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Citroen C1

The independent definitive Citroen C1 video review
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    STILL THE ONE? (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    The Citroen C1 aims to boost its appeal with a slightly smarter look, extra equipment and a revamped Vti 72 engine. Jonathan Crouch reports

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 52

    The Citroen C1 used to be a smart pick if you were after a cheap and cheerful city car. The latest version isn't content with being a budget option; it's tilting at the class lead. With improved comfort, new safety and connectivity equipment, and a new-generation engine, it's in with a shot.

    Backgroundword count: 95

    Earlier generation versions of the Citroen C1 offered cheap, cheerful transport - but not a lot else. This second generation model though, launched in 2014, has tried to give us a bit more, with trendier looks and even the option of a fabric-roof version. But competition in the citycar sector is fierce, particularly from this model's near-identical design stablemates, the Peugeot 108 and the Toyota Aygo, which both roll out of the same Czech factory. Hence the changes recently visited upon the C1 range. You might be surprised at how sophisticated this car's now become.

    Driving Experienceword count: 195

    The C1 driving proposition has always been pretty straightforward. It's a citycar that's small, manoeuvrable, easy to see out of and, as you realise very early on jinking about town, very simple to operate. Original versions of this second generation model could be had with two three cylinder Vti petrol engines, a 1.0-litre 68bhp unit and a 1.2-litre 82bhp powerlant. These units have now both been replaced by a brand new Vti 72 Euro 6.d-TEMP engine, which comes with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a (rather jerky) ETG semi-auto transmission. The auto variant will certainly suit urban-bound folk, people who'll appreciate the light steering and a kerb-to-kerb 10m turning circle so tight that even if you spot a parking place on the other side of the road, you may be able to throw a quick U-turn to snaffle it. When reversing into a narrow bay, it's almost comical how little car there is behind the rear seats and it's worth remembering that you can afford to leave yourself some breathing room at the back. Parking like this is especially easy thanks to the light power steering that'll twirl you easily into the smallest slot.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-62 mph (s):

    11

    14.6

    Combined mpg:

    65.7

    68.9

    Extra urban mpg:

    74.3

    78.5

    Height (mm):

    1460

    Length (mm):

    3466

    Max Speed (mph):

    98

    106

    ... and 6 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Small Runabouts

    Performance
    40%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    50%
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