What is Citroen SimplyDrive?

Pay for your finance, insurance, servicing and breakdown cover in one single instalment: all the details on Citroen SimplyDrive

BuyaCar team
Jan 7, 2019
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Citroen SimplyDrive allows you to pay for a brand new car, with insurance, tax, servicing, and roadside assistance all taken care of with one payment. All you need to do is pay for fuel.

It works in a similar way to other just add fuel deals, also known as fuel and go, and is available on four brand new Citroen models, inlcuding the C1 city car, family-sized C3, rugged C3 Aircross crossover, and the larger still C4 Cactus.

The agreement can cut the cost of motoring for young drivers in particular, because insurance is included as part of the price. Teenage drivers will need to have a black box fitted to their car, which will monitor the safety of their driving. Older drivers may be required to have one too if they don't have two years of no-claims bonus.

Finance is based on a Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) arrangement and typically runs for three years. At the end, you can hand the car back with nothing more to pay, or pay a lump sum to own the vehicle. Depending on its value, you may also be able to trade the car in with any manufacturer for a different model.

Because SimplyDrive is restricted to brand new cars, it's a relatively expensive arrangement; you'll almost certainly spend less by choosing a used car. You may be able to create a type of used car fuel and go deal, by extending your finance to cover your first year's insurance and tax.

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Nearly new & used cars with standard finance

 

Cars available with Citroen SimplyDrive

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How Citroen SimplyDrive works

SimplyDrive: the good

✔ Easy to budget with single monthly payment
✔ Fixed insurance costs (unless circumstances change)
✔ Can offer good value for young drivers
✔ Large choice of Citroens

SimplyDrive: the not-so-good

 Limited to Citroen models
Requires no-claims history or black box to monitor driving
 Can't shop for cheaper insurance or breakdown cover
 Save driving doesn't cut insurance costs

    

Citroen SimplyDrive for young drivers

If you’re aged between 18 and 20, have had your driving licence for less than two years, or don’t have two years’ no claims bonus, then you’ll need to have a black box fitted to your SimplyDrive car. This will monitor how you’re driving.

The technology, which is known as telematics, records your speed, the roads that you’re travelling on and how quickly you brake and accelerate. Your performance is ranked out of 100. Your score has to remain above a threshold set by Citroen. If it falls below, then you’ll be sent a formal warning. Receive four of those in a year, and your insurance policy will be cancelled.

The minimum age for the scheme is 18. Drivers under 21 are limited to certain models and smaller engines if they want to use SimplyDrive.

        

How much does Citroen SimplyDrive cost?

It all depends on the car that you’re looking at and your circumstances - particularly your age, which will affect your insurance payments.

For example, an 18-year-old living in Cheshire can take out a SimplyDrive agreement on a small Citroen C1 (below), which has relatively cheap monthly finance payments. However, the insurance part of the agreement costs £136 per month, taking the total monthly payment to £325.

For a 23-year-old with two years’ no claims discount, the insurance element drops to £63 a month, bringing monthly payments down to £252.

The exact quote will depend on your postcode, the length of the agreement, mileage limit and deposit that you have.

     

Is Citroen SimplyDrive good value?

As long as you want a Citroen, and the insurance part of the deal is cheaper than you would be able to obtain elsewhere, then SimplyDrive can be good value.

The price tends to increase sharply if you choose a car with anything but the smallest engine. That's because you face a double whammy of higher insurance costs, plus the extra finance payments for a more expensive model - just as you would if you bought these items separately.

Cars bought on a SimplyDrive deal won’t necessarily be available with the very best Citroen discounts, so it’s worth comparing against the cost of financing a car and paying for the insurance separately, along with all of the other elements.

If you’re set on a single monthly payment that includes everything except fuel, then you can also look at other just add fuel deals, operated by Citroen’s sister companies DS and Peugeot.

    

Requirements for Citroen SimplyDrive

As with any other type of finance, you will have to pass a credit check. There’s also a list of requirements that are designed to attract safe drivers.

  • Drivers aged between 18 and 24 cannot have had any driving convictions in the past five years, or any fault or theft claim in the previous three.
  • Young drivers must also have a black box fitted, as does anyone without a two year no claims discount.
  • Drivers aged 25 and over cannot have had more than one minor conviction (and no serious driving convictions) in the previous five years and must have held their driving licence for at least two years.
  • There is also an upper age limit: you have to be under 75 to qualify.

   

Can I end a SimplyDrive agreement early?

Yes. If you decide that you would prefer to pay for insurance, breakdown cover or servicing separately, then you can remove one or more of these elements during the agreement without penalty. These are pay-as-you-go services so if you stop making the payments, you’ll need to make your own arrangements, but you won’t owe anything.

However, if you want to hand the car back or buy it before the end of the agreed term, then you’ll need to ask Citroen for a settlement figure. This will be the total amount that you’ll need to pay in order to end the agreement. You’ll save on some interest payments but will usually have to pay an additional fee. Towards the end of the agreement, the settlement fee may not apply.

          

Cars available with Citroen SimplyDrive

All of the cars offered as part of a SimplyDrive deal are listed below. You can configure a new Citroen that’s on the list, and then request to buy it under this arrangement.

The example quotes are for an 18 and a 30-year-old, both living in Cheshire, on a three-year agreement with a £1,000 deposit and 8,000 annual mileage limit

Citroen C1 deals on SimplyDrive

Typical quote Citroen C1 Feel 1.0 VTi 3dr
Age 18 £325 per month Age 30 £264

Available if you're 18 or over, Citroen’s little city car is designed to appeal to young drivers, with its funky styling and models that are classified in low insurance groups. There’s the option of a full-length fabric sunroof too.

Although you’re likely to put up with the cramped rear seats if your only other option is the bus, the C1 isn’t the best choice for carrying lots of passengers because of its small dimensions and rear windows that pop out, rather than wind down.
Citroen C1 buying guide

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Nearly new & used cars with standard finance

 

Citroen C3 deals on SimplyDrive

Typical quote Citroen C3 Flair 1.2 PureTech 82hp
Age 18 £389 Age 30 £328

Also available to drivers aged 18 or over, Citroen’s C3 offers more space than the C1, so you’ll be able to fit five teenagers in, as long as everyone in the back squeezes up.

Pick a top-of-the-range Flair model and it will come with a built-in dashboard camera to complement the black box that young drivers will need to have fitted, which will give you a full range of evidence if you are involved in an accident.
Citroen C3 buying guide

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Nearly new & used cars with standard finance

 

Citroen C4 Cactus deals on SimplyDrive

Typical quote Citroen C4 Cactus Feel 1.2 PureTech 110hp
Age 18 £456 Age 30 £388

For teenagers who dream of a soft, comfortable car that’s extremely practical, the C4 Cactus is ideal, although few will be able to afford the price; it's a better option for families who are looking for a spacious new car for a single monthly fee.
Citroen C4 Cactus buying guide

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Nearly new & used cars with standard finance

 

Citroen C3 Aircross deals on SimplyDrive

Typical quote Citroen C3 Aircross Flair 1.2 PureTech 82hp
Age 18 £431 Age 30 £370

It's not just the looks of the Citroen C3 Aircross that are striking. It's spacious and has an enormous boot for a car of its size - a small crossover, which combines the low running costs and comfort of a hatchback with the extra height of an off-roader.

It's comfortable and good value, whether you're looking at a SimplyDrive deal or a nearly new model.
Citroen C3 Aircross buying guide

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Nearly new & used cars with standard finance

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