Citroën South Africa has launched a revised, updated version of its fun and funky C1 urban commuter. While both the Feel and the innovative Feel Airscape remain on offer, the two ultracompacts benefit from an advanced, lively 51kW 1,0-litre engine.
As before, the C1 Feel is a five-door hatchback, while its Feel Airscape sibling offers the additional appeal of an innovative fold-back canvas roof section that delivers the freedom of wind-in-the-hair motoring without the complexity of a full cabriolet hood.
The fresh, appealing styling also remains unchanged: compact dimensions, short overhangs, wide tracks and a generous wheelbase make for a runabout that’s wieldy and agile, has a turning circle of 10m, yet offers surprising interior space and practicality.
Despite a total length of only 3,47 metres, the five-door C1 offers seating for four, while folding the 50/50-split rear seat flat creates an incredible 780 litres of luggage space. A choice of bright exterior colours is offered with the introduction of Scarlet Red as new, while adding the ever popular Blue Lagoon hue to the C1 range. These colours along with the interior execution confirm the car’s youthful style.
Exterior highlights include colour-coded bumpers and door handles, striking 15-inch alloy wheels as standard, a gloss black grille with chromed logo, and a rear spoiler. In the case of the Feel Airscape, the canvas roof is finished in contrasting hues of red or black, with exterior mirrors to match.
Maximum power output is an eager 51 kW at 6 000 r/min, accompanied by a torque maximum of 96 Nm at 4 800 r/min – ample urge for a car that only weighs 915 kg. The engine delivers its urge to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.
But peppy dynamics are only part of the new C1 story. Fuel consumption for the combined cycle is pegged at an impressively economical 4,1 litres/100 km, dipping as low as 3,6 litres/100 km during open-road cruising.
The realigned, more affordable pricing of the updated Citroën C1 doesn’t mean that the French minicar is short of features – quite the opposite, in fact. For instance, the list of safety and security features is top flight: passive systems include six airbags (front/lateral/curtain), front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, IsoFix child seat tethers and head restraints for both front and rear occupants.
In active safety terms, the C1 offers ABS anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and emergency braking assistance (EBA), as well as electronic stability control (ESC) and Hill Assist. Remote central locking with integrated immobiliser, and tyre pressure monitoring, are also standard.
Comfort and convenience are comprehensively catered for. Headline items include fully automatic climate control air-conditioning, a four-speaker sound system incorporating USB and Bluetooth interfaces, a multifunction steering wheel, electric front windows and electric power steering. In the case of the Feel Airscape, the canvas roof is also electrically operated.
An extensive range of specially designed C1 accessories allows for individual customisation to suit personal taste and requirements. Accessories on offer include various styled alloy wheels, fog lamp trims, lateral protections strips, various floor mats, and more… see attached brochure for full list.