What is the best first car? – 3. Citroen C1

If you’re looking for a first car that stands out from the crowd, the Citroen C1 could be the ideal choice. Citroen is known for their quirky and unique styling which challenges the norm of car design, and the C1 is certainly no exception. Its dynamic lines and cheeky gaze give the car a youthful and fun look. 

Available as both a three and five-door, it is a versatile little vehicle which will transport you around town in style. The three-door is ideal for younger drivers who won’t regularly make use of the rear seats and want the slightly sportier coupe-esque look gained from lack of rear doors. However, anyone who regularly needs to carry more than one passenger is best opting for a five-door model which is far more practical.  

If you’re looking for something a bit different the Citroen C1 Airspace versions are worth looking at. This soft top version adds a new dynamic to the C1 and allows you to enjoy an open-top motoring experience. While the option of bi-tone colour combos means you can make your mark on the car. 

A joy to drive

First-time car owners will be delighted to learn that the Citroen C1 is a doddle to manoeuvre. Thanks to light steering you’ll have no problems pulling into and out of the tightest parking spaces. While the soft suspension soaks up any bumps or imperfections in the road for a smoother and more enjoyable ride.

A vibrant look

Citroen’s quirkiness isn’t limited to the exterior, with the interior gaining character through the bright plastics trims on the multimedia surround, the air vent trims and the gear lever surround. So if you like your car with a pop of colour, the C1 is a solid choice. 

While the front offers plenty of space for the driver and the front passenger, the rear passenger compartment is slightly more cramped - but let’s face it this could be said of any compact city car. However, it is worth bearing in mind that in the C1, Citroen has done away with proper rear windows with the rear passengers getting only pop-open rear windows. 

The boot is most suited to a few bags of shopping or a weekend bag, however, thanks to the split folding rear seats you can open it up to offer 780-litres, making it the ideal space for all of your stuff on trips to and from Uni - for example.

There are plenty of storage compartments in the cabin like cup holders, a centre storage tray, door boxes and a decent sized glovebox. So you'll have no problems finding a handy storage place for all of your essentials.

Find the right Citroen C1 for your requirements

A range of different trim options ensures finding a Citroen C1 that is equipped for your driving habits is a doddle. Entry-level models come with a basic spec including remote central locking, electric front windows and a two-speaker MP3 stereo. It’s all you really need but if you want something with more connectivity you are better progressing up the trim levels to gain a seven-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity. This is alongside air-conditioning and a DAB radio.  

You can choose from a range of petrol engines which are easy to drive and offer enough power for those looking for their first vehicle. The 1.2-litre petrol offers a bit more oomph than the other options so is the better choice if you will be heading out on longer journeys or motorways stretches with some regularity. 

Is the Citroen C1 a safe first car?

If you’re fairly new to driving it’s reassuring to know that your car is packed with the latest safety technology. Luckily with the C1, you get a whole host of safety equipment. Standard features include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic braking assistance and electronic stability control which will help to keep you on course if the wheels lose grip. While newer models gain more advanced equipment like Active City Braking, which automatically applies the brakes when you get too close to the car in front and Lane Departure Warning which alerts you if you stray over road lines. While a speed limiter and tyre pressure monitor system, means you can motor on with less worry. 

When you get your first car, heading out without somebody else in the car can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially during those tricky manoeuvres like hill-starts. Luckily the Citroen C1 comes with a hill-hold assist system which will keep your car from rolling back when the handbrake isn’t on. It’s just another reason why the C1 makes a great first car.

Affordability makes the Citroen C1 one of the best first cars

No version of the C1 emits more than 99g/km CO2 with fuel economy being equally impressive. Our pick of the engines, the 1.2-litre petrol should return a claimed 65.7mpg. 

As new the Citroen C1 comes with a fairly standard three-year or 60,000-mile warranty, but this should offer new drivers the reassurance that if anything goes wrong they will still be covered. 

Servicing is another cost to consider, however, Citroen servicing costs are fairly competitive. On top of that, Citroen offers a number of service packages which can help you spread the cost - a great plus, for those new to driving. 

Find out why Citroen Simply Drive is a great option for new drivers looking for a C1?

The Citroen C1 is available new under Citroen’s Simply Drive Scheme, which rolls all motoring costs, other than fuel, into one. So you can get a brand new car, insurance, road tax and servicing for three years, all for one affordable monthly payment. It’s an affordable and hassle-free way to get behind the wheel of a brand new vehicle. The only real drawback is that young drivers will need to have a telematics box fitted to be covered on the insurance, however, this is becoming the case on most young driver insurance policies, so should come as no real hardship. 

If you think the Citroen C1 sounds like the ideal first car for you, then why not take a look at our current stock of new, nearly new and used Citroen C1 stock.

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