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The last C1 was only available with the Toyota-sourced 1.0-litre engine. Now PSA has doubled the choice by offering it’s own 1.2. We wouldn’t bother. The 1.2 does a reasonable job, but the engine is pretty ordinary and the five speed manual gearbox it’s mated to is rather rubbery and unsatisfying to use. The 1.0-litre is that little bit peppier and as a result is more suited to a small, light urban car.
Not that the C1 can’t cope with life further afield. In fact due to the much improved noise insulation and altered rear suspension, the C1 is now a more placid car to pootle around in. It’s even OK if you choose to pitch it hard into a corner. It doesn’t have quite the eagerness and determination of a Fiat Panda, but it’s not bad. One last thing. You can option that cool-looking Airscape canvas sunroof, but bear in mind it does cause wind pulse above 30mp
ON THE INSIDE
Be careful how your spec your small Citroen. Such are the graphic choices – inside as well as out – that you could end up with a complete dog’s dinner of a thing.Resist the temptation – and remember, even if options prices appear cheap, they’re still a rather high proportion of the low list price. You’ll ever get it back…
It’s best to go steady, choose wisely, realise it’s still a small, cheap little car, oh, and prepare to compromise on luggage and passengers. It’s no tardis inside, although the overall ambience is quite cheery. Simple car, simple appeal – best keep it simple, then
Since it only weighs 850kg or thereabouts and the engines can be had with stop/start, the C1 is a very cost-effective little car – probably more so than the Fiat Panda in fact. It officially averages nearly 75mpg and sub-90g/km CO2 makes the lack of a diesel option a non-issue. Just not quite a cheekily cool as the Italian car, though; in this sector, for many buyers, that matters