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I have had my zippy little Citroen C1 since the back-end of 2005. It was the first car I have ever purchased and when it comes to purchasing another car in the future, it will probably end up being a new C1! I have found the car incredibly reliable and have had very few problems with it over the years. There have only been a couple of occasions when the car has had to have extra work done on it over and above the usual service and MOT costs - once for the exhaust and once for the power steering relay switch. The C1 is great for parking - fits into the tiniest of spaces - and is easy to manoeuvre. With its flat rear and short front it minimises the chance of clipping anyone else's car, wall, lamp post etc as well! It is a lovely car to nip about on short journeys in, but is also capable of longer trips - it doesn't have particularly amazing levels of power and you won't spend your entire journey in the fast lane, but it will get you there and uses a lot less fuel than the bigger, more powerful gas-guzzlers on the road. I continue to be impressed by the economical fuel consumption on the C1. I'm not a car whizz so can't tell you exactly what it does to the gallon but, in layman terms, I spend roughly £20 a week on petrol and that gets me to York and back every weekend (approx. 65 miles) and allows me to drive to work and back most of the rest of the week (9 miles each way) plus a few little trips to the shops and back etc. Friends will always choose to get a lift with me as they know they will contribute a minimal amount to petrol costs! As far as other costs go - road tax is only £20 a year and insurance is relatively cheap compared to other small cars. I love the interior styling on the C1, with its bubble air vents and funky slide controllers for the temperature. The radio and CD player are not a techno-head's dream but they're not bad and there is a place to hook up your MP3 player as well. The car is more spacious on the inside than people expect - the boot is only small but if, like me, you generally drive around on your own or only with the one passenger, it's not a massive issue as you can put things on the back seat or even put the back seat down if required. One thing to bear in mind is if you do happen to have a car full of people, the car does struggle a little going up hills - but it will make it in the end! Overall I would thoroughly recommend the Citroen C1 - it is a reliable, economical, funky little car and I love it.
I am the proud owner of a Citreon C1 Vibe and I honestly love my little car! As most people know the Citreon C1 is not the biggest car or the biggest engine but boy does this car have a kick! I know a lot of reviews claim that this is only a city car, which I agree the car is a fantastic car to drive in cities but I have also found that the car does just as well on the motorways as it does in the cities. I recently took a 3 hour drive on the motorway in Scotland and not once did I come across any problems I felt me little car handled the whole journey well, it was smooth and enjoyable. I think people see the size and assume this little thing will not compete with cars on the motorway but we are not on the motorway to compete. The colour of my car is not the greatest it is a dark grey which at the time I thought was ideal but now when you see the lovely coloured C1's about I really regret my choice of colour but I have never once regretted my choice in car. One thing you would notice having this car is that parking is a doddle! I was never the best at parking in the street and in car parks but since buying my C1 this has become a thing of the past. I am fitting into space with ease, it has easily taken a lot of stress away from me there. The only thing I found off about this car is the Citreon C1 Vibe only has four seats so less space for passengers and very limited storing space but as I have 2-3 people in my car at the most this doesn't affect me too much but may affect people with big families, so if you do have a big family this will not be the best car for you. Another HUGE advantage for me having this car is fuel costs, I can honestly say I think I had a fuel guzzler and every couple of days I was filling up again and again but the C1 I have been filling my car up (which is cheaper to fill the tank up) and it is lasting me the whole week, this is saving me so much money in the long run. If you are considering a Citreon C1 Vibe for a first car or just to help save money I strongly recommend it.
