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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 11 - Citroën C2

Updated on September 30, 2008

 

Although only just a couple of hundred dollars more expensive than its C1 sister, the C2 is a considerably larger vehicle. The performance the C2 enjoys thanks to its 10% larger engine is almost identical to that of the C1, but the mileage suffers considerably, as the C2 returns a combined MPG rating of almost 20% less than the C1. I'm not overly enamored of the styling of the C2 as that weird (even for French cars) rear window that dips below the line really bothers me.

 

The Citroën C2 Hatchback 1.1i Vibe 3 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $9,886.29, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1124 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 98 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 14.4 seconds. The performance factor of 11.5 is average for its class. The Citroën C2 Hatchback 1.1i Vibe 3 Door returns 58.9 MPG in highway driving, 37.7 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 48.7. With a fuel tank capacity of 9 gallons, the car can travel 530 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 639 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Citroën C2 Hatchback 1.1i Vibe 3 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 78, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.

 

Citroën C2 Hatchback 1.1i Vibe 3 Door •

ACTUAL AVERAGE EUROPEAN PRICE • $16,272.60

MANUFACTURER'S EUROPEAN PRICE • $16,505.70

ESTIMATED NORTH AMERICAN PRICE • $9,886.29

SPECIFICATIONS & OUTPUT •

Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 3

Seats • Number of • 4

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1124 / 4

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 61 / 5500

Torque (lb / ft) • 69

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3666

Overall Width (mm) • 1659

Overall Height (mm) • 1461

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 166

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 879

Turning Radius (m) • 9.6

Towing Capacity (kg) • 520

Curb Weight (kg) • 956

PERFORMANCE •

0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 14.4

Top speed (MPH) • 98

EQUIPMENT AVAILABILITY & PRICING •

EXTERIOR •

Alloy Rims / Wheels • Option Not Available

Metallic Exterior Paint • $375.00

SECURITY & SAFETY FEATURES •

Automatic Transmission • Option Not Available

Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Standard Equipment

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Option Not Available

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Option Not Available

Automatic Traction Control • Option Not Available

Electronic Stability System • Option Not Available

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Deadlock • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Alarm • Option Not Available

Visible VIN • Option Not Available

Secure Spare Tire • Standard Equipment

Etched Parts • Option Not Available

Locking Wheel Lugs • Option Not Available

Side Impact Safety Bars • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • Option Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available

Parking Sensor For Front • Option Not Available

CONVENIENCE & COMFORT FEATURES •

Leather Surface Seats • Option Not Available

Climatic Control • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Reach • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Power Steering • Option Not Available

Adjustable Seat Height • Option Not Available

Adjustable Power Seats • Option Not Available

Air Conditioning • Option Not Available

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Front Windows • Option Not Available

Remote Mirrors • Option Not Available

Electrically Heated Mirrors • Option Not Available

Power Moonroof • Option Not Available

Manual Moonroof • Option Not Available

Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available

SOUND, NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS •

Hands Free Cell Phone • Option Not Available

Satellite GPS Navigation • Option Not Available

Radio • Option Not Available

Radio With RDS • Option Not Available

Theft Proof Radio • Standard Equipment

Multi CD • Option Not Available

iPod / MP3 Connector • Option Not Available

Bluetooth Enabled • $175.00

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

CD With RDS • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available

OPERATING COSTS •

City MPG • 37.7

Highway MPG • 58.9

Combined MPG • 48.7

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 9

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 138

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $20.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 1

Estimated Average Insurance • $273.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 33.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $210.00

Maintenance Factor • 28

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $562.00

Maintenance Intervals • 12,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi

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