The Citroen C1 is faces big competition from the likes of Volkswagen Group with the Up!, the Citigo and the Mii. It also faces fresh competition from the likes of the Opel Karl and even the Ford KA. The C1 shares its platform with the new Peugeot 108 and the Toyota Aygo. As run-arounds go, any of the three are a good option.
Two engines are available with the C1 on the Irish market, both of which are petrol. First up is the 1.2 litre Puretech engine which offers 82 bhp and will bring you from 0-100km/h in 11 seconds. Being fair, this is a city car, so don't be expecting these basic models to be the quickest in the world. Both engines are zippy around cities. The other engine is the 3-cylinder, 1.0 litre, VTi. This offers 68 hp and on-paper it is sluggish on the off. 0-100km/h is achieved in 14.3 seconds.
In terms of handling, this is actually a very fun little car to drive - around cities. It's good on corners with a bit of speed, but on the motorway, you can feel the lack of horses, and on account of that, we would probably recommend looking at the 1.2 litre option if you want a bit more gusto.
In terms of refinement, the interior does feel basic and while the car is comfortable, you will certainly here engine noises as you get up to motorway speeds. There is a bit of road noise too.
The cabin is simple with entry level models and to be honest, if you want more luxury, then this segment mightn't be for you. This car is comfortable and the infotainment system that is there is very easy to use. There is a seven-inch screen available.
Safety-wise, the C1 scored four stars in the Euro NCAP. IT achieved 80% for adult safety, 80% for child safety and 62% for pedestrian safety. It only scored 56% for safety assist technologies. A reversing camera and Hill Start Assist is available with the vehicle.
In terms of space, this is a city car, so don't expect to see the interior of a Skoda Superb. The boot offers 196 litres, which is competitive with the competition.