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New Citroen C1 1.0i VT

The Citroen C1 1.0i VT has split the room in half.

By Stephen Turvil
Jan 12, 2012
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The Citroen C1 1.0i VT has split the room in half. Fifty per-cent of people love it – the rest say it is too simplistic. As such, critics argue that its three-cylinder 68bhp engine is underwhelming, and – as it takes 13.7 seconds to propel the C1 to 62mph – leaves it craving power. However, others believe that a 'city car' is supposed to have a pint-sized engine. They say the benefits are that the C1 averages 62.8mpg, and can be taxed for £20. And who cares if the performance is modest? The C1 spends its life in supermarket car parks – and nobody needs to 'race' shopping trolleys, baby buggies, and kids on bikes.

That brings us to equipment. The new Citroen C1 1.0i VT - which is the entry-level trim - has: power steering, an engine immobiliser, twin air-bags, and a CD player. Critics scoff at this basic specification claiming it is reminiscent of the early nineties. The C1's champions, however, believe this run-around lacks 'unnecessary' gadgets that make the place look untidy – then break – then empty your bank account. However, most motorists agree that this city car is easy to drive, fairly attractive, and decent value. It only costs £8,695, after all. Fifty per-cent of my friends may dislike this Citroen – but everyone loves the price tag.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jan 12, 2012