When lined up against its equivalent rivals, such as the Volkswagen Up and Hyundai i10, the C1 looks competitively priced. Even up against the Toyota Aygo, which it shares so much with, the C1 is priced more keenly. Airscape models command a premium, though, and can’t be bought in entry-level Touch trim.
Running a C1 should be a painless experience. No model in the range emits more than 99g/km of CO2, meaning free road tax across the range. The 1.0-litre petrol engine performed particularly well in our True MPG tests, achieving an impressive 54mpg.
Company car drivers will also benefit from these low prices and low CO2 emissions, because the C1 is seriously cheap to run through work. Even an equivalent Skoda Citigo Greentech is very slightly more expensive every month.
Most C1s are bought on PCP finance, though, and Citroën offers some attractive deals that feature very low monthly payments.
Citroën C1 equipment
The most popular trim level is the mid-range Feel. It’s our favourite, too. It may have a plastic steering wheel and gearknob, and lack something as fundamental as a rev counter (it’s a £40 option) but it does have that neat touchscreen, manual air-con, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and 15in steel wheels.
Splash out a little more on the Flair and you get quite a few extras including alloy wheels, a colour reversing camera, a speed-limiter, foglights, chrome details, and electric and heated door mirrors.
Our pick of the options list is one of the interior colour packs. For little more than £100 they transform the cabin.
Citroën C1 reliability
The C1 is too new to have featured in our latest reliability survey and the latest JD Power customer satisfaction survey. However, as a brand, Citroën performed only averagely in both.
New C1s benefit from a Citroën-backed, two-year, unlimited mileage manufacturer's warranty and an additional, free, one-year warranty provided by dealers. On top of this, all new Citroëns come with breakdown cover. Extended warranties are available for those people who intend to keep their C1 longer than three years. Three-year, fixed-price servicing plans start from around £400.
With the exception of the Hyundai i10, whose warranty is a generous five years, the C1’s cover is on a par with rivals.
Citroën C1 safety & security
The C1 has been crash tested by Euro NCAP and scored four out of a possible five stars. This puts it behind rivals such as the VW Up and Skoda Citigo but on a par with Toyota’s Aygo and Peugeot’s 108. However, it should be noted that the Up and Citigo were both tested some years ago, since when the organisation has introduced tougher testing criteria.
This is underlined by the fact that the Citroën is well equipped from a safety point of view with six airbags, hill-start control, tyre pressure monitoring and ESP as standard. Every C1 also has isofix child seat anchoring points, too.
All C1s have remote central locking, a steering column lock and an immobiliser. Even so, security firm Thatcham Research rated the C1 poorly in its resistance to being broken into, scoring it two out of five stars. Its resistance to being driven away earned four.
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Entry-level Touch models are cheap, but then they don’t get much. Front electric windows, LED daytime running lights, a trip computer and a USB socket do feature, but we’d recommend spending more on Feel trim if possible.
Our pick Feel
Citroën says the most popular specification is the mid-range Feel model – and it’s ours, too. It comes with a plastic steering wheel and gearknob, and no rev counter (it’s a £40 option) but does have that neat touchscreen, manual air-con and 15in steel wheels.
Splash out a little more for the Fair and you get quite a few extras including alloy wheels, a colour reversing camera, a speed-limiter, foglights, chrome details, and electric and heated door mirrors.