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CITROEN C2 Hatchback 2003‑2009

4.1
Based on 105 reviews
CITROEN C2 Hatchback 2003‑2009

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105 owner reviews for CITROEN C2 Hatchback 2003‑2009

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indignation

Great first car, but rather flimsy

CITROEN C2 1.4i SX 3dr (Review date: 4th June '14)

3.5

As my first car, the C2 has been a great little motor. It is easy-to-drive, reasonably comfortable and cheap to run, despite suffering from poor build quality and glitchy electrics.

PRACTICALITY

Being a small hatchback, the C2 is never going to have van-like space inside, but it suits my needs perfectly. While the boot is small, the rear seats can slide, fold and tumble forward, giving plenty of space for everyday tasks. When upright, the rear seats are a little tight on legroom, but it's fine for short journeys.

RELIABILITY

While it has never let me down on the move, there have been countless niggles with it. Four wheel bearings have gone (including two on the same wheel), rust has started to accumulate on the right-hand side (we recently repaired it, but the rust has recently started breaking through again), both rear springs needed replacing, the electric windows and sunroof have started to play up and, most recently, the drop links have come loose and will need replacing. Inside, several pieces of trim have started to come loose, including an area around the driver's door caused by some poor design fault where the door is slightly further back than it should be. The radio and air ### have also broken, the former probably caused by the misaligned driver's door.

HOW IT DRIVES

The C2 is perfectly suited to town driving: the light steering, easy gear change and compact dimensions make parking a doddle (although visibility is restricted by the thick pillars). On longer journeys, the car is fairly comfortable and quiet, although the overly-light steering doesn't give enough feedback. On rougher surfaces, the C2 is noticeably bouncy; going over potholes makes the car rock back-and-forth and sends rattles throughout the cabin. However, body roll is controlled and the steering is responsive enough so that driving never feels like a chore. The 1.4L engine feels fine in town and on country lanes, but it does struggle when climbing hills and on the motorway.

Overall, the Citroen C2 suits my current transportation needs, but the niggling reliability and lack of versatility means that I will be replacing it fairly soon with something more practical, perhaps a Grand Vitara or similar small 4x4.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

2 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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naz89

Celine the Citroen C2

CITROEN C2 1.4i Design 3dr (Review date: 4th January '14)

4.8

I have owned Celine for over a year now, and I have loved driving it. It has been a brilliant first car, fun to drive on short city trips as well as for longer motorway journeys. So reliable, I have only had routine work and very minor repairs done to it. Sturdy car for the winter-starts up with no fuss and heats up very quickly- and stands out too. I can't fault it!

Thanks Celine :)

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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colric

Better than the more modern C1.

CITROEN C2 1.1i LX 3dr (Review date: 27th October '13)

4.5

Spritely around town and a capable motorway cruiser at normal speeds.

Clever independent seats are not so practical as they seem because the front seats have to be adjusted too far forwards for the back and base of the rear seats to both be folded.

Good for two people and good luggage space or just adequate for four adults and reduced boot space.

Light steering, clutch and gear change. Strong servo assistance to brakes.

The only slightly dished seat bases have little lateral support but prove comfortable on a journey. in this respect the Furio has much better seats but at a cost.

Fuel economy now averaging 42-43 mpg in semi urban use but 50 MPG easily obtainable when cruising..

It is only an LX but the trip computer includes a high/low engine oil gauge and the car also has an adjustable speed warning buzzer.

I had the cam belt changed at the 7 year service; only 24000 miles covered in total as a second car, but our mechanic said the old belt showed more signs of wear than he expected.

A Citroen main dealer mechanic told me, for my year of car, the cam belt did not need to be changed until 10 years or 100,000 miles....be warned!

New rear box for the exhaust system; not bad after 98 months. Will this replacement pattern part last as long?

An interesting caveat to Citroen's reputation for iffy electrics; so far our car has had no problems, but after seven years of ownership, I opened the boot of this, my wife's car for the first time in the dark. No boot light.

Thinking the bulb must have blown, I removed the cover to check the spec for a replacement.

The bulb wiring was not connected to the main wiring loom.

I joined up the connectors and the light came on to work reliably ever since.

Was it ever connected at the factory?

My wife seems never to have noticed it did not work. Nor me for that matter. No jokes please!

With winter 2013/14 approaching, I changed the original Michelins, no visible decay and still with 3mm of tread all round as the tyres have been rotated, to Goodyear Vector 4 seasons tyres.

Overall, purchased for £6500 as a 5 month old, main dealer ex demonstrator; after 105 months of ownership, still a super buy.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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seabank

Great little car

CITROEN C2 1.4 HDi SX 3dr (Review date: 7th September '13)

5

Bought this car initially to travel from Hampshire to Scotland when relocating. Needed to consider fuel economy, comfort and space for suitcases etc., and it has been perfect for the job. Now settled in our new location and get frequent visits from our grandchildren which requires a larger 5 seater.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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tandy

Excellent and Economical car

CITROEN C2 1.4 HDi Design 3dr (Review date: 23rd June '13)

5

very cheap to run car, tax only £35 and cheap to insure. excellent for town driving and parking in small spaces but still enough space and good motorway car. Can be a bit noisey on the motorway and mine doesnt have air conditioning as it was an extra cost at time of purchase. Excellent visibility too.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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abz212007

citroen c2 2007 special edition by loeb , 1.6

CITROEN C2 1.6i 16v by LOEB 3dr (Review date: 21st May '13)

4

absouletely love this car! its nippy , small , easy to park! , surprisingly not bad size inside with seats down if you need to transport anything!,

not too bad on petrol costs, the only thing i didnt cope with is not very big for a family , ok for small children in the back but when they reach teenager the space is very cramped in the back , but other than that its perfect ! attractive aswell, would say more suitable for young driver than for a family as such .

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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cth101

CITROEN C2 1.4i 16V Rhythm Stop & Start 3dr Sensodrive

CITROEN C2 1.4i 16V Rhythm Stop and Start 3dr SensoDrive (Review date: 12th April '13)

4

A very practical little car with a large capacity when the seats are down. Lots of storage. A useful split rear door. Very nifty with loads of technology. Automatic but can be driven as semi-automatic using the paddle controls on the steering wheel. Stop and Start takes some getting used to but makes the car very economical

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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arnodelic

citroen c2 vtr

CITROEN C2 1.6i 16V VTR 3dr SensoDrive (Review date: 3rd March '13)

4.5

brilliant little car, my wife had it for just over a year and has given no problems, really impresive drive and not bad on fuel either

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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deanber

great first car and cheap run around

CITROEN C2 1.1i Design 3dr (Review date: 12th June '12)

4

I think this is a nifty little car, I have owned mine for around 2 years with no faults and little money spent on services etc. the fuel consumption is decent for the 1.1i petrol. Mine has started to play up a little with the electrics,if the front wiper is on the rear windscreen wiper will go when not turned on.When you start the car and the front wiper was left on before, it does not turn on automatically all the time. Apart from that it's been a good car for me (male-26) and good spec and character for a good price.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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monkeyme

great small car

CITROEN C2 1.1i VT 3dr (Review date: 12th February '12)

4.8

great to run, cheap, reliable on frosty mornings. best boot door ever.would def recommend to anyone.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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