Driving around Joburg in a heavy summer storm can be pretty hazardous, even in a large SUV. So when I was handed the keys of the teeny Citröen C1 on Tuesday and the lightning split the sky 20 minutes later, I paled. In fact the flood of rain got so heavy, that my hand reached out for Uber on speed dial. But little should I have worried because my mini (and yes she has a bit of an echo of one ) steed came through Noah’s tea party, shining. I know it’s weird to talk about a car’s wind screen wipers but bear with me. A single blade sweeps across the front widescreen with such precision and effectiveness, that I found myself simply driving aimlessly in the rain , and stopping in side streets to watch this poetry in motion. But that’s not all she’s got. First debuted in March 2014 at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , C1 landed in the latter part of last year on local shores and immediately made a mark here because of her cute, stunning looks and respectable price and performance.
There’s a lot of improvement from her predecessor in the aesthetic department – she’s far more funky and colour coded and you know how important colour is for us girls.
There are eight body colours to confuse yourself with, including black, grey, brown white, blue and red and I have to say for me it’s a toss up between the black and red. Her wheels are super sexy too, coming in 14-inch or 15-inch wheel covers and 15-inch alloys.
The colour theme goes further with funky interiors like door panel colored inserts, giving the C1 a totally unique character – perfect for a modern urban fashionista. I have to say, although I really loved the wipers, the reverse park camera came in a very close second. HI teched and specced, the French just know how to make a girl happy.
By the way, if you want to actually know how the car will DRIVE, there’s a choice of two petrol engines including a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol VTi 82 unit with 61 kW/118 Nm and a claimed fuel consumption of 4.3-litres/100km and 99g/km CO2 emissions.
In a highly competitive entry level class, at logger heads with the Kia Picanto and Peugeot 107, I think the C1’s wipers decide it for me.