Car In my 12 years of driving I have had 5 cars. However only on this last one did I feel I had more choice rather than "oh no, my car has died and I need another one urgently...and cheaply" With a little cash behind me from selling the previous car I took some time to choose one that I thought would work best for my needs. 3 years on with this chosen (second-hand) car and it's working out quite well. [Spec] Drive: Manual Gears: 5 Doors: 2 Seats: 4 Fuel: Petrol [Mileage] I get around 60 miles per gallon from this car. [Tax] One of the benefits of this car is that the CO2 emissions are low enough to get me cheap tax. I pay £20 a year for tax and after having paid over £100 a year on all my other cars this really does make a difference. [Service/Maintenance] In the three years I've had this car, I have had two services and there has only ever been one thing wrong which was the gear cable snapped. However I have had a check around and it does not seem to be a common issue with this car. Most of my other cars usually needed the garage several times a year, especially my last one that spent more time at the garage than on the drive! [Dash] The dashboard is actually pretty ugly if I'm honest, I don't know what it is but the speedometer looks "weird" and makes the whole dash unappealing but I didn't get the car for a pretty dashboard. It doesn't have some of what I had in the last car which is rev counter or temperature gauge though it does of course have the petrol gauge which seems accurate (I ran out of petrol one day as I wasn't paying attention). It has the usual light-ups, engine fault, seat-belt unbuckled, temp, battery etc. Thankfully these have never lit up other than the usual when the car is started. Heater can take a while to kick in (show me a non-luxury car that doesn't have this problem!) and the cool air (not aircon) option is usually just luke warm air that does not help in hot weather! But, better than nothing. [Glove compartment & other nooks and crannies] The glove box...is not really a box and has no door so it's just an open cubbie hole that holds my CD collection for the car. There are cubbies in the doors and two small ones in the back next to the seats. There is also one on the driver's side tucked in next to the steering wheel for handy things like sunglasses if driving on a sunny day. There is an area for bits and bats under the radio and two "cup holding" areas that are barely deep enough to support a cup without it flying around so we don't really use them! However with all these nooks and crannies you do have space for CDs, change, pen, pad, map, spare bulbs, first aid kit and a range of items you may feel the need to carry around. (As I do!) [Safety] Both the driver and front passenger have airbags and there is the option of shutting off the airbag (using the key). This is for if you have a baby seat in the front, you are not meant to have an airbag set up. There are four seat belts as the car is considered a Four seater so the centre at the back has no seat belt! [Locking] One issue I do have is the lack of central locking, for such a young car only 6 years old I was shocked that it had no central locking and there have been a few times early on where I would forget to lock my passenger door and would end up running back outside in a panic to do so. Also, you cannot just push down the lock on the door you are exiting from. If I reach across and push the lock on the passenger side (works fine) then I get out the driver's side and push down the driver's lock, when the door closes it pops up. Annoying, though I am sure I would have ended up locking my keys inside if it did work so maybe it's annoying but a good thing! [Engine] I'm not car-expert but I like to know where the coolant goes, where the windscreen washer reservoir is and where the dipstick and oil cap is. The engine is compact, everything easily marked with colourful lids or handles (in the case of the dipstick) so you can figure out where things go. The coolant and washer reservoir have max and min clearly on the side (last few cars didn't and I would often overfill!) One thing I do like is the fact the oil cap is screw on. It did need a stronger person than me to unscrew it the first time, but then I screwed it on to my strength level and now I can top up my oil without the need for assistance. My last 2 cars had oil caps that were like plugs and you needed to stand on the engine, tugging for days on the damn things with a curse and a prayer to get them off! [Drivability] While I confess I don't drive huge journeys spanning the length and breadth of the country I do go further than just to work and back. I am also confident enough to drive in bad weather that includes snow, sleet, hail and ice. What I have found is the car has good manoeuvrability and drives very well. It responses to gentle touches of the pedals which really helps if you are trying to get up (or down) a hill (I live on a hill) in icy weather. It is a true nippy town car, easy to shift around and fits into snug spaces. [Power] My last car was a 1.2 however it was a heavy car (large exhaust) so never exactly felt that powerful. However this car obviously doesn't have the same power capacity of the larger models but while it can take a little more patience to get up speed on a motorway (especially on an incline) it doesn't struggle that much and once up at the higher speeds, it drives well not like some small powered cars which shudder