6ft customers with ease, costs £40 a year to tax and seems to go all day on a whiff of petrol.
The knowledge that this is also one of the least-polluting petrol cars on the road today helps keep my conscience clear as I clock up the miles in built-up areas. The boot is tiny, but heck if you really want to use it for the monthly shop the back seat will fold almost flat.
I do miss the air-conditioning of my previous car on hot days, so the 'pop out' rear windows are permanently open and I have a can of deoderant in dash pocket. Verdict? It does exactly what is says on the tin.
We were looking for a car for less than £8k that would do the school run and the weekly shop. The car had to be able to carry four people,be economical and easy on the eye.
The usual suspects were on our shopping list, Polo, Getz, Corsa etc. Then we stopped at a Citroen dealership with the C1 at less than £6K,offering 60mpg and £40 road tax, 3 year warranty, 1 year RAC cover.
The car is funky looking, well bolted together, Tardis-like inside and easy to drive. The gearbox is light, the steering superb and the car has a comfortable driving position.
The salesman offered the best part-ex price and we bought one. Unbelievable value, especially when compared to its Aygo and 107 sisters.
I have hardly seen my wife since we bought it - she can’t stop driving it. It turns heads at the supermarket with people stopping to stare. It is fair to say though the seating accommodates four people with ease, the boot is only big enough for a sandwich and a newspaper.
For that weekly shop, you have to drop the back seat which takes seconds. But since when has practicality ever entered a female mind, looking good is the priority and cars don’t look much better than this!
If you would like to own a car where even the most basic features are optional extras, then this is the one for you. It may have performed well on the road, but who cares when most of the controls are made from (what appears to be) very brittle, cheap plastic likely to snap off, or come away in your hand if too much pressure is used. And wait till you see the rev counter - again, an optional extra - it's perched on the top of the dashboard, like a spare budgie about to fly off. No boot to speak of (room for a handbag), unless you put the back seats down. The boot space itself is very difficult to use (high, deep and narrow); loading anything into this small cubby hole could well result in back strain. A truly unremarkable, totally forgettable car - no choice of colours whatsoever. I'm glad I didn't buy it.
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