Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Tall adults will find the C1 very roomy. There’s easily enough head, leg and shoulder room; in fact, as much as there is in the class benchmark, the Volkswagen Up.
Door pockets are generously proportioned and there’s more storage space ahead of the gearlever – a large cubby complete with two cupholders. The glovebox is a good size with room for more than the car’s handbook.
Very few city cars have spacious rear seats, and the C1 is no exception. Access to the rear seats isn't the easiest, especially in three-door models. However, on these versions, the front seats do at least tip forward before falling conveniently back to their original positions. Once in the back, adults will find their knees against the front seats, and their heads brushing the ceiling.
There’s little shoulder room and the armrests aren’t long enough. The rear passengers get a door pocket each, which are like those in the front, only smaller. The front seatbacks miss out on pockets altogether.
Generally, the Up, Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto are better at carrying four people.
Seat folding and flexibility
Every C1 has rear seats that fold to increase boot space when you need it. They fold in one piece on entry-level models and split 50/50 on the rest of the range. Both versions are are fairly light and easy to fold.
You can’t opt for a folding front seat, so carrying very long items is not possible. On three-door models, the front seats return to their original position after being slid forward – handy when you’ve let rear passengers in or out of the car.
At 196 litres, the boot in the C1 is big enough for the weekly shop or the odd weekend away, but the class leaders are better. The Up’s boot offers 251 litres, the i10’s 252 litres and the Picanto’s a whopping 255 litres.
The space there is would be more useful if the drop from the load lip to the narrow boot floor wasn’t so big. Also, when the rear seats are folded, they leave an awkward step that makes sliding large objects into the boot a little difficult.