Citroen C-Zero (2010-2018) running costs

It costs a matter of pence to fully charge the Citroen C-Zero, which is Congestion-Charge-exempt in London

Insurance group Warranty Service intervals 2018/19 company car cost (20%/40%)
28U 60 months / 40,000 miles 12 months / 12,500 miles £531.44 / £1,062.88

The Citroen C-Zero secures a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax figure of 13%, making it an attractive proposition for user-choosers. It’s also helpful to know that at typical household electricity prices, the C-Zero will only cost around £2 to charge fully, giving you some 60 miles of range. Fuel for a similarly-sized petrol or diesel car might cost several times as much.

As an electric car, the Citroen C-Zero emits no CO2 tailpipe emissions at all, which means it qualifies for exemption from the London Congestion Charge. Registering for the discount costs just £10 a year, and will save you the daily £11.50 fee for driving in the Congestion Charge zone.

Citroen C-Zero insurance group

The Citroen C-Zero sits in insurance group 28U, with the ‘U’ rating indicating that the security features on the car fall a long way behind what should be expected of a modern vehicle. For comparison, the Volkswagen e-up! sits in group 11, while the BMW i3 lies in group 27.

Warranty

The C-Zero is sold with a warranty lasting three years or 60,000 miles; whichever is reached first. Meanwhile, the battery and drivetrain have separate warranties: the former for eight years or 60,000 miles, and the latter for five years or 40,000 miles.

The Volkswagen e-up! is sold with the same three-year/60,000-mile cover. And while the Smart EQ ForFour and BMW i3 are also covered for three years, both Smart and BMW will allow unlimited mileage in that time.

Servicing

The Citroen C-Zero needs to be serviced every year or 12,500 miles, with some jobs – such as the checking of electrical power cables and replacement of the brake fluid – needing to be done every two years or 25,000 miles. The coolant needs replacing every 20 years according to Citroen, with the same period attributed to the draining of the heating circuit.

Road tax

You won’t need to pay road tax on the Citroen C-Zero, as it's a zero-emissions electric car.

Depreciation

Like all cars, the Citroen C-Zero will lose value over time, and the amount by which it depreciates will ultimately be paid by you when the time comes to sell it. Gauging this figure is tricky, but one respected price guide suggests the Citroen C-Zero will only be worth £5,750 after three years of ownership.

The Volkswagen e-up!, Renault Zoe and Smart EQ ForFour should retain their value far better, even if they will still not hold their value as well as conventional petrol alternatives.