and shake and threat to kick the bucket under such pressure. [Boot] These small town cars are designed to be nippy and compact so while the boot is small yes, it is something expected when you take on one of these cars. However they do hold more than you realise. I only really put my seats down if I am doing a big shop or carrying something bulky. Otherwise my boot holds a few bags (and the usual stuff I keep in there, such as jack, jump leads etc etc) Putting the seats down is quick and easy so you really don't feel like you are struggling with space because it's not such a hassle to get that extra space. [Bad points] Central Locking - Not having it, a big annoyance (mentioned above) Seat realignment - This has got to be a big bugbear with me. When you put the seat forward so you can get into the back seat, on lifting the seat back up, it does not go back into its original position instead it locks at a set "straight-back" position which would be uncomfortable for a contortionist to sit in. So every time you need to get into the back seat, you will need to re-set the position of the front seats. I know it's not a big issue but in this day and age of technology, we really should have this as-standard in ALL cars!! Blocked view - this is probably the biggest problem that I found with the car. Now it may be dependent on where I set my seat but I don't think this is it. The issue is the frame of the windshield, the edges that run down either side (you could say the "corners of the car" are a really bad blind spot. They are just positioned (driver's side mainly) so that when you turn corners you lose part of the road / pavement and it does mean you have to be extra sharp, especially if cars/bikes or people are around. Horn - Beyond weedy. I recently was almost hit by some stupid woman who seemed completely oblivious I was driving on the road and just pulled out as I came up to her junction. She was so close I couldn't even break, I had to swerve to miss hitting her. Several curses later and a mad-moment of forgetting where the horn was and then whap! I hit it (not too hard because it's on the wheel and so is the air bag and knowing my luck I could have set it off)... the horn gave off this little wheeze of a noise that sounded less like an angry driver and more like a mouse...sneezing. Windows - No electric windows. Again not a big issue, but if you stop to ask directions and they are on the passengers side you have to awkwardly lean over and spend a good few seconds cranking that handle. Annoying and again, in this day and age why have all cars not got them. Cars I've had that were old had electrics. [Summary] Overall a good, nippy, town car that doesn't guzzle the fuel, is easy to park (fits in very small spaces) and is great if you don't have several kids to be driving around. Loses a point for the bad issues it has - they annoyed me!
I've owned this car for approx 1 year now, I have the 3door version and find it nice and snug (I am only 5'4 so for me it is great!) I do find that having people in the back is an issue as not everyone is as small as myself so they struggle for legroom so I tend not to give lifts (possibly another perk of the car..) It's pretty nippy for a little car but it's not amazing for motorway driving, however for normal day driving I find it gets me where I need to be. I have yet to have any issues with the car, it runs smoothly, it's cheap to drive and tax and my insurance is nice and cheap because of it. I mainly use this car to drive to and from work so probably about 40minutes a day but have also taken trips which have taken about 1 1/2 to 2 hours and it's been perfect! I would definately recommend this car
Lets be honest, this is not an Aston Martin. Its a Citroen C1. It has a boot the size of a large microwave oven, a sewing machine for an engine, the body styling makes it look like a bit of used chewing gum. And I love it. If you live in a town or city, don't drive very far or you just want a little second car - get one of these. They cost very little to run (I regularly get 50-60 miles per gallon), are cheap to tax, congestion charge exempt and easy to drive. If you decide to take it on the Sunseeker Rally you will either come last or die wrapped around a tree. But you're not going to do that, are you? You're going to bomb around town in it. Here, once again, are the good and the bad. The Good Parking Its very easy to park. It has power steering and it's tiny. As such you can fit into spaces most other cars can't. Visibility is good unless you've got the sun visor down, in which case you might as well have your eyes shut. Economy Fuel economy is great. I mean really great. As I've said, 50 - 60 to the gallon. Features As well as the power steering mentioned above the C1 comes with ABS, driver's airbag, Radio/CD player with an auxiliary input for your MP3 player. The sound quality is dreadful, but it doesn't matter because its not like you've bought this car to go on road trips in the Riviera. You've bought it for all those five minute trips round the corner, or to get to work. Comfort Right, the seats aren't comfortable, but it's a budget micro car. What is impressive is that a friend of mine who is 6'4'' can sit in it without his head denting the roof. He can't even do that in his Mitsubishi Shogun - so its surprisingly roomy. In the front. Also, I've seen reviews where people say the pedals are in a strange position. I found them in the driver's footwell, which