From £7,365
Diesel makes little sense in a car that's already exceptionally frugal, particularly when it ruins refinement.

Our Verdict

Citroën C1
There's much to like about the C1, but it is too expensive against talented rivals

The Citroën C1 is the cheapest of the C1-107-Aygo triplets. The city car is cute, but noisy and basic

What’s new?

Citroen’s baby is the first of the C1/107/Aygo triplets to get an oil-burner – but then it is their own engine.

What’s it like?

Noisy. There’s no mistaking this diesel supermini for a petrol: there’s a proper old-school clatter at pretty much any speed. But aural intrusion aside, the engine works fine. There’s more torque than the three-cylinder petrol, which means it punts the diminutive C1 around town with relative ease.

Should I buy one?

petrol is already frugal, returning 61mpg on the combined cycle, which means the the diesel’s 69mpg figure look somewhat mediocre. Given the UK’s dearer diesel prices at the pump and the HDI’s higher list price, the diesel pay-off will take too long to recoup. For once, we’ll stick to the green pumps.

Jamie Corstorphine

 

Looking for a used Citroen C1 for sale? Visit Pistonheads Classifieds.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Car review
    23 September 2016
    Aston kicks off its ‘second century plan’ with an all-new turbo V12 grand tourer
  • Ford Ka+ 1.2 Ti-VCT 85
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    A rounded, refined and well-sorted bargain supermini – once you’re used to the confusing role redefinition imposed on the once-cheeky Ka
  •  Maserati Ghibli Diesel
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    Maserati releases another range of updates for its range best seller, the Ghibli. We've driven the diesel version, but there's little improvement on before
  • Tipo Front
    First Drive
    21 September 2016
    New Fiat Tipo offers impressive space and practicality for a reasonable price. We try the 1.6 diesel on the demanding roads of North Wales
  • Seat Ateca 1.4 TSI 150
    First Drive
    20 September 2016
    The Seat Ateca 1.4 TSI 150 makes perfect sense: it's spacious, tidy to drive for an SUV and cheap to run