2007 Citroen C2 VTS 1.6
Fun, nippy car
I was a bit concerned about getting a C2 VTS after I'd rad previous reviews on this site. However, I was quite happy with the test drive so I bought one - and I'm still happy with it now.
I'd considered the Fiest ST, but went for the C2 to save on petrol as I'm driving 116km daily. The gearbox isn't as solid as the Fiesta's, but I can live with it.
I'd say the car is 'nippy' but not fast. Then again, I'm used to motorcycles, so my opinion may be a little biased here. Like an inline-four motorcycle engine, the C2 1.6 engine needs to be wound up in order to give its best. Saying that, the engine can also be driven quite happily and easily at lower speeds; around town, for example. This was something that was quite important to me. I didn't want a rev-happy engine that was a pain to drive around towns.
Brakes are great. Then again, I think any small car with disc brakes all round would be.
The steering is extremely light.
Petrol consumption seems to be spot on what the official figures say.
You can fit more into this can than you'd expect. I've had a drum kit and a PA system in the car at the same time (using front seat and rear load area).
The gear lever needs the occasional shuv to go into reverse, but that's probably just me as I've had similar problems on other cars (even after coming to a complete stop and waiting a second).
The paintwork doesn't seem to be as good as some cars in the same price range, but that's not such a big deal to me. I had more paint chips on the C2 during a year's use than I did with previous cars.
But, all in all, I'm happy with the car. Ignore the comments about misaligned panels, etc. Just test drive the car and make your own mind up (as everyone should when buying a car).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th March, 2008
The car has now been driven 146,000Km, and is still going strong. No major problems. Rear discs and pads were recently changed, but nothing else other than regular service changes and replacements.
The car has now done over 200,000Km. A broken front suspension spring was replaced about a month ago, as well as the boot's upper wiring loom (7 years of opening and closing had broken the loom, causing the rear electrics to take on a life of their own).
As well as a standard service, the following will also be replaced next week as the car's now 7 years old:
- Front discs and pads (rears also look like they'll be changed again. 3rd set so far; they don't like harsh winters).
- Both from arms (due to the rubber bushes wearing).
- Anti-roll bar bushes (due to them wearing and causing the bar to slacken).
- New handbrake cable (moisture has got inside and it sticks in minus degrees Celsius).
Overall, I'm still happy with the car. If I get to see 250,000Km on the clock, I feel I'll have got my money's worth out of it. But I still intend to keep it until it dies.