2008 Citroen C2 | new car review

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 by

The C2 is a supermini produced by the French manufacturer since 2004. Along with the C3, the C2 was intended to replace the popular Saxo. The two cars have relatively different designs allowing to grab different sub-markets of the supermini class. The C2 was designed by Donato Coco and is a completely different car, based on the Peugeot 206.

Considered as an ambiguous brand in the Middle East until recently, the Citroen made a comeback with full force and a rejuvenated enthusiasm in 2005. The current crop of Citroen cars is projected to cover every mainstream market sector available in the region, and its time for the most players to sit down and watch out for.

As mentioned earlier, the C2 being the replacement of the Citroen Saxo, it falls at the bottom end of the French car manufacturer’s range. Based on the same platform as the slightly larger C3 and C3 Pluriel, the C2 is only available as a three-door model because the C3 covers five-door territory. The 2008 has distinctive, albeit incoherent looks: the back end looks a bit like it belongs to a different car to the front. Still, as small, mainstream city cars go, the C2 is quite a smart-looking one. The VTR-badged models aren’t hot enough to act as ‘halo’ models for the rest of the range, but the GT and VTS version should please most buyers.

The C2 offers a lot of interior room in the front and a decent driving position, as well as – on some models – rear seats which fold, recline, slide and come-out. Its dashboard is shared with the C3 with trim of decent enough material given the price. There are coloured plastic inserts on the door trim and gearknob to lift the atmosphere. The driving position is good and visibility is fine, with a wide frontal greenhouse area. Visibility to the rear isn’t too bad although the rear window is a little small.

The C2 for our region comes only with one engine. The 1.6-litre employed produces 110bhp and 147Nm of torque and is shifted using a 5-speed automatic SensoDrive transmission. VTR models only come with SensoDrive, but the more performance orientated GT and VTS models have a proper manual box.



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Also look at: Peugeot 206, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Atos Prime

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