2007 Citroen C1 | new car review

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 by

This, the littlest in the range measuring 3.40 m in length and possessing a body designed by Donato Coco. Developed by the PSA Group (Peugeot and Citroën) in a joint-venture with Toyota, the French manufacturer has been producing the C1 city car since 2005. It satisfies the ever-increasing demand for city-dwelling models that don’t break the bank and can transport four adult friends around without suffocating any one of them.

The Peugeot 107 (not available here) is identical to the C1 other than the front bumper and front and rear lights, while the Toyota Aygo/Yaris is slightly more differentiated but still obviously similar. It shares chassis, engines, and even interior fittings with the others.

Individual character on the 2007 comes in the form of a bolder grille than the Toyota and slightly smarter headlights than the 107. It’s arguably the best-looking of the three. The C1’s tail lights are also unique. A notable feature of the 4-door C1, though not the Aygo/Yaris, is the large tail light cluster, which extends from the edge of the rear doors to the rear window, meaning there is no external metal “C-pillar”.

Panel gaps are even and tight, and there are other indications of good perceived quality – such as doors which shut with an agreeable thunk. Inside, the soft-touch plastics in the cabin aren’t in evidence, but at least Citroen has eschewed using sombre black materials; the light grey dashboard brightens up the cabin somewhat, and the seat fabrics are perfectly serviceable.

The little Citroen’s engaging, uncomplicated driving dynamics recommend it for the urban cut and thrust, while its low price and straightforward cabin layout will appeal to first-time buyers, Citroen’s target buying groups.

Two specification levels are available, Vibe and Rhythm, the latter adding electric windows. Kit includes an MP3-compatible CD player (important for the with-it crowd), two airbags, and ABS with brakeforce distribution and stability control. Three- and five-door models are available, which makes the C1 a worthy rival to the Kia Picanto and Hyundai Atoz.

The C1 is powered by a 1.1-litre 3-cylinder engine, which has a fuel economy of 3.8 litres/100 km and is proven powerplant. The car is built at the TPCA joint-venture (Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobile) in the city of Kolin in the Czech Republic.

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