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Citroen C1 1.0 VTR+: Test Drive Review

Date: 31 May 2012

Category: City car
P11D price: £9990
Key rival: Seat Mii

Citroen has facelifted its C1 city car, along with similar changes to its Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo sister cars. The key change for business users is that the 68hp 1.0-litre petrol engine now gets under 100g/km - Citroen's first sub-100g/km petrol model - so for a lower-rate tax payer, monthly benefit-in-kind bills are just £17.

The styling has been subtly tweaked, with LED daytime running lights, a redesigned front bumper and new badging on the rear. There are also slight upgrades to the interior, which is still a little on the cheap-feeling side, especially around the temperature control switches, but this top-spec model is still under £10,000 despite offering standard air conditioning, 14-inch alloys, Bluetooth and tinted rear windows. There's also a surprising amount of rear space, but the boot is small.

Citroen says it has tweaked the shock absorbers for a more comfortable ride, and it certainly feels comfortable around town, while the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine's modest 68hp is more than adequate for the urban settings where the C1 will mostly be employed.

Citroen C1 1.0 VRT 5dr
P11D price£9990
Model price range£7995-£10,545
Fuel consumption65.7mpg
CO2 (tax) 99g/km (10%)
BIK 20/40% per month£17/£33
Service interval10,000 miles
Insurance (1-50)group 3
Boot space min/max139/712 litres
Engine size/power998cc/67hp
Top speed/0-62mph98mph/12.3secs
On sale April 2012
VerdictCheap but cheerful little
car is basic, but you get
what you pay for and
it’s very cheap to run


Cheap but cheerful little car is basic, but you get what you pay for and it’s very cheap to run