2004 Citroen C2 GT 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland
Cheap but cheerful
After recently picking up my GT, I have started to notice that the drivers side seat likes to literally squeak when going around corners at any speed, which I have now begun to find quite annoying.
Another disappointing factor in my short ownership of this vehicle is the development of rust on the passenger side door, which is actually quite serious as it has spread the length of the door. I don't know if my C2 is the only car which has started to develop rust at this age, or if it's a common problem with this specific series of vehicle. The main factor is that it highlights the poor build quality that seems to plague all the French marques these days. I believe that this rust is caused by the lack of depth or thickness to the paint, or due to poor finishing at the factory.
Apart from these two faults, the car mechanically is fine, although I haven't owned it for a significant amount of time to really comment on this area.
I can however say that I haven't yet encountered the rear brake squeal, which many other reviewers have encountered, or problems with the gearbox or clutch setup, which seem to be quite common.
When on the road, the car handles with minimal body roll, with a hard ride, which is specifically uncomfortable for passengers in the back. This however is not a problem for me (being the driver :P) and is one of the reasons I chose the GT over its rivals. The front seats are comfortable, and apart from the squeak in the drivers side seat, support your body well when cornering.
The driving position takes some getting used to, being quite high for such a car. However after getting used to the position, it becomes quite comfortable and allows for good all round vision and good support for the driver.
The interior is a little bland compared to the other specifications, only available in grey and black compared to the VTR and VTS's body colored seating and VTS's drilled alloy pedal sets.
The 1.6 16v engine provides sufficient power for my driving style, I will however say that with 3 passengers the engine requires a significant increase in revs to overtake slow moving traffic, such as lorries on A and B roads.
My specific car has Citroen optional extras, which include a Citroen rally vinyl on the roof and a factory fitted white roof spoiler, which makes the car look sporty and gives it some presence on the road without being too over top.
With the obvious rust problem I have faced with the car, I am unsure if I will purchase another Citroen as the car is little over 5 years old. This however is my personal opinion, and I would recommend purchasing one if you are looking for a cheap, but sporty city car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th July, 2009