The Citroen C1 really is a small car lover’s dream, and contains a healthy dose of French flare just for good measure.
Externally, the larger headlamps and deep front bumper give it an identity all of its own. At the rear, it also has a uniquely shaped bumper, tailgate and lights. Moving round to the sides, the rear doors are unusual as they extend all the way to the tail-light clusters, so the C-pillar is actually incorporated into the opening, saving vital space. Other innovative styling points include the fuel filler flap and cap – which is integrated into the bumper. Whilst stylish all these elements were designed to make the car simpler & cheaper to build.
Trumpeted as the lightest production car engine available, it is capable of returning 61.4mpg, and develops 68bhp. The motor is surprisingly relaxed at speed, thanks to a tall fifth gear. On the road, the C1 feels extremely assured, particularly over potholed city streets. Thanks to its short front and rear overhangs and wheel-at-each-corner stance, it is not only easy to maneuver, but handles confidently and rides bumps well.
But do not be fooled into thinking the car's tiny dimensions mean the Citroen is cramped inside. The spacious cabin design has ample room for four along with a decent sized boot, and the rear seats fold to create a versatile load space.
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