is where I expected them to be. They are straight out in front of you, not off to the side (like in the old Citroen AX), all in all the driving position is upright, but not a problem. You wouldn't like to drive it from one end of the country to the other, but then that's not what this car is for. Speed Its actually surprisingly quick. With a little revs it will do 0-60 in about 13 seconds. This means that you don't sit at junctions hoping that they close the road so you can get out. I've never had a problem with this car in that respect. It has a top speed of about 80 mph, which is 10 mph over the speed limit (so you don't need any more). In short its as quick as it needs to be for the price and the fuel economy. Fun Small cars are more fun, its a simple fact. It doesn't handle particularly well because of the tiddly suspension and the even tiddlier wheels, but when it snowed this year I had a very large grin on my face because its easy to catch in a skid. This car is an old fashioned drive, its all mechanics, nothing clever and as such you get a lot of feedback through the steering wheel and the seat. I like that in a car. Reliability I know all cars are different, and some people have not had great experiences. All I can say from my experience is that I've never had a problem with either of mine. They always start first time, nothing has ever fallen off, stopped working or exploded. The Not So Good Seats The seats are pretty much four springs with some fabric over them. If you never want to walk again, take the car for a long drive. Otherwise, keep to zipping around town. Visibility Whilst I have said visibility is good, when the sun shines you get a kind of dot matrix pattern on the wind screen, which is the reflection of the dashboard. It takes a bit of getting used to. I like to pretend I'm in the Matrix. ABS Yes, it has ABS. Which is good. Unfortunately the car is so light that if you brake even lightly in the wet and you drive over a man hole cover the ABS will go off. The ABS sounds like a building falling on you, and you're quite likely to have a cardiac arrest should this occur. Space Before allowing anyone to sit in the back, first remove their legs. The back seat is good for shopping. That's about it. Style I'm not a small chap, so when I get out of this car it looks a bit like it's giving birth. If you take your mate to the pub in it, he'll probably want to walk back rather than face the embarrassment of being seen in it. I'm nearly 40 and have no style, so it suits me down to the ground. The Gearbox Okay, it's not like stirring a bucket of bricks. Its just a bit notchy. Plus the gear ratios are quite high so first gear is just below where you'd expect to find 2nd in most cars. This means at the low revs its sluggish, once you're up into the 3000's she's just fine though. I've also found that when you're going down into first gear the baulk ring on it means you have to all but stop before it will go in. This is about the biggest niggle I have with the car.
Since owning my first C1 in 2008, and now in 2010 I really like these cars hence why I have gone back to another one. I have the 5 door version and this version has a slightly bigger back seat, which is better for parents with children with car seat/s I have two in the back of mine, the only disadvantage is there are only two main seat belts on the back seat, this is because these are classed as two seats at the back. From a design view these look like pretty little space saving cars, and they do look very attractive - the reason I brought my first C1. Citroen are a very innovative company who think of lots of very clever gadgets and space saving ideas. The C1 is a basic car which is a good little runaround, with lots of little compartments for all of your accessory needs, with two cupholders, side pockets front and back, some space for cds, and the glove compartment, which comes without a lid, which can be purchase as an extra. If you do have children in the back of the car you have child locks on the back doors which will enable peace of mind to parents, also with the standard model, there are no electric windows, or winding window mecanisms, what you do have is a little handle that you can push out to allow air intake through the car. The windows at the front have a hand winder which is basic for a standard model, if you were to upgrade to the next model up, or the top of the range model you would get automatic window, air condition, and alarm key entry - which on the standard model is just entry with they key in the lock. The general space is good for smaller people with room to move in the front chassis of the car, the back is a lot more spacious without car seats. Economy wise, this a very economical car, fuel consumption averages 50 miles mpg, and on long runs you can expect over 60mpg. Tax for this car is £20 for a year, which I think is definately worth it. And insurance is very cheap, one of the lowest categories. The only space you compromise on is the boot, which is very compact, and would suit me fine if I did not need a pushchair in the back, and if you need a pushchair in the back you will need a smaller puschair, but even so once the pushchair is in the back, there is still room left over for a small shopping load. The main reason I went back to this car is the economy factor, and how cheap it is on upkeep. And when you want to trade it in these do not lose their value as much as some other cars.
