2018 Citroën C1 Urban Ride review – gallery, price, specs and release date

A refresh of the Citroën C1 city car range has brought a new SUV-inspired ‘Urban Ride’ trim. Click through our picture gallery to explore what kit it gets and what it’s like to drive...

2018 Citroën C1 Urban Ride review – gallery, price, specs and release date

Citroën C1 Urban Ride front

The Citroën C1 Urban Ride is 'SUV-inspired' according to the French brand, but we can't help thinking that's a touch hyperbolic; it still looks like a city-friendly hatchback. However, matte black wheelarch extensions, black 15-inch wheels, black door mirrors and tinted side and rear windows do give the Urban Ride a slightly more robust character.

Citroën C1 Urban Ride geometric graphic

It's available in four new metallic colours, all of which come with a special rear quarter graphic with grey geometric patterns. Disappointingly, however, the graphic looks a bit cheap up close.

Citroën C1 Urban Ride wheel

The aforementioned 15-inch black alloy wheels are complimented by contrasting red wheel centres. But it isn’t just the exterior that gets the odd flash of colour; there are plenty of highlights inside, too.

Citroën C1 Urban Ride dashboard

Bright orange trim and blue cloth seats create a bold look, but one that we suspect won’t be to everyone’s tastes. Nokia 3510i anyone?

Citroën C1 Urban Ride interior badge

Based on the C1's range-topping Flair trim, the Urban Ride comes with plenty of standard equipment, including heated door mirrors, a reversing camera, a DAB radio, steering wheel mounted controls, Bluetooth and a USB socket.

Citroën C1 Urban Ride touchscreen

Urban Ride C1's also gets a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system as standard. 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. Brilliant.

Citroën C1 Urban Ride front seats

The door pockets are generously proportioned, plus there’s more storage space ahead of the gearlever and the good-sized glovebox has space for more than just the car’s handbook.

Citroën C1 Urban Ride rear seats

In the front, tall adults will find they have plenty of head, leg and shoulder room. However, they won't want to spend long in the back, where the C1's narrow body and low roofline giving you the impression that you’re in a very small compartment.

Citroën C1 Urban Ride air vent

There are relatively few options, but the Automatic Plus Pack (£570) and Active City Brake (£480) are 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 Urban Ride side

Mechanically, the Urban Ride is identical to the standard C1 and therefore gets Citroën’s updated three-cylinder petrol engine. Producing just 71bhp, it feels sluggish even at low speeds, while the car's sloppy and inaccurate five-speed manual gearbox doesn’t help matters.

Citroën C1 Urban Ride rear

Designed as a town runaround, the Urban Ride feels pretty comfortable over rutted and broken surfaces, even if the Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Up are better still at isolating you from imperfections in the road.

Citroën C1 Urban Ride front drive past

The C1's steering, meanwhile, is nicely weighted – it’s light enough to make parking easy but gains some heft at faster speeds. As a result, it’s easy to place the Urban Ride where you want it on the road.

Citroën C1 Urban Ride headlight

Surprisingly, there’s no premium to jump up from Flair trim to Urban Ride. However, unless you crave the beefier aesthetic of the Urban Ride or the alloy wheels and chrome highlights of the Flair, we’d recommend sticking with the entry-level Feel model. It’s still very well equipped and costs £790 less than the two range-topping C1s.

Citroën C1 Urban Ride rear drive past

That said, if you have your heat set on a ‘ruggedised’ city-car, we’d point you in the direction of the brilliant Kia Picanto 1.25 X-Line. It’s slightly more expensive than the Citroen at £12,820, but it’s faster, more spacious, better equipped and comes with Kia’s industry-leading seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty.

Citroën C1 Urban Ride exterior badge

Citroën C1 Urban Ride VTi 72

Price £12,225 Engine 3cyl, 998cc, petrol Power 72bhp at 5750rpm Torque 68lb ft at 2750rpm Gearbox 5-spd manual 0-60mph 12.6sec Top speed 99mph Official economy 68.9mpg CO2, tax band 93g/km, 19%

Rated 3 out of 5

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