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The Citroen C1 has always made a good impression thanks to its quirky styling and superb level of available personalisation. The various colours available continue into the cabin itself, which provides a sense of enjoyment and character when you get in. On top of that, the C1 boasts more equipment and technology over the previous generation – bonus.


The facelifted C1 carries over the simplicity of its predecessors with two petrol engines, a 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre respectively. The 1.0-litre engine isn’t the pokiest engine in the world, but it’s perfect for strict use in the urban environment. The 1.2-litre engine fairs better when you leave the city because it has a good deal more power to use.

Although neither engine is going to break any land speed records, the low kerb weight of the C1 means it is a surprisingly sprightly. An added bonus of this is the C1 is very good for exploiting gaps in the traffic.


Tying in with the previous point made about the weight benefitting the performance of the C1, it also massively benefits the way the C1 handles Britain’s roads. The C1 has direct and accurate steering, and there is certainly some fun to be had in the twisty stuff thanks to the compact dimensions.

The suspension itself is quite soft, which makes a big difference on bumpier streets in the city. The C1 has good composure and does a good job of ironing out imperfections in the road. All-in-all, a fun little car to drive and pretty comfortable.


Citroen have been very generous with the toys they have fitted to the facelifted C1. Front electric windows, LED daytime running lights and remote central locking all come as standard. The option to have a touchscreen that mirrors your smartphone is - available on the higher spec models (Feel and Flair) - is a welcome one, while the available keyless entry/start makes life more convenient on a daily basis.


Rear seats, it has some of those. Erm, it also a has a boot in which you can fit items and other stuff. The C1 also has two cupholders, which is important. Chances are, if you enjoy a visit to your local Swedish furniture manufacturer, then the C1 probably isn’t the best choice of vehicle.

Evans Halshaw Citroen