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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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42 reader reviews for Citroën C1 Hatchback.
  • 1.4 HDi 55 Rhythm 5dr

    Jamie Cunningham Date: 21/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    This is my wife's car. She decided on the highest spec with air con and parking detectors because, quite sensibly, she keeps her cars much longer than I do and will grind this one into the ground. Chiselling away the upfront cost to maximise residual value isn't really a priority if you're planning to keep a car its entire lifespan.

    I selfishly convinced her to go for the diesel because it was a) fun to drive and b) ludicrously cheap to tax and run. While the latter has quickly proven true, the C1 costing just £35 to tax (dropping to £20 next year) and delivering an average of 55mpg, with little more than £40 brimming the tank and taking the car hundreds of miles between return visits, the fun element has remained elusive.

    Problem is, the silly little tyres combined with an uncompromising, un-French-like ride (if you've ever driven a small Japanese car, you'll know who's to blame here - thanks, Toyota) and sheer weight of the diesel engine mean you simply cannot throw the thing around. For her style of driving it's fine and she loves its peppiness, just as on the test drive, but the moment you turn up the wick and attack corners it turns into a filing cabinet riding four wet bars of soap. If you're thinking of buying, and think you might like the diesel, forget any dreams you might have of showing it who's boss down a country lane.

    Engine aside I can echo was everyone else has said: a fantastic, well built, dependable city car.

  • 1.0i Rhythm 3dr

    and Mrs Foster , Cambridgeshire . Date: 13/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    This car underneath is a Toyota Aygo through and through, except without the price tag. Believe me, I lifted the bonnet and the Toyota named is tagged on the engine parts. My wife has this car as a town run about, it's an excellent, fun car to drive. It is nippy, comfortable, very economical. All it asks is that you press the accelerator abit more and you're rewarded with the car sounding like a racing car! Even better, it still averages 60mpg and the road tax I believe is coming down to £20 per year! The Rhythm model is a good one to go for as you get the remote locking, electric windows and side airbags. If you want a cheap and reliable run around, then its the one to go for.

  • 1.0i Vibe 3dr

    stuart pearson Date: 28/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought this for the wife and daughter to use, its an o6 with 11,000 miles on the clock. Both are over the moon with it. I can recommend this to anyone who wants a fun car to drive around in. It's nippy and very economical. I have only one complaint and that is the ride can be a bit harsh at times.

  • 1.0i Vibe 3dr

    Matthew Cox , UK . Date: 23/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I purchased the C1 vibe April 2007, within 15 months the following problems occurred; clutch was slipping, the dealership adjusted the clutch cable. Inside 2 days the clutch was slipping again. After dealership investigation the clutch was replaced due to a default in manufacturing. Returning from a holiday found liquid beneath the vehicle, the AA was called and advised not to drive the vehicle so the car was towed to the dealership. The dive shaft seals had leaked all the oil and the vehicle would have seized if driven. The clutch then began to stick when the clutch pedal was depressed; dealership replaced the cable and plastic clutch bush (sort of washer that links the cable to the clutch). The steering then made a loud rubbing noise when turned to full lock, after various parts being replaced over the next week the entire steering assembly was replaced. The vehicle at present is at the dealership with excessive wear on the clutch plate after only 15 months, but alas my three year warranty does not cover the clutch even with the history of the vehicle, so the bill is £575 to be paid tomorrow. The dealership have always repaired the vehicle but take no responsibility for the trouble and stress caused by over 30 days of the vehicle in the garage, even though they sell the product and vouch for it. Citroen UK customer relations were cold and seemed to have little interest. They offered £300 off a new car (as if I would buy a Citroen again) or a free service.

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