As if those two weren't enough to worry about, the C1 also has to take on its stablemates, the Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 108. With all three cars sharing the same basic engineering DNA, it’s only their styling and pricing, and the small differences in specifications, that will matter to customers.
Only one engine – a frugal 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol – is available and it comes with the choice of a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed ETG automated manual.
The C1 comes in a choice of three or five doors, and there is also an open-top Airscape version that has a retractable fabric roof. Read on over the next few pages to get our in-depth impressions of the C1 and see how we think it compares with its rivals. And, remember, if you decide you want to buy one, make sure you check out our New Car Buying service to see how a big a discount you could get on the brochure price.