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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Citroen C1

Overall verdict
Similar to the old one underneath, but with a happier character and even lower running costs.


Quirky front end styling, sunroof option, affordable to buy and run


1.2-litre doesn't offer much over 1.0


What is it?

Doing something different is how Citroen has made its name of late – just look at the DS3 or the new C4 Cactus. Trend setters, both of them. But despite the unusual front light ‘eyebrows’ (anyone else find themselves thinking Hello Kitty?), we’re not sure the same can be said of the C1 as, underneath, this is a regular city car, based on the same underpinnings as the Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 108. 

As a result Citroen hasn’t been able to be that creative, but has given it a good go, and embed up with a cutesy look and light, airy feel. It can be had with a pair of triple cylinder engines of either 1.0 or 1.2 displacement and three trim levels, choice of three or five doors and a large £930 fabric sunroof that Citroen calls Airscape. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.2 PureTech Feel 3dr
11.0s 99g/km 65.7 82 £11,030
The cheapest
1.0 VTi Touch 3dr
13.0s 95g/km 68.9 68 £8,945
The greenest
1.0 VTi Feel 3dr
13.0s 95g/km 68.9 68 £10,680
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