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Overall reader verdict 4 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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72 reader reviews for Citroën C2 Hatchback.
  • 1.6i VTR Sensodrive 3dr

    Alastair Robinson Date: 15/12/2004
    • 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 have owned my C2 VTR since October 2003 and covered over 17,000 miles, and it is a little gem! People used to come up to me and the first thing they would ask about was the SensoDrive gearbox. Now I admit in Automatic mode it is pants, it can't make its mind up which gear to go in when you are in traffic, but in manual mode, it is an absolute wheeze.

    But there is much more to this little baby than its gearbox - to start with, the nippy engine has the sweetest exhaust note, the brakes are fantastic and give you real confidence. It also grips the road like glue and is great to chuck about a B road or nip in and out of traffic in town.

    It seems to become even more responsive at high revs on the motorway but I do have to admit that its firm ride and low gearing can become wearing after a long journey. And all this is before you even start on the lavish equipment levels - cruise control and climate control - it's outrageous and fantastic!

    Niggles - to be honest they are negligible, particularly as the dealership is so good.

    It was recalled to have a minor adjustment to the rear mudguard to prevent it rubbing the brake hose and it had to have the climate control panel replaced after two or three weeks of owning it as it jammed on 26 degrees - luckily it was November! So, all in all, a fab little car.

  • 1.4i SX 3dr

    Christine Nisbet , Essex . Date: 04/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had this car since March 2004. I bought the SX Sensodrive version as it was the only one with £1,000 cashback at the time. What a mistake!!!! The sensodrive gearbox is awful!

    It's OK changing up through the gears but changing down is an entirely different matter. It doesn't seem to know when is the right time to drop down a gear and I have found myself in sticky situations several times because of this. Rapid pull away when your car is still in third or fourth gear is just not going to happen!

    Apart from that the car is lovely. I had a bit of trouble with the plastic tailgate trim coming off after a few months put a hard whack and it popped right back in. Also I had to get my SX badges changed as for some strange reason they went green! But all in all it has a good spec for the price. Just don't touch the Sensodrive models with a bargepole!

  • 1.1i SX 3dr

    James Lee , Cheshire . Date: 07/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my black (Yes with the bright orange seats!) Citroen C2 1.1 SX for just over one week now, and I love it to bits!

    I opted for the 1.1 SX as for a young driver of 18. I needed a car that was cheap to insure and didn't damage my street cred!

    I was lucky enough to have a budget of £8000 for my first car, and opted for the SX trim over the LX trim, as I wanted the body colored bumpers (not that you notice them on my car due to it being black!) and the handy air-con.

    I got a fantastic deal from Citroen Manchester, the list price for the car is £9195, but I got the car for £7720 inc black paint down to Citroen's Crazy Cahsback deals and Citroen Manchester's extra discount, and I didn't have to haggle!!

    I find the car very light to use, and has a very nippy 1.1 engine which I find great, and has a lot more power than my learner Hyundai Getz 1.1!

    The economy is fantastic, even though I am doing mainly town work! I am getting nearly 40mpg!

    I find the rear space tight at times, unless the front seats are a good distance apart from them. The cabin does use cheap plastics, but at least they are not as bad as the ones in the C3 Pluriel (My mother has one)!

    Overall, I love my C2, and I would highly recommend the C2 to anyone who is looking for a cheap runabout or are purchasing their children their first car.

  • 1.6i VTR Sensodrive 3dr

    John Towriss , West Yorkshire . Date: 06/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The stylish C2 has the right modern, streetwise city-hatch image offering a design that will make it a popular choice for all ages for years to come.

    Inside the cabin area utilises a modern look and feel of good quality. The interior for the driver and passengers alike continues a quality sporting style.

    The instrumentation and controls are well placed with a fuel display showing the estimated miles you can drive before running out. Unfortunatley the dashboard as a whole seems intrusive and over-sized, cutting the overall cabin space which I noticed caused some compromise to the rear passanger legroom for my four year old twins who accompanied me.

    The unique gearbox offered three ways of changing gear as standard: (1) A button near the gearstick to enable a fully automatic five-gear delivery. (2) A joystick style manual / semi-automatic gear shift using a flick forward or flick back action to select your gear. (3) Steering wheel paddle controls like those on Formula one cars.

    The automatic five-gear delivery had a noticable lag as the car accelerated up the gears but the 1.6i VTR engine provided acceptable performance, indeed making the test drive of this little hot hatch a real pleasure.

    The deal on offer at our local dealership seemed fair, offering three years' warranty from new.

    This C2 was stylish and a good-quality design for such a small car offering a unique choice of driving techniques.

Citroën C2 Hatchback

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