Following the launch of the original C1 back in 2005, the car has certainly gained plenty of fans, with more than 760,000 models sold around the world. This new iteration takes the C1 on to a new level, offering new styling, a precise and smooth ride, lots of technological features and optimised running costs thanks to a range of highly-efficient engines. The car is available as either a three-door or a five-door, and owners will also have to choose between the hatchback model and a soft-top Airscape version, which comes with a peel-back roof in grey, red or black.
The exterior styling of the new Citroën C1 is if anything more bold and daring than that of its predecessor. While the round headlights and dynamic lines have remained, the car now has a shorter bonnet a large, restyled black grille, along with body-coloured door mirrors and handles. Vertical strips of LED daytime running lights are now present to give the car a distinctive look as well as increase safety on the road. At the rear of the vehicle, a glass tailgate and square light clusters help to create a 3D effect. There are eight different colour schemes to choose from, with two-tone colour options available for owners who really want to personalise their new C1.
The interior of the car has also been well thought through, with comfort and style clearly high on the designers' list of priorities. The cabin is bright, airy and fun, something highlighted by the coloured features and inserts which are to be found on the dashboard, air vent trims, the base of the gear stick and sections of the door panels. While the vehicle has been designed to be compact, the interior remains spacious, offering plenty of room for four adults to enjoy even long journeys in comfort. The practical nature of the C1 is highlighted further by the amount of load space available. The 196-litre boot is simple to access and load thanks to the rear design of the car. There is also a parcel shelf which folds out of the way when the boot is opened and lowers once again to cover up any items in the rear of the car. Carrying loads that are considerably larger than the weekly shop is certainly possible in the all-new Citroën C1 as once the rear seats have been folded out of the way, there is an impressive 780 litres of space to play with.
The addition of new technology is a major selling point of the revamped C1. At the heart of things is a seven-inch Touch Drive interface, which is the hub for controlling various functions including the car's audio system, the video player, connecting to smartphones and accessing the vehicle's onboard computer. Mirror Screen technology will also allow compatible smartphone owners to control their mobile via the touchscreen. As well as being right up-to-date, the C1's interface is surprisingly easy to navigate and master quickly. Additional technical features include a keyless entry and start system and a reversing camera which ensures squeezing into tight city centre parking spaces is a breeze.
As you would expect, safety is at the very heart of the new Citroën C1 and a range of features have been included as standard in order to protect driver and passengers. An automatic braking system is found across the range, as are front lateral and curtain airbags. Emergency Brake Assist technology, stability control and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution have been fitted to the C1, along with ISOFIX anchor points for children's car seats, which are located in the rear of the vehicle. Hill start assist also comes as standard with this model, ensuring take-offs on roads where the gradient is above 3 per cent are simple. The technology holds the vehicle in place following the release of the brake for an extra two seconds, giving the driver plenty of time to accelerate away smoothly.
Overall, driving the new C1 is effortless, with the new shorter bonnet making turning and tight manoeuvres simple. For many owners of this car, squeezing into tight parking spaces in the city and navigating through busy streets will be a common occurrence, making this model the ideal choice. Handling has been improved over the previous model by a reduction of 4kg in the weight of the rear axel. In addition, the car has been fitted with an anti-roll bar, a new suspension setup as well as new shock absorbers. The car's power steering helps to deliver a precise and smooth driving experience.
The entry-level drivetrain option is Citroën's e-VTi 68bhp Airdream engine, which comes with either a five-speed manual gearbox, or the firm's clutchless ETG (Efficient Tronic Gearbox), designed to offer smoother start-ups and enhanced drivability. Alternatively, there is the 1.2 litre, three-cylinder 82bhp petrol engine, which is capable of delivering a 0-60mph time of just 11 seconds, while also offering an impressive fuel consumption level of 60mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km. The low weight of the car, it's efficient engines and technological advances such as very low rolling resistance tyres, have combined to make the new C1 not only a pleasure to drive, but also highly affordable to run.
This is a car with a strong personality and the ability to take on whatever the city can throw at it. If you would like more information on the all-new Citroën C1, discuss our range of affordable finance options or to arrange a test drive and discover what it's really like to get behind the wheel of this exciting city runabout, please contact us on 0333 2220441 or visit www.pentagon-citroen.co.uk.
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