The C1, along with the Peugeot 107 and the Toyota Aygo, was part of the B-Zero project, a joint venture between the PSA Group and Toyota.
The city car offers only one engine – a frugal 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol and it comes with the choice of a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed ETG automated manual. C1 buyers also have a choice of 3 or 5 doors and there’s an open-top Airscape version that has a retractable fabric roof but this choice commands a premium and can’t be bought in entry-level Touch trim.
Other manufacturers may be making much of their small, cheap, fuel-efficient models, but the C1 has been treading this path since 2005. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have some seriously strong rivals in the competitive city car class, such as the Volkswagen Up and Hyundai i10. As if those 2 weren't enough to worry about, the C1 also has to take on its stablemates, the Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 108. All 3 share the same engineering DNA and it’s only styling, pricing and small differences in specifications, that will matter to customers.
As for pricing, the C1 looks competitive when lined up against the Up and i10, it also undercuts the Aygo. If you’re looking for a cheaply priced runaround, the C1 will suit you down to the ground. It's a light car, pretty nippy even with a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine, and because it's so small with light steering, a tight turning circle and extremely good visibility, it's easy to manoeuvre through traffic.
“Citroen C1 is made for nipping around the city with complete ease, thanks to its compact dimensions and exceptional handling. With a personality that is both lively and carefree, the 3- or 5-door city car is also available as an open-top version, ‘Airscape’.”