Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Should you buy one?

Yes. Small, good looking and cheap to run, the Citroen C1 is deservedly popular. Particular plus points are its tight turning circle and relatively comfortable ride. We like its cheeky personality, bright colours and how fun it is to drive – making it the perfect car for younger drivers or empty nesters who don’t need to haul luggage or people.

Against the Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo, it’s a slightly different story. We’d take the Citroen over Peugeot as it costs less money for what is effectively an identical car. The Toyota also costs more but comes with the reassurance of a longer warranty (10-years Toyota Relax, no less) which tips it in the favour of the Japanese-badged product.

Although it’s been around a while, it’s still up there with the best-in-class Volkswagen Up, although its residuals and image aren’t as strong as its German-badged rival. A good budget buy, but shop around for a great deal.

What we like

We like its comfortable ride and easy to use infotainment. Despite being low on power, it’s also great fun to drive. Also, if you buy one with the full-length sliding fabric sunroof you can experience wind-in-the-hair motoring for a very modest amount of money.

What we don’t like

The small boot and cramped rear seats are a disappointment, especially considering the Suzuki Ignis, which is a direct rival is so much roomier.

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