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Citroen C1 – The Ideal City Car

If you’ve ever considered a compact city car, you may have come across the Citroen C1 during your extensive research. Not only is it popular among younger drivers and those who have recently passed their test, it is also a popular option for those who live or work in space constrained environments.

The Citroen C1 is good car, particularly for first time drivers due to the low cost of ownership, improved efficiency and low purchase price. It's also good for city drivers to want a vehicle that can navigate city streets easily and park without hassle.

The evolution of the Citroen C1

In the late 2,000’s, the Citroen C1 was quite a unique looking model. With it’s flat backed boot and small footprint, it bared a striking resemblance to the Toyota Aygo and the Peugeot 108.

Fast forward to present day and Citroen has not only increased the cabin space of the C1, but also given it a much sleeker design and plenty of features as standard.


Despite the increase in cabin space, the Citroen C1 is still an incredibly compact car and can fit seamlessly into any city environment, making parking in tight spaces a doddle.

The headlights and their indicator ‘eyebrows’ add to the cars already playful attitude and the daytime running LED lights make you visible in any environment.

There’s multiple styles to choose from too, with the Sense and Shine models available in either 3 or 5 door options and the Airscape Shine, a convertible model designed for those who enjoy getting out of the city.


Like the exterior, the interior can be customised to your liking, with three colours to chose from for the dashboard and two interior trims.

With the ability to comfortably accommodate up to 4 adults, the Citroen C1 is designed for practicality as well as being an economically friendly way to get about.

The 196 litre boot is large enough to accommodate a full shop, a small pushchair or hobby equipment such as football boots and bags. If you need to accommodate much large items, you can fold down the rear seats for 780 litres of boot space.

With the Shine models, you can also benefit from a leather steering wheel which offers additional comfort for the driver.

Air Conditioning

There’s air conditioning across the Sense models to keep you and your passengers comfortable during the journey.

Rear 50/50 split/folding seats

If you need additional boot space or need to transport a large item that needs accommodating, you can utilise the 50/50 split/folding feature if you don’t need to carry 3 passengers. This is available on the Sense models.


One thing that makes the Citroen C1 unique is the colour combinations and customisations that are available to really make you stand out from the crowd. There’s plenty of colours to choose from, including Blue Lagoon, Lipizzan White and Scarlet Red to name just a few.

The Shine models have 15” ‘Planet’ alloy wheels which add a true touch of class to the Citroen C1.

Customisable Sun-Roof

If you opt for the Citroen C1 Airscape, there is also the choice of two colours for the roof, Sunrise Red and Black so you can truly customise your vehicle to your liking. The canvas roof can be electronically controlled up to speeds of 70mph, giving that true ‘wind in your hair’ feeling, especially during the Summer months.

What colours is the Citroen C1 available in?

There’s a wide range of colour options to choose from when you purchase the Citroen C1, including Blue Lagoon, Caldera Black Metallic, Lipizzan White, Smalt Blue Metallic, Carlinite Grey Metallic, Gallium Grey Metallic and Scarlet Red.

What dashboard colours are available?

There’s two dashboard colours to choose from with the Citroen C1; Lizzan White and Sunrise Red.

Citroen C1 cloth styles

There’s two cloth options to choose from including the Urban Ride Metropolitan cloth and the Sunrise Red Zebra cloth. You can customise the interior to be to your style with the combination of cloth styles and dashboard colours.

Safety Features

Even with the small footprint, the Citroen C1 is packed with safety features as well as driver assist features that can make your journey safer and more convenient.

Hill Start Assist – If you live in an area where there are lots of hills or inclines, Hill Start Assist feature holds the car for two seconds, giving you chance to find your biting point and move off safely, without worrying about rolling the car backwards.

Lane Departure Warning System – If you travel regularly on motorways or dual carriageways, the lane Departure Warning System is great for keeping your vehicle on the straight and narrow. If your car starts to cross the white line without activating the indicator, the system will alert the driver.

Active City Brake – Ideal for city driving, the Active City Brake utilises a screen mounted camera and if the system senses a collision is imminent, the brakes will be activated.

Speed Limit Sign Recognition and Recommendation (optional extra) – If you are driving in an area that is unknown to you, the Speed Limit Sign Recognition and Recommendation will read the speed limit signs and alert you to any changes on your touchscreen system.

Technology Features

Despite the compact size, the Citroen C1 is packed with technology features as standard, including a 7” touchscreen that integrates seamlessly with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can manage your smartphone apps through your vehicle. This allows you to keep your concentration firmly on the road ahead.

The mirror screen feature allows you to mirror your smartphone screen, including all Apps, onto your 7” touchscreen, allowing you to control these Apps through your car.

The Citroen C1 engine is designed with efficiency in mind, and the economical technologies are in-built to help keep your car running efficiently. The start-stop technology allows you to switch the engine off when stationary to reduce fuel consumption. When you are ready to accelerate, the engine will jump back into action.

Citroen C1 Insurance Group

Ideal for first time drivers, the Citroen C1 is in insurance group 8 which is among the lower insurance groups according to You can expect to pay a cheaper insurance premium with the C1 being in a low insurance group, although this will depend heavily on our age and other factors such as driving history.

If you are interested in taking a test drive of the Citroen C1, you can get in touch with us or pop into our dealerships in Blackburn or Bolton.

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