I have got a 3 door version of this car and I absolutely love it. It is cheap to run as very good on the fuel consupmtion side and also the tax is only £25 per year! You cannot beat that. It is easy to manouver, easy to park. Looks great inside as well. I have a one with airconditioning and it only causes a problem if I go really fast on the motorway uphill. That is when I can really notice if the aircon is on, as the engine is so small. Otherwise, no problem. The boot is small but if its just the 2 of you in the car and you are going away, you can create more boot space by pushing forward the back of the seats at the back. That way you can carry lots of suitcases and we even went abroad a few times with a lot of lagguages sitting in the back. So there are ways around it.
Right now, I'm 20 and have had the Citroen C1 since the month I passed my test, almost three years ago. At first I was wary of getting it as, lets be honest, it's not the best looking car in the world! I was, however, persuaded after hearing the price of it (Just £120 per month) and knowing that my insurance would be very cheap. It was around £50 a month for my first year, which as a 17 year old male, is extremely cheap, especially when I compared this with my friends' insurance quotes. The fuel consumption is unbelieveable. Last time I filled up, I was good for around two weeks before having to take a trip back to the station, the majority of that driving being city driving. The car has been reliable beyond belief. Not once have I had to have it into the garage for a problem of any sort, which is pretty impressive in three years, not even a puncture! In terms of comfort, I find it pretty comfortable and is deceptively spacious inside, I'm 6 foot 2 and fit comfortably inside, front or back, with room to spare. And although this car only has a mere 1 litre engine, due to its lightweight nature, it certainly doesn't feel like it, it's quite nippy off the line, as well as having pretty great handling! The C1's features aren't the greatest, though. Sure, it comes with a CD player, but that is about it. The fuel cap is a nuisance, and the boot is absolutely tiny. Overall, I think this car is excellent value for money, and very cheap to run. At just £25 a year in road tax, it is a dream. I'd definitely reccomend it.
I purchased a Citroen C1 as my previous car, a Vauxhall Tigra, was eating up too much fuel. The C1 certainly uses less petrol than a Tigra, so in a nutshell does what I bought it for. The C1 is quirky with a very polished design, and the best looking of the 106 the C1 and the Aygo (all the same car believe it or not). The car itself is very nice to drive. it is reminiscent of the tiny hatchbacks of old: nippy, quick steering, close to the ground little things which were fun to drive. The seats in mine are bucket seats (extra) which are very comfortable. Please do not get the normal seats, they are terrible. You do yearn for more power, but if you are considering buying this car you are already prepared to make this compromise. If you drive this car properly, economically (slowly with little revs) then you will save a bundle. With £15 (£0 on never models) road tax you can't go wrong. Insurance is decent too; with two sub 25 drivers we pay around £800 - bear in mind one has not been driving for even a year yet. Driving on motorways is a different story. At 70mph the C1 revs at 3500. At 80, this is much increased. As I said, you MUST drive this car economically if you are buying it to save money, as 'razzing it' down the motorway at a ton will shake it to pieces, literally, and will cost you much more than you would expect in petrol too. Ideally you would want to go about 60-65 on the motorway. You won't, but you should! As an aside, this car is the easiest car to stall I have ever driven. I still stall it occasionally, usually on hills. This is probably just because it is a very low powered car and I am used to driving a 1.8 petrol Tigra. I have been fairly disappointed with the interior decor. I bought a few extras with the car - a glovebox, parcel shelf and chrome finishes. "A glovebox?!" I hear you cry, that is not an extra, surely? Yes, unfortunately quite a lot of basic items are extras on this car and again, unfortunately, they aren't very good. The glovebox (£35) is broken already and the parcel shelf constantly falls off it's hinges when putting shopping in the boot. Another niggle is the stereo - briefly, the sound quality is very poor as are the speakers. Small niggles, but niggles nontheless - these affect my everyday driving of the car, and every day it annoys me. One worry you may have is the size of the car. I wouldn't' worry too much about that - the boot is of a surprising size and normal sized passengers in the back have enough room to sit comfortably. Beware - if you have shopping in the back with 3 passengers, you will be travelling home slowly. All in all this car does what it says on the tin IF you drive it correctly, with a tardis like amount of space inside. It is very easy to park, but I would say that the view is slightly obstructed by the front pillars, especially on the drivers side. Rear visibility is quite good however. I like this car -- for my purposes it is perfect. If I have children, I will probably get rid of it as it would be too awkward to get a child in and out of the back seats with it being a 3-door.
