The Citroen C1 was among the frontrunners of vehicles that offered a small size and a cheap yet fuel-efficient performance. The C1 has been doing this since 2005, with only the Peugeot 107 and Toyota Argo catching up to Citroen’s original features. The vehicles continues to be an affordable options in the market, especially for parents that need a second car or younger drivers that need somethings convenient and within the budget. Unfortunately its refinement isn’t as smooth as it should be and space tends to be limited at the boot and the rear seats.
The next generation Citroen C1 has been facelifted once again, but its dominant changes being in its updated appearance. Noticeable changes include a shorter bonnet, a brand new front end, as well as a redesigned front bumper that is sporting LED daytime running lights and house fog lights. The cabin bears little changes and the C1 itself still maintains its famous chunky, simple look.
The C1 comes as either a five- or three-door car and comes in three trim levels. The top variation within this range is the VTR+ that includes alloy wheels and airconditioning as a standard.
All models have a 998cc engine at 68bhp and at 70lb ft in torque at 3600rpm. Paired with a five-speed manual gearbox, the C1 can quickly arrive to 62mph in just 13.7 seconds. The top speed for all C1 types is at 98mph. Emissions have been lessened at 99g/km in the manual, making the C1 one of the first petrol-powered vehicles that makes it below the 100g/km mark. In terms of noise, the engine is nippy enough when going through an urban crawl.
The slick gearbox, easy clutch, and light steering make the C1 an easy drive through urban roads. Parking, manoeuvring, and your turning circle won’t be a problem either given these features.
The cabin still retains familiar elements that worked for the previous generation. The space may be small, but drivers will appreciate the all-around visibility and the glass area that gives you the illusion of spaciousness. The overall appearance still manages to be fresh, and even distinguishes itself with a cylindrical heater control panel. Space is generous for the front-seat passenger and driver, but legroom slightly compromised for every other body part. Taller passengers may a have a problem fitting in the front area.
Unfortunately space is limited in the rear seat area and the boot volume limited at 139 litres. Expect such a size given how small the C1 was designed to be a compact vehicle. But you can make extra room by dropping the 50/50 split-fold rear seats. Plus the cabin includes extra cubbies for extra storage space.
The driving position is generally decent, but the lack of height adjustment on the seat limits driving visibility and comfort. The engine requires extra effort as well, with high revs being demanded throughout most of the ride. Gear shifts aren’t smooth and end up losing the momentum you initially established. And although the C1 is great along city roadways, it doesn’t perform as well on rougher and more difficult road conditions.
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