Ten Second Review
Citroen C1 Lease Review - Smart, neat and practical, the C1 is Citroens city-car that still runs on fossil fuel, and with plenty of competition on the market today it has lots to make up for. It starts with a 1.0 litre petrol engine, although the larger 1.2 is definitely the choice as it still comes under the 100g/km mark and puts out an additional 14bhp, giving it some bite to match its bark.
Unfortunately this will only ever be a terrier to its competition, as both engines are noisy and are let in alongside plenty of wind and road noise in the cabin. The drive itself is as expected, the C1 is quick around town and nippy enough to make a clean getaway at the lights, with light and responsive steering that you expect from such a model, alongside classic Citroen comfort over the bumps.
The styling is a little hit and miss, I do like the 15 inch alloys available on the higher models and the quirky colours will do well in the marketplace, but the wide headlights and big grill matched with a small bonnet do make this look a little squashed from the front. Inside it is completely customisable with many colour schemes to choose from and plenty of toys, with USB compatibility and LED running lights, while there is even a soft-top version available in the higher models.
There isn’t all that much room in the back, especially if you are fairly tall, but you can fold the seats in all models and there is a reasonable amount of bootspace for such a small car. This is great if you want a cheaper run-around to get you about the city, but it is not the kind of practical car you are looking for if you have a family. With plenty of customisation options and great economy, this is a younger person’s car that has plenty of flair!