Citroen C-Zero (2010-2018) interior & comfort

The Citroen C-Zero is more spacious than it looks from the outside, but inside it’s showing its age

The Citroen C-Zero will comfortably seat four adults, which is quite an achievement for a car that’s less than 3.5 metres long. This is thanks to the battery being located in the floor, freeing up space that would be taken up by bulkier features in a petrol or diesel car.

The seats themselves are finished in camel cloth as standard, and while they’re reasonably comfortable, they do feel a little cheap. At low speeds, the C-Zero is a relaxing place to sit thanks to its quietness, although at higher speeds a high-pitched noise from the electric motor becomes audible. Tyre noise also becomes more of an issue the faster you drive.

Citroen C-Zero dashboard

The digital dashboard on the C-Zero adopts a minimalist design, clearly displaying the battery charge, remaining range, and vehicle speed. The DAB digital radio and CD player are located on the centre console, which also houses controls for the air-conditioning. It all looks very dated and feels rather cheap compared to any of the Citroen's more modern rivals.

Equipment, options and accessories

Standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes, remote central locking, electric door mirrors, automatic lights, tinted windows, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, front and rear carpet mats, tyre-pressure sensors and front and rear electric windows. There’s also a Comfort Pack option, which adds a heated driver’s seat and heated mirrors at no extra cost.

The C-Zero’s only true optional extra provides remote-control heating and air-conditioning (allowing you to pre-heat or pre-cool the car) as well as the ability to programme when the car should begin to charge. You’ll also be able to check the charging progress remotely, removing the need to inspect the car in person.

This all costs £450, but you’ll want to consider whether these additional features a really worth the outlay. Pre-heating is a luxury that you can live without, but being able to programme the car to start charging at night – having plugged it in in the evening – could save you money as electricity is cheaper when demand is lower.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The lack of an infotainment screen or sat nav system betrays just how old the Citroen C-Zero is, or at least how far it’s been left behind by newer models. Smartphone connectivity is available via Bluetooth, although there’s no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. It's all very basic tech that feels out of date next to the systems offered in the Smart EQ, Volkswagen e-Up! and Renault Zoe.