Citroen C1 2014: price, specs and on sale date

11 Mar, 2014 3:20pm Luke Madden

The 2014 Citroen C1 goes on sale in July after making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Citroen has announced the new C1 will be priced from £8,245 when it arrives in showrooms in July. Three trim levels, two engine options and a new Airscape version with a retractable fabric roof are available on the new French city car.

Trim options are made up of Touch, Feel and Flair, with the range kicking off with the C1 Touch VTi 68 manual three-door (£8,245). Entry-level Touch trim features kit such as ABS, remote central locking, electric front windows, six airbags, MP3 compatibility, ESP, a USB socket and LED daytime running lights.

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Mid-range Feel (£9,495) adds air conditioning, DAB digital radio, seven-inch Touch Drive interface, steering mounted controls, along with body coloured door mirrors and door handles. Range-topping Flair (£10,185) features all of that, plus sports 15-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, a leather steering wheel and dark tinted rear windows.

Optional extras include automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights, keyless entry and start, plus various interior colour packs. The new Airscape model adds £850 to the price tag but is only available in Feel and Flair trim levels. The fabric roof is offered in three colours, black, grey and sunrise red.

Power is provided by two latest-generation petrol engines, a 68bhp or 82bhp 1.0-litre VTi motor, available with a five-speed manual gearbox. The former is also offered with a five-speed clutchless Efficient Tronic Gearbox (ETG).

Citroen C1 2014: styling

The bold new Citroen C1 was revealed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

As before, it’s based on the same underpinnings, and built in the same factory, as sister city cars from Peugeot and Toyota. Distinctive styling will set the models apart, and the Citroen looks to be braver in its design than the new Peugeot 108 but not quite as bold as the X-fronted Toyota Aygo – both of which also appeared at Geneva.

The Citroen C1 borrows upright LED running lamps from the DS3, narrow lights from the C4 Cactus and big, round headlamps that look similar to those on the Nissan Juke.

The C1 will be available as a three or five-door, or as a new Airscape model with a peel-back roof – with the soft-top coming in red, black or grey. Fixed-roof cars will be offered in a choice of eight paint finishes, with a contrasting roof option.

The newcomer is only a fraction longer than the car it replaces, at 3.46 metres long, but Citroen is saying it has space for four adults and a 196-litre boot – that’s 57 litres more than the old car.

The newcomer is also lighter than many of its rivals, tipping the scales at 840kg. When powered by the 82bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine, it can go from 0-60mph in 11 seconds and return 60mpg. There’s a 68bhp engine, too, plus an optional five-speed auto box.

A range of new technology includes a seven-inch touchscreen, featuring Mirror Screen. This essentially allows drivers to control certain smartphone apps through the car, rather than their mobile. Heated seats, keyless go and a reversing camera will also be available.

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Too much DS3 here. If Citroen aren't careful they could end up devaluing what has been their most successful range of vehicles for years. The wrapped A-pillar and 3D-effect rear lights (albeit less successful versions) are two big things borrowed from the DS3. It doesn't look bad overall but it's not quite as cohesive as Citroen's most recent unveilings, thinking especially of the C4 Cactus.

It's a bit Fiat 500ish for my eyes. I hope Dongfeng know what they are doing.

Very smart as you expect from PSA these days. A refreshing design when compared to the Up! and its siblings.

Why to car makers make a car that is different and stands out, then when they make a replacement model just design it to sit in alongside other cars and look the same?

Yeah, not particularly keen on the front-end lighting arrangement,but after the mildly pitiful 108, I'll take it!

Nothing 'bold' about it, just another small car. Does it have full post code integration for the satnav I wonder? Didn't think so ... Ho-hum ...

I like it, I like the Juke style lights on such a small car and the canvas roof is great. We need more cars that look different instead of the usual VW group clones etc. The Fiat 500 is nice and different and the VW up! is nice too but the seat and skoda are too alike (as were the prev C1 and 107). more variety for us to choose from. Vive la difference!

Dong Feng like you say are just 14% of the company, it doesn't make PSA chinese, and it doesn't make them decide everything.

C1 like any French tat; poor dealer network, poorly finished, poor components, poor reliability, poor depreciation, purchased by poor people. all in all it's a bit poor... but either way you look at it smart is not a word I would use to describe it! Clearly the customers either didn't test drive anything better or didn't realize Kia and Hyundai can offer better build quality for similar money!

I agree with you, I'm very fed up with Audi, VW, Skoda clones too and many other Asian and Euro boxes. But I do not believe Citroen, indeed the PSA group is the answer!

Well if you had one you would know. The 107 and C1 were mainly made from Toyota parts, i had a 107 and it was a great car loved it and would get another. Well built reliable and got £4250 back when i sold it after 5 years! I only paid £6,750 as it was a pre-reg, i think that is a great return on a great car. Think the new C1 and 108 will be more of the same but better looking. bring it on.
As while i'm here - it seems to be only peugeot and citroen that are making cars that look different the euro boxes and kia/hyundai gang are clones and just dull

You don't need full post code to get you where you want to go, 4 digit post code will get you to the street and the area of the street you want and if you can't work out the number from there you should not be let out alone.

No. A colleague has a Renault with five digits, and she has to complete the input by adding the street and number manually. For houses in the country - forget it. It takes forever. Fine if you are an occasional user, but if you need to locate a dozen places accurately, at night, you need accurate seven digit inputting that takes you to the front door. Garmin and TomTom have this facility and Citroen will have it too next year, as they have done a deal with TomTom, like Fiat, Mazda etc.. But at the moment their system is clunky and not properly adequate for regular use in the UK. .

Poor comment.

Very good value if those prices/trimmings are anything to go by. DAB radio on the mid-range model is impressive, and a reversing camera on the top version. Should be good competition for the Up/Citigo/Mii siblings, none of which feature the steering mounted controls which I think are still a necessity even with these touch-screens appearing on the market.

Like GregM77, I also had an Aygo and it was absolutely magnificent. Hardly depreciated at all and nor do the French pair. I think your view of French cars is extremely outdated; they are on a level playing field with any other make nowadays. Owning a Citroen, Skoda and Fiat at the same time, the Skoda has been the least reliable of the three, with neither the Fiat or Citroen suffering any mechanical faults. The Skoddy is a great car, but I think you've got to be prepared for any car to have its share of problems. It is no longer manufacturer-specific. Sure, the Korean brands have really upped their game, but they aren't necessarily constantly better than their equivalent French models.

And your comment about Citroens being bought by 'poor people' is quite disrespectful both to Citroen owners and the less well-off in society. Joke or not, watch what you say online!

Agree with the fussy lights, otherwise looks OK, if no visual step on from the existing car, which I like very much.

Have to agree not a patch on the Cactus, which is the most refreshing car design for quite a while.