Citroen released their new C1 hatchback towards the tail end of last year. This is the second-generation model of the C1 and Citroen have stuck with the cheeky and cheerful design. It’s a design that has helped set this car apart from so many others. There’s no doubt that the newer C1 is a vast improvement over the previous model. Citroen has obviously decided to take steps to make sure the car gets taken seriously.
The hatchback market is a strong one with tough competition from the likes of the Renault and Hyundai. Perhaps with this in mind Citroen decided to shake things up a bit with this second-generation model. It seems to have worked. The car makes a great first impression in the visual sense. It’s friendly, cheerful and distinctive. You WANT to like it, and that’s a good thing.
Citroen have taken steps to make sure this model looks different to the other models on the market. It’s the kind of car you could see yourself bustling around the city in. The interior and boot space are larger than on the first generation, but still not as spacious as some rivals. The inside looks kind of plush at first glance, and the centre console is friendly. But on closer inspection it’s low quality and cramped.. There are pepperings of colour that add character to match the bodywork. There’s also the option of customised packs to jazz things up a bit and suit your personal tastes.
One of the most attractive things about the new C1 is its cost. It is reasonably priced starting from around £8,000, and the running costs are cheap. And it’s not just available direct from manufacturers. You could get yourself a brand new Citroen at Carcogroup today if you wanted. They stock the new C1 so you can check it out for yourself. You’ll also find that this model is exempt from tax due to its engines producing CO2 emissions of under 100g/km.
The car offers an easy and comfortable ride. It has good acceleration backed by its engine. You’ll have two options for the engine. There’s the 1.0 litre three-cylinder VTi engine with 69 brake horsepower. If you want more power, there’s the 1.2 litre three-cylinder PureTech engine with 82 brake horsepower. The car is light and airy so movement and manoeuvrability are simple and swift. The engines use the same template as the previous model. It’s a tried and tested formula, and Citroen knows this that’s why they’re sticking with it.
This car is a fine choice if you want a nippy, practical, road-worthy little number that can seat four and is comfortable with two. It’s affordable, easy to run and faster than it looks. You can go for the five-door hatchback model for just an extra £400. It’s a decent choice for a modern day hatchback and has good quality equipment. But the interior issues mean it falls behind other market leaders, such as the Skoda Citigo. In spite of this it’s friendly, likeable and practical. You can’t help but fall in love with this little thing.