Citroen C1 Hatchback 2005-2009

Citroen C1 Hatchback 2005-2009

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016


  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Nippy around town
  • Easy to park
  • Funky styling


  • Limited engines
  • Noisy at motorway speeds
  • Tiny boot space


The Citroen C1 was built in conjunction with the Toyota Aygo and the Peugeot 107 so it shares a lot of kit and its looks with both of them. It is a surprisingly spacious interior with funky looks inside and out that are aimed at a younger audience. It is a perfect little run around, especially around town with its nippy engines, but it also handles motorway speeds surprisingly well too.

Exterior and Interior

The C1 is very similar in looks to the Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 107 due to it being built in the same factory as the other two. The interior is where most of the differences appear though as all three companies have kitted out their cars differently. The C1 comes with contemporary styling with its unique heater controls that glow orange when the headlights are on and pod styled dash. The interior is surprisingly spacious with four people over six foot being able to fit in comfortably, even in the back. The boot is adequately proportioned for a car of this size being able to get a few shopping bags in and some of the higher level trims come with the added option of being able to fold flat their split folding rear seats. The five door is the better choice if you're going to be transporting people in the back seats on a regular basis as they are hard to get into in the three door model. The driving position is good and comes with excellent views all round which makes town driving easier. The entry level Vibe trim doesn't come with much apart from ABS, airbags, power steering and a CD stereo that you can plug your iPod into. The top of the range is the VTP trim that adds air con, alloys, rear folding seats, front electric windows, remote locking and side airbags.

Performance and Economy

The 1.0-litre petrol is surprisingly 'nippy' managing both in town and on the motorway well thanks to its light weight. It is the quicker of the two engines at 13.3 seconds to 60mph and it isn't that far behind the diesels fuel efficiency, the newer 2009 engine achieves 63mpg. The diesel engine is just as good if not better around town as the petrol with its low down pulling power making the slower town driving easy. It's not too bad on the motorway either once you get it up to speed, which may take a while with it taking just over 15 seconds to get from 0-60mph, but once at 70mph it cruises along surprisingly well and it will keep going for a long time with its 67mpg fuel efficiency. It is more expensive to insure than the petrol even though both fall into category one and it only comes in the five door model.

Like to Drive

The C1 handles extremely well especially in town where it was designed to be driven with its sharp steering and peppy little engines making town driving a doddle. It handles motorway driving well even if the engines can feel a little strained when fully loaded. It handles corners with plenty of grip as long as you don't push it too hard. The ride is a little firm and the steering a bit light but it's not likely to put you off.

Faults and Repairs

There shouldn't be too many faults on the C1 as the majority of it was built by Toyota, although Citroen did make the diesel engine. As for services and repairs they shouldn't cost too much, averaging about the same as the Aygo and 107. Parts shouldn't be too expensive when it comes to repairs either as all three cars share a large proportion of their parts making them cheaper to manufacturer and to come by.