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Citroën C1 review

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Citroën C1
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8 Nov 2016 14:43 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 14:00

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Citroën C1 hatchback driving position

You’ll look in vain for seat-height adjustment on the entry-level model. That essential feature is reserved for the next-rung-up Feel version. You adjust the backrest with an easy-to-use wheel rather than the more common lever type that can be 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 hatchback 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 straightforward. The excellent visibility means the rear-view camera that’s standard on range-topping Flair and Urban Ride versions isn’t 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 are an option on all models and would help the car exploit tight spaces better still.

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Citroën C1 hatchback infotainment

All but entry-level Touch trim gets a simple 7.0in touchscreen. It’s not the most intuitive of systems and can be a little slow to respond, but crucially it comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, so you can use your smartphone’s interface instead. DAB digital radio also comes as standard from Feel trim upwards.

The infotainment system’s display is bright and clear, but with the roof down on the Airscape model the glare from the sun makes it impossible to read. This isn’t a problem on C1s with solid roofs, though.

The entry-level Touch model may lack the infotainment system but it does at least have a two-speaker MP3 stereo with a USB socket.

Citroën C1 hatchback 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.

 

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Feel
Citroën says the most popular specification is mid-range Feel – and it’s our favourite, too. It comes with a plastic steering wheel and gearknob, and no rev counter (it’s a cost option), but it doe...View trim
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Flair
Splash out a little more for 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...View trim
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Urban Ride
Range-topping Urban Ride gets all of the kit that comes on Flair, plus matt black wheel arch extensions, black 15in wheels, black door mirrors, tinted rear windows, a special rear-quarter graphic a...View trim
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Feel
Citroën says the most popular specification is mid-range Feel – and it’s our favourite, too. It comes with a plastic steering wheel and gearknob, and no rev counter (it’s a cost option), but it doe...View trim
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ELLE
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Urban Ride
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Flair
Splash out a little more for 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...View trim
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Touch
Entry-level Touch is cheap, but it doesn'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 if pos...View trim
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