You’ll look in vain for seat-height adjustment on the entry-level model. That essential feature is reserved for the Feel version, the next trim level up. You adjust the backrest with an easy-to-use wheel rather than the more common lever type which can be so tricky to get just right. The seat supports your sides and lower back very well.
Reaching for controls on the dashboard is easy – and so it should be, considering how small the C1 is. The climate controls are easy to use, whether as the straightforward rotary variety on the lower-trim models or the electronic climate control type on higher-spec versions.
Citroën C1 visibility
Slim pillars and a low waistline mean the C1 is easy to see out of, front and rear. As a result, parking and driving in congested places is a lot easier. It’s excellent visibility means the rear-view camera that comes as standard in the range-topping Flair version is not really needed. That said, it’s a nice touch since the image is displayed on the car’s colour touchscreen. It’s an option on all other versions, with the exception of the entry-level model.
Parking sensors would have helped the car exploit tight spaces better still, but they aren’t even an option.
Citroën C1 infotainment
All but the entry-level version have a simple 7.0-inch touchscreen called Touch Drive. It controls the infotainment system and, by linking with your smartphone (not all models, however, and not the latest iPhone), projects a mirror image of the screen onto the car’s touchscreen, allowing you to use navigation apps, read your messages or play music.
The display is bright and clear but with the roof down on the Airscape model, the glare from the sun makes it impossible to read. On C1s with solid roofs it’s not such a problem and in any case, the screen buttons are easy to see and responsive. Bluetooth and DAB radio are also both standard with the screen. Only the top-of-the-range Hyundai i10 has Bluetooth, and you can’t get DAB on this model at all.
The entry-level Touch model might lack the infotainment system but it does at least have a two-speaker MP3 stereo with a USB socket.
Citroën C1 build quality
The C1’s low price comes at the cost of interior quality. Door cards, the centre console and the dashboard are covered in hard, scratchy plastics.
Even so, beneath the surface, and in its details, the C1 feels quite solid. The switchgear is not as substantial as a Volkswagen Up’s but it’s not far off.
It’s possible to bring a little life to the interior, and more of a quality feel, with optional interior colour packs that start from as little as £100.