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Citroën C1

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Summary


The Citroën C1 is a small city-car class hatchback, available in either three-door or five-door form. It is also available as a cabriolet version called Airscape, which features a full-length fabric sunroof in a similar vein to the Fiat 500. The current model is the second generation, which was launched in 2014.

The C1 is essentially identical to the Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo, with the three models developed together and built at the same factory in the Czech Republic. It has been speculated that, when the current model ends production (expected to be in 2021), it will not be replaced. With Citroën’s parent company Stellantis now also owning Fiat, it is likely that any future Citroën city car will be based on the new, all-electric Fiat 500.

The Citroën C1 has received generally positive reviews from the UK motoring media over the last seven years, although its overall Expert Rating of 53% (as of August 2021) now falls a long way short of the class-leading Hyundai i10. It has been praised for its low running costs and overall driving dynamics, but criticised for a lack of refinement compared to newer rivals.

Key specifications


Body style: Small three-door and five-door hatch
Engines: petrol
Price: From £12,945 on-road

Launched: Summer 2014
Last updated: Spring 2019
Replacement due: N/A


Media reviews


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Safety rating


No safety rating

The Citroën C1 was assessed by Euro NCAP back in 2014 and achieved a four-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2021 and is no longer valid.

Euro NCAP’s crash testing standards are raised almost every year, and ratings will expire when a vehicle no longer meets the latest standards for that rating. Sometimes a vehicle will be re-tested against the newer standards and awarded a new (usually lower) rating, but this has not happened in the case of the Citroën C1.

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Citroën C1 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP, and only a few cars have do far been assessed. The C1 is now an old car, so it is likely that it will never be tested by Green NCAP. If it does ever happen, we’ll update this page with the results.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Citroën Berlingo has received

2021

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best MPV
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Utility Vehicle

2020

  • Autocar Britain’s Best Car Awards – Best Large Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best MPV
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Medium Family Car

2019

  • Auto Express Awards – Best MPV

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Citroën C1, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Fiat 500 | Fiat Panda | Hyundai i10Kia Picanto | Peugeot 108 | SEAT Mii | Skoda Citigo | Smart Forfour | Suzuki Ignis | Toyota Aygo | Volkswagen Up!

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