The C1 comes from a family that’s become one of the most popular cars on the road. Along with Toyota’s Aygo and Peugeot’s 107, this is a car that offers quality, safe, and efficient driving at a fraction of the cost. Alloy wheels, air conditioning, front fog lights, and Bluetooth are all as standard. Give us a call and find your Citroen C1 contract hire or car leasing option.
Their iconic 2CV goes back to the Forties, while more recent small runabouts like the Saxo and the first generation C3 still have loyal owners. People who are probably going to take very easily to this, today’s modern interpretation of Citroen citycar chic. Small where it matters and big where it counts, this is claimed to be a runabout perfectly adapted to economical life on the urban street.
Citroen’s smallest hatch now offers a couple of petrol-powered three cylinder choices, with an 82bhp VTi unit from the C3 supermini arriving to join an improved version of the older 69bhp 1. 0-litre unit. That 1. 0-litre engine is unashamedly aimed at urban folk and might become a little aurally wearing if you were to use it over an extended motorway trip. If such a journey might be an occasional possibility, the 1. 2-litre engine option would be a better choice.
In the brand’s own words, this car is supposed to deliver an ‘upbeat response to today’s urban mobility requirements’. The ‘upbeat’ bit is delivered here, with the unusual two-part headlamp signature. Together with these integrated LED daytime running lights, this aims to create a smiley front end gaze that hopes to emphasise what the brand sees as this car’s ‘cheerful design’ and ‘strong character’.
Many buyers will doubtless also like the option the Airscape version of this car offers of a full-length retractable fabric folding roof, creating that cabriolet feeling without the cost or buffeting associated with a fully-fledged convertible.
Even if it is being targeted at well-heeled downsizers or those families looking for an easy to use second or third car, the C1 can't afford to be off the pace in terms of economy and emissions. Nor is it. Citroen also proudly boasts that every model in the range comes in at less than 100g/km of carbon dioxide emissions. That even applies to the pokier 1. 2-litre VTi variant with its lustier 82bhp powerplant. This manages 65. 7mpg on the combined cycle and 99g/km.
Overall, it’s true that there are still more sophisticated choices you could make in this segment, but there’s a time and a place for sophistication and I can imagine many buyers in the market’s smallest sector being prepared to look past issues of practicality and refinement, being persuaded instead by the little Citroen’s sheer value and joie de vivre.
Those are the things you want in a citycar – but that’s not all you want. With this second generation C1, Citroen now seems to understand this. The result is a much better car. And a much better proposition.