If you’re in the market for a compact city car, then you’ve got a whole load of options available. The Seat Mii and Citroen C1 are both small, easy to drive and frugal to own models, bringing low-cost running and decent reliability.
But if you’ve already been looking at the Seat and haven’t yet checked out the Citroen, what do you need to know? Let’s find out.
At the very core of the Citroen C1 is its frugality. All versions of the C1 use a fuel-sipping 1.0-litre engine, which is surprisingly peppy when it comes to performance. It’s got that nippy acceleration that really helps when darting through traffic.
But the real bonus is fuel economy. You could see up to 68.9mpg combined, while CO2 emissions of just 93g/km will mean it’s cheap to tax, too.
You don’t want a city car that is a pain to drive, which is why everything about the C1’s driving experience is plain and simple. The manual gear change is light and direct, while the clutch pedal is really light to operate, too.
You’ve then got extra-light steering which helps to make parking the C1 an absolute doddle.
It’s quite easy for car interiors to feel a little alien, with lots of the latest cars adopting different screens and displays. It’s a little easier to understand in the C1, however, thanks to chunky controls for the heating and ventilation and easy switches for the lights.
You do get a small screen, but this is used to access the media and navigation functions instead.
Even small cars can get cluttered, which is why having some storage for odds and ends can make all the difference. Citroen has obviously thought about this, as the C1 is kitted out with loads of places to store all of your loose items.
There are two generously-sized cupholders up front, for instance, as well as a small tray for change. Then, in the doors, there are reasonably sized bins that can accommodate other items.
The C1’s styling is definitely eye-catching, with versions currently available through HPL Motors finished in all manner of different colours. Red, blue and more traditional black shades are all there to choose from, meaning that there’s something for everyone.
You can also get the C1 with silver or gloss black wheels, taking the car’s look one stage further in the process.