Used Citroën C1 2005 - 2014 review

Category: Small car

Section: What is it like?

2005 - 2014 review
Citroën C1 (05 - 14)
  • Citroën C1 (05 - 14)
  • Citroën C1 (05 - 14)
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What's the used Citroën C1 hatchback like?

Cars that are this cheap aren't always very talented, but the Citroen C1 manages to combine rock-bottom prices with a broad spread of abilities.

The C1 certainly has the looks to attract young drivers at whom it is aimed. The styling is fresh and contemporary, inside and out, which means that, unlike many city cars, young drivers will be proud to be seen in this Citroen.

They will also enjoy driving it. The handling is fine, as long as corners are taken with the respect that they are due, and although the ride is firm, it is unlikely to bother people.

The C1 is definitely best in the urban jungle, because its keen powerplants and compact proportions are ideal for city life. The engines struggle more with motorway driving, and refinement isn't terrific.

It's not such good news on practicality. Rear-seat passengers will struggle for room and the boot is tiny.