2007 Citroen C1 Vibe 1 litre 12v 3 cylinder from UK and Ireland

Summary:

The future of cheap and fun motoring

Faults:

Slight rattle from dash on crumbly road surfaces. Will get that addressed at its first service.

General Comments:

We got the car brand new for £5,795. The Road tax is £35 per year, and a full tank (current cost about £35 to fill) gets us 400 miles!

Nimble handling, but bumpy ride. Lovely steering feel, and lots of grip. The economy is amazing, and the car is brimming with character, as its growly little engine pulls the car really well, and makes the car seem faster that it is.

It cruises long distances no problems, it only seems bad if you are used to a Bentley, but I have only owned cheap cars so this is good in comparison!!

Build quality for the price is exceptional, and the safety features are very good indeed, as the car has 4 star NCAP, and stability control.

The boot is tiny, but I don't need a big boot.

The size of the car is great for parking.

Overall, this car is absolutely brilliant in every way. The little problems such as the ride quality and rattling dash are forgiven when you have to fill her up, or pay for road tax!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2008

2007 Citroen C1 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Nippy, small, but a few problems

Faults:

The horn goes off when pulling away from lights and reversing!! This is the biggest heartache for me!

General Comments:

I got the Citroen C1 for 2 weeks as a courtesy car, and am glad that I got to give it back and get my own car back. Am not going to totally slag the car off, but it does have a lot of bad points, but some good ones too.

This is a very basic car, and was designed for town driving and cheapness, but I would still expect some basic equipment that other manufacturers offer, like electric windows and central locking, as it does get annoying having to use the key all the time, but you could leave the car unlocked cause at the end of the day; who is going to steal it?

Driving the car isn’t really that bad to tell the truth, as it’s a lot faster than what I expected it would be have been, and really nippy around town, but personally I don’t feel safe driving around country roads.

I also found a problem with the horn going off when reversing or pulling away at traffic lights.

The gearbox isn’t great either, as sometimes you do seem to select 3rd instead of 1st, as the gear stick floats around a bit (Well a lot).

Other than that really, it’s a fun car to drive, with probably more bad points than good, but that’s just my views. I could see this car being used by the older generation for the weekly run to the shops, and the odd Sunday trip, as it is very cheap to run, and so easy to drive, with some extra power when needed out of the 3 cylinder 1000cc engine.

The price the garage said for me to tell my insurance company was £7500, and that does seem a lot of money for the size of car. If you really like this car, then wait 1 year and you would probably get it half price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd July, 2007

26th Jul 2007, 05:52

I think this review is really good as I have had some of the same problems. It does seem to be the type of car for the older folk, but could also be good for the younger too.

I have found the horn to be very sensitive too.

29th Jan 2008, 12:24

Rubbish review. You had the car for how long? We have owned ours for nearly a year, its great, and cost us £5750 brand new. It's a basic car, and that what we expect for so little money!