Citroën C1 review

Category: City car

Section: Costs & verdict

Citroën C1 2021 interior infotainment
  • Citroën C1 2021 front cornering
  • Citroën C1 2021 rear cornering
  • Citroën C1 2021 interior dashboard
  • Citroën C1 2021 interior rear seats
  • Citroën C1 2021 interior infotainment
  • Citroën C1 2021 front tracking
  • Citroën C1 2021 left tracking
  • Citroën C1 2021 rear right tracking
  • Citroën C1 2021 headlight detail
  • Citroën C1 2021 rear lights detail
  • Citroën C1 2021 exhaust detail
  • Citroën C1 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Citroën C1 2021 badge detail
  • Citroën C1 2021 interior front seats
  • Citroën C1 2021 interior steering wheel
  • Citroën C1 2021 interior driver display
  • Citroën C1 2021 boot open
  • Citroën C1 2021 front cornering
  • Citroën C1 2021 rear cornering
  • Citroën C1 2021 interior dashboard
  • Citroën C1 2021 interior rear seats
  • Citroën C1 2021 interior infotainment
  • Citroën C1 2021 front tracking
  • Citroën C1 2021 left tracking
  • Citroën C1 2021 rear right tracking
  • Citroën C1 2021 headlight detail
  • Citroën C1 2021 rear lights detail
  • Citroën C1 2021 exhaust detail
  • Citroën C1 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Citroën C1 2021 badge detail
  • Citroën C1 2021 interior front seats
  • Citroën C1 2021 interior steering wheel
  • Citroën C1 2021 interior driver display
  • Citroën C1 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The C1 looks competitively priced when lined up against the VW Up and Hyundai i10, and also undercuts the Toyota Aygo with which it has so much in common. Fabric-roof Airscape models command a premium, though, and can’t be bought in entry-level Touch trim.

Running a C1 should prove cost effective. The 1.0-litre petrol engine performed well in our True MPG tests, achieving an impressive 54mpg, and no version emits more than 99g/km of CO2 – good news for those who pay company car tax, especially when the low purchase price is taken into account.

There are relatively few options for the C1, but the Automatic Plus Pack and Active City Brake are well worth considering. The former brings climate control, automatic high beam headlights and keyless entry and start, while the latter brings automatic emergency braking, active lane departure warning and speed limit recognition.

Citroën C1 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

Citroën came 16th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, below Toyota, Hyundai and Kia.

Overview

Decent, but lags behind the class leaders in too many key areas to be a class leader

  • Competitively priced
  • Cheap to run privately or as a company car
  • Some personalisation options
  • Cramped rear passenger space
  • Poor interior quality
  • The ride is unsettled
New car deals
Target Price from £12,955
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Nearly new deals
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