Double European Car of the Year nomination for Citroen

Two of Citroen’s newest additions have been nominated for the European Car of the Year Awards.

Citroen C1

The latest version of the popular C1 city car and the new C4 Cactus crossover have both received nominations for the accolades.

This comes just days after the C1 was named the most reliable car  up to three years old in this year’s Which? Car Guide.

Having sold more than 760,000 units since its launch nine years ago, the C1 is one of the most popular cars in its class in the UK. According to the carmaker, the latest version of the supermini builds on Citroen’s reputation for reliable, accessible and enjoyable driving.

Its latest iteration has been updated with a fresh and funky new look and is also now available in both three and five-door versions for the first time, as well as in a new open-top format, the C1Airscape.

Standard features on the new model include electric windows, LED daytime running lights and an audio system with USB and MP3 connectivity.

It’s powered by a choice of two petrol engines, a 68bhp 1.0-litre VTi or an 82bhp 1.2-litre version. The more frugal engine can be specified with either a five-speed manual or an automatic gearbox, while the 82bhp version is available in manual format only.

C4 Cactus

The C4 Cactus represents one of the boldest moves by Citroen in recent years and made its debut  at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Aiming to provide an alternative to other popular crossovers, the two biggest attractions of the Cactus are its bold exterior styling and low running costs.

It comes with highly customisable options, including a choice of colour on the distinctive exterior air bumps, which provide extra cushioning in the event of an impact.

Like the C1, it also comes with a wide range of high-grade equipment as standard, including automatic air conditioning, SatNav, Bluetooth and various media features and many of the car’s functions can be operated via a seven-inch touchscreen.

Its wide range safety features include a passenger airbag in the roof, a reversing camera and static cornering lights which add a beam of light to illuminate the inside of bends.

Engine choices for the Citroen C4 Cactus comprise of four units from launch, including two petrol options and two 1.6-litre diesels.

The petrol engines include one naturally aspirated unit and another turbocharged, delivering 81bhp and 109bhp respectively, while the diesels offer outputs of 91bhp or 99bhp, and the most efficient figures in the range.

With a diesel, the C4 Cactus can return an official fuel consumption figure of up to 91.1mpg, while CO2 emissions are at just 82g/km.

Pricing for the new C1 beginning at £8,245, while the C4 Cactus has a starting price of £12,990.