Citroen C1 (2014) Review

Citroen C1 (2014) At A Glance

4/5

+Cheap to run with zero tax on all models. Improved interior quality and refinement over previous C1. Available with retractable fabric roof. Decent at motorway speeds.

-Similar Toyota Aygo has sharper looks.

Insurance Groups are between 7–13
On average it achieves 78% of the official MPG figure

Citroen is sticking to the friendly and cheeky look for the second generation model as it aims to differentiate its C1 from the now more aggressive Toyota Aygo and the Peugeot 108. As before, all three are part of a joint venture, but this C1 is a significant improvement on the original model.

It still retains the compact dimensions with a length of less than 3.5 metres but there's more interior space and a larger boot too. The big changes are in refinement with a better ride quality and less noise on the move. Citroen has also revised the gear ratios on the five-speed manual and as a result you don't have to work the C1 as hard to get meaningful performance.

There are two engines starting with the 1.0-litre VTi which has enough power for the C1 and is economical with a claimed 68.8mpg. Alongside this is a 1.2-litre engine with more power but in everyday driving there's little to choose between the two. Both qualify for free tax due to CO2 emissions under 100g/km. 

In town the C1 is highly manoeuvrable thanks to its short wheelbase and light power steering. It's better than before on the motorway with less noise intrusion and the handling has been improved thanks to new suspension springs, new shock absorbers and a new large-diameter anti-roll bar. It's not quite as agile as the Skoda Citigo but it's still very composed and safe.

The interior of the C1 is more plush than before but still functional and hardwearing plus you can jazz it up with optional packs which add a dash of colour to the central console and air vents. Storage includes twin cup holders and a lidded glovebox that can accommodate a one-litre bottle.

All models apart from the entry-level versions, have a seven-inch touchscreen in the dash that helps life the cabin, although features like the old fashioned trip computer display make it feel a little dated. On the plus side, a new open-top version called Airscape is available and comes with a fabric roof which electrically retracts and adds to the fun feel of the little Citroen.

Overall the C1 is a good quality small hatchback that builds on the qualities of the original model but with some much needed improvements in quality and refinement. It's cheap to run and feels solidly built. There are some dated elements inside and it's not as roomy as a Skoda Citigo, but it still has plenty of appeal helped by good equipment levels across the range.

Citroen C1 Airscape VTi 68 and PureTech 82 Road Test 

Real MPG average for a Citroen C1 (2014)

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Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

78%

Real MPG

39–62 mpg

MPGs submitted

82

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What's a good second car for teenagers to learn to drive in?
"Please can you recommend a good second hand car? We are looking for something fairly cheap to buy, low cost to insure for new drivers and mostly just used for around-town driving. My wife will drive it (aged 45) most of the time but it will also get used by our two teenagers who are learning to drive - our daughter aged 17 and our son aged 19."
We'd be looking at a Toyota Aygo (or equivalent Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108). They're cheap to buy and run plus they're robust enough to cope with two learner drivers. Alternatively, the Volkswagen Up, Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii are all excellent city cars which shouldn't cost a fortune to insure.
Answered by Andrew Brady
I bought a car six months ago and the clutch now needs replaced - what are my rights?
"I bought a 2015 Citroen C1 with 26,000 miles on it six months ago, which was serviced before I had it delivered. A month in, I first used the horn, and discovered it didn't work. Along with this, the gears were grinding and the clutch had risen since purchase. I took it back to the dealer, where they detected no faults with the gears/clutch. They routed me to a closer Citroen dealer for horn replacement and a second opinion on the gears/clutch. The second garage found a fault with the gear belt. They took it out, cleaned it and sent me on my way. I returned the car again in January for its third annual service and another look at the clutch and gears because it was grinding more and the clutch had gotten even higher. They found no faults again and the car passed its service. A few days ago the car slipped out of third gear and wouldn't go back into gear. I have returned it again as the clutch is so high it's unbearable to drive. They told me the clutch is at the end of its life. My extended warranty isn't going to apply and I have to pay. What are my rights here? I have expressed my concerns three times before anyone actually listened to me. Not to mention the car wasn't serviced correctly before purchase as it was sold with a faulty horn."
If you bought the car within six months, it's a cut and dried case of the clutch wear "being present or developing on the date of sale" and therefore the dealer is liable. If more than six months have passed, the fact that you brought it to the dealer's attention three times within the first six months proves that the fault was present or developing within the six month period. The supplying dealer is therefore liable to replace the clutch free of charge to you: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/
Answered by Honest John
Are Cat N vehicles safe to buy?
"My 17 year old daughter is looking for her first car. Her budget is about £3500 - £4000, and she really wants a Citroen C1. She’s seen a local garage, which have a 64-plate, Cat N within her price range. Is this safe? He showed pictures of the damage before the repair (it needed a bottom arm, new wheel and the wing and doors resprayed from light scratches)."
For £4000, there are vehicles out there that have not been a total loss. Go to the auctions instead and buy a car without that history. As a rough guide, a previous total loss is worth approximately 30 per cent less at retail than another without the previous history. If you have knowledge of vehicle repair, it should not be an issue. If not, avoid total loss cars like the plague. These cars are potentially dangerous.
Answered by Tim Kelly
How much is the difference in price for an insurance group 6 and group 11 vehicle?
"How much is the difference in price for an insurance group 6 and group 11 vehicle? The cars I'm looking at are the 2015 Citroen C1 1.2 PureTech Flair and the Vauxhall Corsa 2015 1.4 ecoFLEX Sting?"
It's hard to say, as the NCAP ratings also come into it. The difference on the vehicle you have quoted will come down to cost to repair after an accident and likelyhood of being involved in an accident. It shows the opaqueness of insurance underwriting because the Corsa has more power, a larger engine, both are NCAP 4 - but because the Corsa is a lower insurance group, I would expect both cars to be very similar in quotes to be obtained. The price difference in a group 6 to 11 is negligible. It is all the other factors added to the car grouping that affects the premium on the grouping.
Answered by Tim Kelly

What does a Citroen C1 (2014) cost?

Buy new from £9,995 (list price from £13,175)