Upgrades for Citroen city car

  • French manufacturer updates entry level C1
  • Latest model emits 99g/km, making it free to tax
  • Due to arrive in April, prices to start at £9,000 (est.)

Citroen has revealed the latest version of its popular city car, the C1, which now comes with new looks and is claimed to offer cheaper running costs.

The new model is fitted with a three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 68bhp. Paired with a manual gearbox it will average a claimed 65.7mpg while emitting 99g/km of CO2, meaning that the car is free to tax and congestion charge exempt. It’s the first C1 to dip below the 100g/km of CO2 mark.

Buyers can specify the little city car with an automatic gearbox, called the Electronic Gearbox System (EGS). It comes with steering-wheel mounted paddles to change gears manually, if you want additional control. Economy is slightly dented by the automatic gearbox, which returns a slightly lower claimed average of 62.8mpg. Emissions of 103g/km of CO2 mean you’ll pay £20 tax per year.

There have also been upgrades for the steering settings and shock absorbers. These changes reputedly allow for increased agility and better ride comfort.

As well as the powertrain upgrades, there have been some aesthetic changes. There’s a new bumper with fog lights and LED running lights, which are a similar design to those found on the DS3 and C4 AIRCROSS

The manufacturer is also making a big song and dance about the new colours on offer. Buyers can pick from white, black, red and two different greys. There's also a redesigned steering wheel for EGS versions and some new upholstery trims available.

Little else has changed on the new model. It will be available as either a three-door or five-door model when it goes on sale. Boot space continues to be 139 litres with the seats in place, and up to 700 litres with the seats down.

The latest version of the Citroen C1 will go on sale in the UK in April, with prices expected to start at around £9,000.