I am an 18 year old male driver and I learnt to drive in this car when I was 17 as my mum owns it. as a car to learn in its great, small to make manoeuvres easier and a great little town car. Also the insurance wasnt much compared to what my friends pay on other cars as it is insurance group 1, and I actually do get 60MPG out of it which is incredible considering its mainly used for town driving! But not only is it great for the town but its not too bad on the motorway either, granted being in it for 2/3 hours or more is going to get pretty uncomfortable but it does in other much more expensive cars as well. Only having a 1 litre engine I thought it would be quite slow but it is actually very nippy and doesn't have too bad acceleration as its so light! Inside is surprisingly spacious and 2 6ft adults can sit in the back quite easily however the boot is veryyy small but for just chucking your shopping in is great. The major downside to this car is that on the 3 door version the angle of the front seats don't return to their original position when you lower them to allow passengers to enter the back, they always return to some awful angle to give you a hunchback! When my mum was deciding what car to buy she couldnt decide on eaither the 107, C1 or aygo as they are all pretty much the exact same car, in the end she went for the C1 as it was the cheapest, I have friends who own 107's and aygo's and they are exactly the same, so if looking to buy one just go for the cheapest at the time!
This car is perfect for driving around town if you are an eco conscious and fuel savvy motorist. It really is incredibly economical and frequently delivered 60mpg around town. However, I used this car to drive 25 miles to work each day over very hilly country roads so the mpg plummeted to 40mpg, and I also wore the brakes down very quickly (a bit of a typical Citroen fault). It is very nippy and feels sporty to drive; you can throw it around corners easily because of its size and even though it only has a 1 litre engine it doesn't hang about. There is a bit of a din when driving and music is drowned out when driving on the motorway. Inside, it sounds a bit like the exhaust is blowing but this is just because of the 3 cylinders (so the man at the Citroen garage told me). Yes, the boot is tiny but I only ever used it for a weekly shop and you can get 5 shopping bags in there, no trouble. In short; a lovely nippy little motor.
