Citroen C1 (2014) Review
Citroen C1 (2014) At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 7–13
On average it achieves 78% of the official MPG figure
The Citroen C1 launched in 2014 was the second generation of the French brand’s city car, designed and built as a joint venture resulting in the near-identical Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo, built to take on cars like the Hyundai i10 and SEAT Mii.
With a relentless focus on cost, the C1 and its relatives have been consistently one of the cheapest new cars that money can buy. Even so, this second-generation version has improved in a number of key areas over the original C1, with greater refinement, improved specification and more capability to deal with traffic conditions outside of the city.
Citroen has stuck to the friendly and cheeky approach for the second-generation model as it aims to differentiate its C1 from the now more aggressive Toyota Aygo and the Peugeot 108. As before, all three are part of a joint venture, but this C1 is a significant improvement on the original model.
It still retains the compact dimensions with a length of under than 3.5 metres but there's more interior space and a larger boot too. The big changes are in refinement, with improved ride quality and less noise on the move. Citroen has also revised the gear ratios on the five-speed manual and as a result you don't have to work the C1 as hard to get meaningful performance.
Originally launched with a choice of two petrol engines, the C1 range has now been cut back to leave only the 1.0-litre VTi. Thankfully this engine provides characterful performance despite its size, has enough power and is economical with more than 50mpg possible.
In town, the C1 is highly manoeuvrable thanks to its short wheelbase and light power steering. It's better than before on the motorway, with less noise intrusion and the handling has been improved thanks to new suspension springs, new shock absorbers and a new large-diameter anti-roll bar. It's not quite as agile as the Skoda Citigo but it's still very composed and safe.
The interior of the C1 shows a significant improvement over the previous model whilst still being functional and hardwearing.
You also have the option to jazz it up with optional packs which add a dash of colour to the central console and air vents. Storage includes twin cup holders and a lidded glovebox that can accommodate a one-litre bottle.
All models bar the entry-level Touch are fitted with a seven-inch touchscreen in the dash that is a genuine plus on a car at this price, although features like the old fashioned trip computer display make it feel a little dated. On the plus side, an open-top version called Airscape is available and comes with a fabric roof which electrically retracts and adds to the fun feel of the little Citroen.
It's cheap to run and feels solidly built. There are some dated elements inside and it's not as roomy as a Skoda Citigo, but it still has plenty of appeal, helped by good equipment levels across the range.