Citroen C1 Road Test (2014)

Citroen C1 (Interior View) (2014)

Citroen C1 Review

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Interior space is relatively tight, though not bad by most small car standards...

Comfort and Refinement

The C1 share the same dashboard structure, switchgear and seat design as its cousins from the same factory, but there are design and décor details that are unique to the Citroen, including some quite funky upholstery materials that give the car a bit of individual flair. The test car’s stripey seat fabric, called ‘light Zebra’, both cheered up what might otherwise be quite a drab interior and gave it a youthful funkiness.

Interior space is relatively tight, though not bad by most small car standards. Most of the plastic surfaces are firm to the touch but quite reasonable quality given the car’s price. In town driving refinement is pretty fair, with subdued noise and no obvious squeaks and rattles. Stretch the engine on the open road, though, and it becomes rather more vocal.

The three-cylinder engine has a distinctive note which many find very pleasing, but it can be a bit Marmite, and you need to experience it on a test drive to know whether you will find it agreeable or annoying.

Safety and Security

All C1s come equipped with six airbags, for the driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain level. Also standard kit across the range are stability control, electronic hill start assist, brakeforce distribution and emergency braking assistance. The front seatbelts have pre-tensioners with force limiters. There are rear ISOFIX mounting mountings for installing child safety seats.

The C1 has yet to be tested under the Euro NCAP crash test safety programme, so it cannot be confirmed how well is will withstand a  collision, but stronger steel in the body structure and significantly improved the car’s crash resistance compared with its predecessor.


An RDS radio and MP3 audio system is standard, and it comes with two speakers and a USB socket. Also included on all versions are LED daytime running lights, remote central locking with deadlocks, electric front windows, folding door mirrors and a trip computer.

Moving up to Feel trim adds a four-speaker audio system with steering wheels controls and a seven-inch touch-screen interface, plus bigger wheels, air conditioning, a split-fold rear seat and rear head restraints.

There are customising packs that let you personalise the car by changing the colour scheme, such as the Sunrise Red or the White interior colour packs. Options include a rev counter for £40 and a £150 reversing camera.

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What We Liked
  • Smart looking, neat unfussy styling
  • Good choice of personalisation options
  • Likeable to drive, pleasant manners
  • Easy to manoeuvre around town
  • Distinctive three-cylinder engine note with a revvy sound
  • Robust enough for easy motorway cruising
  • There is a two-pedal auto version, which not all small cars have
  • Openable roof on some versions
  • Good satnav on versions that have it
  • Quick and easy Bluetooth connection
  • Eight colours, three roof shades, four interior fabric choices
What We Disliked
  • Distinctive three-cylinder engine note not to all tastes
  • Semi-auto ETG gearbox not as smooth as other autos
  • Boot space is a bit limited
  • Lots of tempting options so the price can ramp up
What We Would Like To See
  • A diesel engine option. The C1’s fuel economy is pretty good, although not exceptional by the standards of some of today’s small frugal engines. The Peugeot-Citroen PSA Group is renowned for its good diesel engines, and it would be great to see one in this car.

Three smart small hatchbacks are new on the motoring scene for summer 2014 - from Citroen, Peugeot and Toyota. They are all fundamentally the same car, with cosmetic differences and some marque variations in engine and trim options. Which one appeals most will depend largely on aesthetics. The C1 is certainly worth a look if you want a car this size.

24 July 2014 Sue Baker
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Citroen C1 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedCitroen Citroen C1 Airscape Feel 1.2 PureTech 82 Manual
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourScarlet Red
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph10.9 Seconds
Top Speed 106 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypePetrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Extra Urban76.3
Insurance Group7
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 24/07/14)£11,730

The information contained within this Citroen C1 review may have changed since publication on the 24 July 2014. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Citroen dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018