What am I looking at?
This is the new range-topper for the Citroen C1 badge, the C1 Platinum. It’s part of a range trim, spec and price rejig to freshen up the model.
VTR and VTR+ models have been ditched, so the range now reads VT, Edition and Platinum.
Not much has changed on the VT specification save for a price adjustment, while the Edition model sports 14″ alloy wheels and a leather trimmed steering wheel with matching gear knob. Platinum gains unique body colours – Agrume Red (pictured), Carlinite Grey and Lipizzan White – and additional standard equipment like dark tinted rear windows, shiny black interior details, front fog lights and Bluetooth/USB connectivity.
On the Platinum grade models there’s also a standard “Look Pack” that adds a Carlinite Grey roof with colour-matched rear spoiler and door mirrors.
What powers it?
The engine is unchanged – a 1.0 petrol 3 cylinder producing 68hp. All models are rated at 99g/km CO2 (65.7mpg) and are free to tax, except the Platinum grade 5-door model when fitted with the new ETG automatic. This rates 104g/km CO2 (62.8mpg) for a 20 annual tax disc.
How much will it cost me?
The range starts at 8,095 for the base VT model, rising to 10,745 for the Platinum 5 door – with the automatic gearbox a 500 option on this top model only.
Sitting in insurance group 3, the C1 VT is one of the cheapest cars in Britain to insure, alongside the 0 VED rate. An average mileage fuel bill should be around 900 a year, so the C1 is one of the cheapest ownership experiences of any new car.
Cheap it may be, but it’s getting on a bit these days. With the VAG trio of Up, Mii and Citigo and a new Hyundai i10 on the roads soon, what we really need is an all-new C1, rather than a gently tweaked model.
In a line?
A dash of new life for
one of Britain’s best-value motors.