At last! Citroen's C1 has hit UK roads, and at £6,495 the three-door 1.0-litre petrol Vibe is the cheapest of the new family of PSA-Toyota-built city cars.
The C1 has maintained Citroen's value reputation, undercutting its Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo brothers by some margin. The base Vibe lacks a few niceties, but if you want a great car for little outlay, the C1 is difficult to beat.
At last! Citroen's C1 has hit UK roads, and at £6,495 the three-door 1.0-litre petrol Vibe is the cheapest of the new family of PSA-Toyota-built city cars. Meanwhile, the five-door version is £500 less than Peugeot's 107, at £6,845. Standard kit is basic, but includes power-steering, twin airbags, electronic brakeforce distribution and stability control, as well as a CD player.
The Rhythm model driven here adds electric front windows, side airbags, velour seats, a rev counter and remote central locking, plus 50/50 split-fold seats. At £7,345, it is identically priced and equipped to the 107 Urban. The C1's 1.0-litre petrol engine sounds good and performs well; a 55bhp 1.4-litre HDi diesel arrives in a few weeks.
The driving experience is identical to the excellent Peugeot/Toyota Aygo, yet the C1's low price sets it apart. But has the Citroen got what it takes to be crowned top of the class? It is a tough question to answer; check out our exclusive 107 drive for more.