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Citroen C2 (2008-10)

Overall Rating

3 stars

Citroen's upgraded C2 has minor design changes and 7 engines from it's C3 sister.

For
  • Improved quality materials inside
  • More choice of trims and equipment upgrade as standard
  • Good engines
Against
  • Mis-match styling
  • Two moulded seats in rear limit third person
  • Gear change could be smoother
Road Test

Citroen's attempts to make the C2 is a bit smarter include styling upgrades of a new front radiator grille and one-piece bumper give it an odd shape that looks like it's made up of two other Citroen models fused together. It easily seats four people comfortably and the rear seats are moulded as two seats so doesn't pretend to accommodate three in the back. Inside better quality material has been used and four new trims have been introduced Vibe, Rhythm, VTR and VTS with equipment upgrades such as MP3-compatible stereo even on the entry level Vibe. Seven engines borrowed from the C3 - the entry level 1.1-litre with 61bhp. Mid-range 1.4-litre 75bhp and 110bhp. Top of the range VTS with 1.4-litre 125bhp which offers 0-60mph in 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 126mph. The 1.4i 90bhp 16-valve available with Stop and Start technology that switches the engine off when the vehicle is stopped and re-starts again when ready to move, to save fuel. Diesels are the 1.4-litre HDi which offers 0-60mph in 9.4 seconds and 1.6-litre 110bhp. The VTS C2 takes over from the Saxo and offers performance, bodykit styling and 16" alloy wheels. Since its launch in 2003 the C2 has been a popular car for ex-Saxo enthusiasts and budget car buyers, the subtle changes to the 2008 version should ensure it's popularity continues.

Need To Know

Best Models: 1.4 HDi VTS offers best economy plus top of the range trim


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Citroen C2 (2008-10)
Star Ratings

Handling

3 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

3 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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