Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 11.0 - 12.6 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 51.6 - 58.9 mpg

Small (less than 3.5-metres long), light (less than one tonne) and powered by a tiny engine, Citroen C1 running costs promise to be remarkably low. The VTi 72 engine returns up to 57.2mpg when fitted with the manual gearbox, while ETG piloted manual (automatic) models claim up to 55.0mpg. 

The C1 has always been popular with younger drivers, and this new model will be no exception, as it too will sit in a low insurance band – regardless of trim or engine choice.

With just one engine option, the C1's CO2 emissions range from 93-96g/km. That depends on the gearbox choice, with manual versions emitting just a little less than the ETG automatic option. 

Since the first model went on sale back in 2005 there have been relatively few recalls for that car and we’d expect the Citroen C1 reliability to be similarly well regarded.

After all the C1 might wear a Citroen badge on its nose, but it’s built at the same factory as the Peugeot 108 and more importantly the Toyota Aygo. And it’s the Japanese firm that is responsible for the engineering of the project, save for the bodywork, so you can expect at least a modicum of famed Japanese reliability.

The cabin of the C1 is basic but well put together, and while it’s not filled with soft-touch plastics or lush fabrics that does at least mean it should be relatively hardwearing – especially for those with children.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £150
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 6 - 13
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