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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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73 reader reviews for Citroën C2 Hatchback.
  • 1.4i Furio 3dr

    Natalie Skinner Date: 11/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am completely appalled with this car! I have had it not even a year and have taken it back eight times already!

    I have so far had problems with (and this may take some time) the brakes (ongoing), the bumper, the front and rear windscreen wash, the passenger's electric window wasn't working, and the key lock (remote control) doesn't work when it is really cold.

    Basically I have had nothing but unhelpful people from the garage and Citreon UK itself (what a waste of time they are). The garage owner had me in tears at one point as he wasn't going to fix my car because "it wasn't his problem!" and he "doesn't have to do anything he doesn't want to do!". And after they hadn't correctly booked a courtesy car, I was told to "walk home" (only 12 miles so it wasn't far!!).

    I wish that I never bought this car and do not feel one bit safe in it! The sooner I get rid of it the better.

    I am so disappointed and will never buy a Citroen again. The customer service and the car has been a complete waste of time and effort and I have frequently told them to just put it in the crusher.

    The arguments I have had to get the car in for it to be looked at, let alone to actually be worked on by a machanic, have been a task in themselves! Please could you give me some advice as to how I can give them the keys back and walk away from the finance deal as I think that I am nearly at breaking point!

    Please help!

  • 1.4i Furio Sensodrive 3dr

    Joanne Clark Date: 09/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Had some problems to start with, the gears were not selecting right, and after arguing with the garage that something was wrong (they didn't seem to think so), eventually got fixed. It is a super little sporty car.

  • 1.6i VTS 3dr

    Richard Yates , West Yorkshire . Date: 19/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    When you consider that the C2 VTS can be had brand new for well under £11,000 from keen Citroen dealers, it makes a very sound warm-hot hatch extremely good value.

    Where else can you get an 8.5sec to 60mph car, loaded with equipment, with strikng looks, good image and low running costs for 11k?

    The steering may not be as engaging as that offered by earlier PSA hatches like the 205 GTi and Citroen Saxo VTS, but the car makes up for its slight dynamic compromises by offering a more solid build quality and high levels of occupant safety.

    However, the C2 VTS will still show a clean pair of heels to more expensive cars as a the Yaris T-Sport, Mk4 Golf GTi and Mini Cooper, and even keeps up with the Fiesta ST - impressive considering the 25bhp+ power difference and £1000-£2000 price differential.

    Body roll is minimal thanks to its stiffened suspension and improved anti-roll bars (over the GT and VTR), and the steering is tighter thanks to the quicker rack (personally, I think the steering is better weighted than the Saxo's). Put trust in the chassis and the car it is a genuinely quick car to cross country in. The C2VTS is a car with a wealth of personality will always put a smile on your face.

  • 1.6i VTR Sensodrive 3dr

    Andrew Atkinson , Cleveland . Date: 18/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my C2 VTR last year after part-exchanging my Saxo VTR.

    It came standard with black paint. What appealed to me was the low insurance and the amount of equipment it offers as standard - how many superminis come with cruise control and electrically folding mirrors?

    The car is cheap to buy compared to others, and is only insurance group 6. Many people do not like the sluggish Sensodrive transmission that comes as standard and I know what they mean. It takes an age changing gears, and you get jolted forwards during this. However give yourself time and practice with the VTR in manual mode, and the driving becomes more acceptable.

    Another thing I was disappointed with was the after-sales service. When I went back to the dealer to report squealing brakes,whistling air vents and noisy electric windows, they didn't seem to want to know. I have only just managed to get these problems fixed in the last month!

    The dealer does however do fantastic deals and offer free insurance to the over 21s. The gearbox and after-sales service are the only real let downs of this car.

    I can quite comfortably accomodate 3 of my fairly tall friends on long distances. Just set the cruise control on and off we go! Space is tight in the boot, but I dont think that will matter to the target customer of this car, the young driver. The driving position is spot on with fully adjustable driver seat and steering wheel.

    Something Citroen should have incuded on this model is air-con. How

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