Citroen C1 (2005 – 2014) Review

Citroen C1 (2005 – 2014) At A Glance


+Cheap to run. Group 1 insurance. 60mpg. handles well. Low list prices. Good Euro NCAP score. 2012 model emits just 99g/km CO2.

-Reports of water leaks. Clutch and waterpump failures common on 2005 - 2009 C1, 107 and Aygo. Bigger, stronger clutch fitted in production from 2009.

Insurance Groups are between 3–7
On average it achieves 87% of the official MPG figure

 Road Test similar Toyota Aygo here: Toyota Aygo 2006 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Citroen C1 (2005 – 2014)


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Average performance


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42–82 mpg

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We want a small car for less than £2000. What advice would you give to a clueless buyer?
"We need a second car for local trips (the school run, popping to the shops etc - no long motorway journeys). I don't want to spend more than £2000 and I've narrowed it down to three (I think), all with full service history and falling around 2008-2010. They are Toyota Aygos 1.0-litre (mileage 45-79k); Hyundai i10 1.1 or 1.2 (mileage 44-55k); and Ford Ka (2009-10) 1.2 (50k or 84k). My head says Hyundai. What advice would you give to a clueless cash car buyer?"
At this price point, it's best not to focus too much on searching out a particular model. Keep an open mind and seek out a good car for sale locally. You might find a hidden gem – a car that's been well cared for, being sold by an honest private seller and for a good price. Evidence of regular maintenance is desirable (although don't necessarily expect a fully-stamped service book), as is a long MoT test. We'd generally advise avoiding trade sellers at this price range – there are quite a few unscrupulous sellers shifting cheap cars that have been plucked from auction and are fit for scrap. That said, you might find a reputable dealer selling a good car that's been taken in part-exchange. The Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto and Toyota Aygo (as well as the very similar Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1) are all good choices that'll be cheap to run, although their popularity with young drivers pushes prices up. You could also look at the slightly bigger Ford Fiesta – the 1.25-litre engine is very reliable and there are loads about (so you can be picky about condition).
Answered by Andrew Brady
Why can't I find an affordable used car with a full service history?
"My beloved Citroen C1 has recently been written off as a Cat D so I need to find a replacement. I'm looking to spend no more than £3500 and want to buy from a dealer. I'm surprised at the number of cars I see advertised that have big gaps in the service history. Such as an eight year old C1 that was serviced for only the first three years. Is this the kind of car I should avoid? "
Why be surprised? People can't afford to service cars these days and suffer when they come to p/x, which is when dealers pick the cars up very cheaply then try to sell them at market value for a properly serviced car. Definitely avoid anything that does not have a proper service history, and a sheaf of photocopied invoices is always more valuable than stamps in a service book.
Answered by Honest John
Can you suggest a reliable and economical little car?
"I am looking for a reliable and economical little car. So far the Citroen C1 looks good, it's small, has a good mpg and seems to be good value for money. The only thing is that I have to do a fair bit of driving - I'm at university and as a result I do a trip from gloucestershire to norfolk about 3 times a year (if not more) as well as the day to day trips. Approx 10,000-15,000 miles a year. Do you think that the Citroen C1 (2010 onwards) would be able to manage this level of driving, or is it only built for being a city car? If it is only meant to be a city car, what would you recommend as a reliable and economical little car that would be able to cope with a mileage of about 10,000-15,000 miles a year? Thank you very much for your help."
FIAT 500 1.2s are good on the motorway because they are fairly high geared at around 23mph per 1,000rpm and they have excellent, big front seats (which is why there's not much room in the back). Just don't expect sparkling performance.
Answered by Honest John
Need a cheap used car with low insurance
"What is the best car to buy for a 21 year old with a budget of £2500?"
For cheap insurance, probably a Citroen C1/Peugeot 107/Toyota Aygo. Or a FIAT Panda 1.1 litre Active.
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