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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.
  • 1.6i VTS 3dr

    Craig Lodey Date: 10/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    With the company car up for renewal and having influenced my mother-in-law to buy the automatic C2 1.4 Sx with which she is overjoyed (she was previously afflicted with an older Fiesta automatic)I am considering the C2 as my new mount. Wanting to test drive the new 1.6Hdi VTS the nearest either of my local dealers could offer was a 1.6i version with 10k on the clock. The C2 is a cute and funky design however the ride of the VTS reminded me of my old MG Midget - "firm" but without the precise steering "feel" of the older car. Indifferent surfaces can really be felt and a softer setting would be more comfortable. The 1.6i engine is willing and really moves after 3.5k revs but on the motorway it really sounds like its working too hard and needs another gear(or 2). Around town it is well behaved and works well despite the transmission harshness on take up. At motorway speeds I couldn't hear much wind noise on account of the road noise from the rear wheels! A little more sound deadening felt needed here. Unfortunately I didn't feel able to frighten the lady sales person by throwing the car around too much and so didn't get a feel for the cornering. I'm sure I would grow to like the car however at this time unless the diesel version is better I'll be choosing the new Mondeo if only to protect my already damaged hearing!

  • 1.4 HDi SX 3dr

    m hickman , west midlands . Date: 15/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Yes it's a tubodiesel! Why Citroen didn't promote this I'll never know.

    It's in the lowest chargeable bracket for road tax, ONLY £36 A YEAR!!! Can get almost 70MPG!!! And a really low insurance group.

    That's not to say it's a poor drive either, apart from needing a little more longer in a gear, it handles like a sports category car.

    Cabins very cheap and cheerful, but with the SX you get electric windows and mirrors, six speaker surround sound with driver stalk CD player controls, air-con, and two gloveboxes!

    The velour seats are a double-edged sword, comfortable enough to send you to sleep but requires a Dyson hoover to get off the bits they collect.

    Having worked for my dad's car dealership for almost four years in the past, driving everything from Mondeos to Clios, this is definately the best all-rounder I've ever driven.

  • 1.1i Design 3dr

    Ross James , Rhondda Cynon Taf . Date: 10/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car (1.1 design) since November 2005 and purchased it brand new. I had immediate problems with the car : a) The car persisted to 'cut out' at junctions and whenever it came to a complete stop after travelling at speed on the motorways, I would be sat at junctions not knowing it had cut out and place my foot on the accelerator to find it was 'dead' with the dash a delightful display of lights, how dangerous! b) Engine would self rev, upto 2500 rpm of it's own accord and then 'cut out' I would find myself stationary on times with the engine screaming and the needle showing 2500rpm - wonderful! c)The cd player never returns the disc at my request, when I press the eject button but instead churns it out so far and then groans and chews it up. Oh and might I add, these problems still remain to date but the dealer never finds anything wrong with it on the 'diagnostic testing kit' - typical! The car is in warranty and it's had two major services in 18 months or so with the current cost of servicing at £1300! Rediculous for a car of it's age! Absolutely shocking quality and reliability, terrible, cheap, nasty, it's no wonder why they're sold so cheap! It figures! I will always refrain from purchasing a Citroen in future and take the advice of so many - 'leave French cars well alone, they fall apart like a cheap watch, stick with German - Volkswagen'

  • 1.4i Furio 3dr

    Lance Webster Date: 19/08/2007
    • 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 this car for 3years from new. Good points -Sporty styling inside and out, looks a little like a hot hatch. -Good value/low insurance. -Reasonable performance(will comfortabaly do 85mph on motorways)but need to keep revs high otherwise not much pulling power(esp on hills). -Easy to park,reliable,no problems.

    Bad points -The sensodrive is a little quirky. The fully automatic option changes gear too early,this a problem when setting off going up hill because you can't gain enough speed to gather momentum.Also in fully auto mood when theres a sudden deceleration the car might take 2seconds to select a gear,this doesn't happen often but u can momentarily lose power.None of these faults effect me cos I prefer the paddleshift semi automatic option.You can only change from 1st t 2nd gear when the speedo reads at least 10mph,hence if u don't time this gear change at exactly the right time then the car will jerk a little.However you get used to these quirks as Im able to change gears v smoothly.

    -Boot is v small and only suitable for shopping or 1 suitcase. Cramped in the back,only enough room for 2adults in the back. Theres a bit of body roll when taking corners and large cracks in the road can be easily felt throught the suspension. -Interior plastic is not of the highest quality so it shows slight scratches over time.

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