I bought a 3 door 2006 Citroen C1 Vibe second hand around 9 months ago and to be honest I wish I'd never bothered! I'll start off with the good stuff which attracted me to the car in the first place:- *Fantastic Fuel Economy. I'm not sure if I get the suggested 60 mpg, but it can't be too far off it. It certainly uses less than my previous car (Fiat Seicento) which was a much smaller car. *Low Insurance cost. *£35 a year road tax. *Reasonable performance. Acceleration seems much better than I had expected for a car that is less than 1000cc engine, at least up to about maybe 40mph which is fine for mostly urban driving. After this and certainly from 50mph onwards it seems to struggle which is to be expected. *Not expensive when new and seems to hold second hand value well. *Reasonable space inside. Boot is small as would be expected on a small car, but if more space is needed seats can be folded down. Now for the bad stuff:- *Inside the car is very basic and not well finished at all. It has wind up windows rather than electric windows seen on most modern cars. Although I seen all this before I bought the car so I can't complain about this. *Really hard and uncomfortable driver's seat. The driving position and positioning of pedals seem strange and awkward. I only normally travel two 7 mile journeys each day but usually find I have a sore back after. I dread to think how unpleasant this car would be on a long journey. *Strangely one of the two keys stopped working in the driver's door although it works on the other locks and ignition. The other key still works everywhere. *Front seats don't seem to return to their original position after you have let passengers into the back. *Passenger door randomly leeks and lets in water leaving a wet floor seemingly randomly. I'm not sure it may depend on rain direction? *Now for the biggest - Clutch Problems. The car has only done 18,000 but the clutch already needs replacing which will seemingly be an expensive job (I don't know cost as yet as it is booked in next week, but research on the internet suggests £500+). When I phoned garage they were able to tell me it is a common problem on these cars and it is typical to go at around 20,000 miles. I find it totally unacceptable that a clutch will not even last this distance, it is less than 2 years average motoring! Overall I seriously regret my decision to buy this car and would urge anyone who is considering buying one to look at my experience and consider if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. In my experience they massively do not.
My girlfriend has a had a C1 since their launch in 2005. This car cost her £6,495 and is the cheapest version of the three car launch that included a toyota and peugeot model too. The car itself is a one litre, three cylinder with the car falling into the insurance group 1E!! cheap as chips. The engine is actually built by toyota so there is some security in this as japanese motors tend to be very well built. 0-60 time is a very slow 13.7 seconds but you arnt going to be buying this car to race audi's or anything like that so who cares. The car is a three door and can easily fit 4 passengers unless your a giant. The interior is simple with a funky design. Bright orange centre console with nice big buttons (the feel is a bit cheap, but hey! this is a cheap car), plenty of leg room in the front and a nice big windscreen means this feels a lot larger than it is. My girlfriend has covered 40,000 miles in hers and has had one exhaust gone and a clutch so far. The citroen dealer was very helpfull and the cost to fix the issues was not huge. Tax is dirt cheap for the car and £10 of petrol will last a age if you drive in a economical manner. This is a great little car and even after 5 years she could still make around half her money back in a private sale! Bargain if you ask me.
Nine months into the ownership of a Citroen C1, I am fairly impressed. It is so easy to park, saves a fortune in car tax, petrol costs and insurance, and is perfect for my twenty-mile commute to work and back every day. I rarely need to use the passenger seats in the back, but when on the odd occasion I have taken passengers, they have been comfortable. I have been known to take my bearded collie out in the car - he sits in comfort on the back seat! The boot is sufficient for the weekly shop for 2-3 people. The MP3 connection works to a good sound quality, and all the controls are basic and easy to understand. The disadvantages of this small car are few, but the key points to note are that it doesn't handle too well on ice and snow, there is no dual window control on the driver's side of the car, and the interior light is not very efficient in terms of illuminating the car when the door opens and the engine is switched off. However, I am generally happy with it, and don't expect to change it in the near future.
I got this little car in 2006 as my first car. It is brilliant! Yes, it is very small so using it as a family car would be ludicrous (especially as there are only 4 seats) but there is in fact space for 2 large men to sit in the back. We often drive with 4 people in the car and everyone seems comfortable. It is worth noting though that although 4 people can be happy in the car, there will be no room whatsoever for their luggage as the boot would only really fit 4 handbags. The extras are lacking compared to the similar Toyota and Peugeot cars. That said, just the basics - which can look a little cheap I'll admit - are great. The i-Pod socket works wonders though and actually attracts a lot of jealousy from people with more expensive cars. The size of the car means manoeuvres and parking are a breeze making it a perfect city car. As for longer journeys, my little C1 has been to France a couple of times and had no problems. You can travel at a decent speed on motorways but don't expect any extreme acceleration. The petrol engine seems to run itself, very rarely needing refuelling so it is in fact a very economical car even once it has been bought. I would definitely recommend this car.