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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42–82 mpg

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Citroen C1 - cam belt or timing chain?
"Does the Citreon C1 (2009 model) have timing chains or belts?"
The Citroen C1 (built from 2005 - 2014) 1.4 diesel uses a timing belt that should be replaced every five years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first). 1.0-litre petrol uses a timing chain. It should last the life of the car, as long as the oil is changed regularly (again, every 12 months or 12,000 miles).
Answered by Dan Powell
My windscreen wiper is juddering - how do I fix it?
"I have a 2016 Citroen C1 and I have noticed that when I use the wiper it judders across the windscreen. It is clearing the rain fine and not making any loud noises. It is not a violent judder, but still something that I have noticed. The car has recently been through a health check so all the wipers have been checked. Do you think perhaps it will be a simple case of wiping the blades and windscreen and going from there? "
It could be dirt on the wiper blade and/or windscreen. Or it may be the wiper blade is worn out and needs replacing. If these steps do not fix the problem then I guess that the wiper blade tension is too tight and requires adjusting. The car's owner's manual should show you how to do this. Or you can ask a friendly local garage or auto shop to do this if you also decide to change the wiper blades.
Answered by Dan Powell
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.
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