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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 3 - Citroën C1

Updated on September 30, 2008


Identical under the skin to the Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 107, this is one sweet car. If I could have any car in the world as my economical daily driver it would be the diesel version of this Citroën which returns an outrageous mileage figure of well over 80 MPG. And all this without any complex, expensive, fragile hybridization in sight, just one incredibly efficient and wonderful diesel engine. However, the diesel is significantly more expensive, so I'm sticking to the policy of comparing only the absolutely least expensive model in each range, which is a gasoline powered version. I have an emotional attachment to the Fiat Panda but if I have to be logical and level headed, the C1 has to be considered the undisputed class leader. When all factors are taken into consideration, there really is no other choice than the Citroën C1 which in my opinion is the best overall value quality car in the class. Sorry, Panda!


The Citroën C1 Hatchback 1.0i Vibe 3 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $9,660.21, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 998 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 98 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 13.7 seconds. The performance factor of 10.2 is average for its class. The Citroën C1 Hatchback 1.0i Vibe 3 Door returns 68.9 MPG in highway driving, 51.4 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 61.4. With a fuel tank capacity of 7.7 gallons, the car can travel 531 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 639 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Citroën C1 Hatchback 1.0i Vibe 3 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 85, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.


Citroën C1 Hatchback 1.0i Vibe 3 Door •





Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 3

Seats • Number of • 4

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 998 / 3

Valves • Number of • 12

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 67 / 6000

Torque (lb / ft) • 68

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3435

Overall Width (mm) • 1630

Overall Height (mm) • 1465

Front Seat Head Room (mm) • 952

Front Seat Leg Room (mm) • 1041

Rear Seat Head Room (mm) • 900

Rear Seat Knee Room (mm) • 618

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 130

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 712

Turning Radius (m) • 9.5

Curb Weight (kg) • 790


0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 13.7

Top speed (MPH) • 98



Alloy Rims / Wheels • Option Not Available

Metallic Exterior Paint • $375.00


Central Locking System • Option Not Available

Remote Locking System • Option Not Available

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Option Not Available

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Standard Equipment

Automatic Traction Control • Option Not Available

Electronic Stability System • Option Not Available

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Secure Spare Tire • Standard Equipment

Window Etching • Standard Equipment

Side Impact Safety Bars • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • Option Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Parking Sensor For Front • Option Not Available


Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Power Steering • Standard Equipment

Air Conditioning • Option Not Available

Split Folding Rear Seats • Option Not Available

Power Front Windows • Option Not Available

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available


Radio With RDS • Standard Equipment

iPod / MP3 Connector • Option Not Available

Bluetooth Enabled • Option Not Available

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available


City MPG • 51.4

Highway MPG • 68.9

Combined MPG • 61.4

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 7.7

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 109

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $16.00

Eco Rating • B

Insurability Grouping • 1

Estimated Average Insurance • $273.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 37.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $196.00

Maintenance Factor • 24

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $810.00

Maintenance Intervals • 6,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi


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      Another 2 cents 6 years ago

      1. Start demanding fuel efficient cars - buy only TDI (Turbo diesel injector) Golf, Passat or Jetta - the only cars available on the NAmerican market that are 55-65mpg (Diesel only, gasoline version is far less efficient).

      2. See if there is a legal way to get a citroen c1 or similar from europe - ask your laywer - I know that if car considered an collection item its allowed to own and use.

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      My 2 cents 6 years ago

      1. The Euro/USA standards difference is a cause, no a reason.

      2. Reason is its highly profitable to sell fuel.

      3. There is an interesting economic effect - access to more resource-efficient process cause more (!) usage and as a result - faster (!) resource depletition. Simpy put knowing that you shiny new citroen pulls out 65 mpg makes you drive to Vegas 3 times more frequently.

      4. Once gas price will seriusly harm fuel sales you'll see 65mpg cars for sale (and not european but american made) in no time. And all standards difference will be eliminated.