Citroen C1 Review
Well known for funky design across their whole range, specifically DS, Citroen is often an attractive proposition for those on a budget but want something a little different.
The latest Citroen C1 super-mini is no exception. Its deep front grill with pinched lights over a larger oval light give it an assertive but not too intimidating stance whilst its black A-Pillars make it seem as if the roof is floating over the top of the car as some kind of cantilever, giving the illusion the car is bigger than it is.
Available as a 3 and 5 door, the C1 is surprisingly spacious with enough room in the back for 2 reasonably sized adults (so long as the driver and front passenger are not too tall. No, you would not want to travel up to Scotland in the back of a C1, but having said that, you would not want to travel up to Scotland in the front of one either.
The excellent little C1 is a super-mini and is very good at being so, to expect more of it would be grossly unfair. For nipping around town and as a station car there is very little out there to beat it. Specification wise, there are 3 key trim levels, with the entry level Touch keeping it rather simple (or perhaps even spartan) with little by way of driver aids or convenience. The Feel however brings in your creature comforts such as Air Conditioning, DAB Radio, an intuitive 7³ touchscreen and Bluetooth Hands Free. The range topping Flair (on test) adds alloy wheels, a reversing camera, tinted rear windows, and some nice trim touches. The colour choices available are pretty extensive allowing your personality to shine through in your choice of colour combinations. Whether you are looking for a smart all white affair or a rather more funky turquoise with black roof you should be able to find a mix you like.
The engine choice is as limited as the spec on the entry level Touch with a Manual or Automatic, rather asthmatic VTi 68hp engine, or the far superior manual transmission 82hp PureTech engine. Whilst neither will win any traffic light drag races, the automatic 68hp is particularly pedestrian eventually hauling you to 62mph in only a shade under 16 seconds (no that was not a typo). The manual transmission variant is a little better at 13s whilst the peppy 82hp manual will do it in just under 11s. None of these figures will excite any petrol heads, but it is worth noting from customers who have driven both, there is an overwhelming preference for the more powerful engine as it enables fairly safe driving around town allowing you to take a gap when you need it, rather than having to let smaller gaps go for fear of being t-boned when
pulling out of a junction.The direct feel, thanks to its wheel in each corner design means you know exactly where you are and it is obviously small enough for the tightest of spaces when undertaking the weekly shop or popping into town for that meeting.
As a company run-about, possibly bearing livery, the C1 is a strong choice. It is cheap to lease, cheap to run and cheap to insure and yet with the rear seats folded down you have enough space for a reasonable amount of kit. Cost of leasing is a big pull for the C1 with regular deals seeing rentals well under £200/month on your standard 3+35 / 10,000 miles per annum contract hire. Headline rates are known to drop south of £100, although a reasonable initial payment is usually required.
In summary, the Citroen C1 represents excellent value for money and is honest in what it is, a (not entirely) no-frills, cheap super-mini that can meet just about any reasonable requirement of it.
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