Citroen C-Zero (2010-2018) practicality & boot space
The Citroen C-Zero is big enough for four plus shopping in the boot, but the range is its biggest hindrance
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There’s no ignoring how a 65-mile real-world range hampers how practical the Citroen C-Zero is. If you can charge it reliably at work or at home, then it might be perfectly adequate, but if you do longer distances, you’ll always run the risk of being one faulty charging station away from relying on other means of transport.
Passenger space is actually one of the C-Zero’s biggest selling points, with plenty of room for four tall adults thanks to the high roofline. And with five doors, accessibility is very straightforward. All the seats can be adjusted to suit an individual’s needs, and the rear seats fold down to increase luggage capacity. With the seats up, the C-Zero provides 166 litres of boot space – enough for a modest supermarket trip – and with the seats down there’s 866 litres.
Citroen C-Zero interior space, storage & comfort
Inside, headroom is very good for all passengers thanks to the shape of the car, and although you won’t be able to stretch out, kneeroom and legroom is adequate for six-footers. The C-Zero comes with modest amounts of interior storage, with a glovebox, front door bins, and a folding cup holder.
With the seats in the upright position, the Citroen C-Zero boasts 166 litres of space below the parcel shelf. But with the seats folded down this figure expands to 866 litres, enough for all sorts of cargo. Compare these dimensions with rivals like the Smart EQ ForFour – which delivers 195 and 975 litres respectively – and the Volkswagen e-up!, which manages 250 and 923 litres.
There isn’t much of a loading lip on the C-Zero’s boot – making it easy to lift bags in and out – and while the seats don’t fold completely flat, they’re not far off horizontal.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Citroen C-Zero is affordable and more spacious than you might think, but it's severely limited compared to more modern electric cars
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Citroen C-Zero has a real-world range of about 65 miles, virtually the lowest of any electric car on sale
- 3Running costsIt costs a matter of pence to fully charge the Citroen C-Zero, which is Congestion-Charge-exempt in London
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Citroen C-Zero is quick at town speeds, but sluggish acceleration after 30mph means it struggles on faster roads
- 5Interior & comfortThe Citroen C-Zero is more spacious than it looks from the outside, but inside it really shows its age
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe Citroen C-Zero is big enough for four plus shopping in the boot, but the range is its biggest hindrance
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Citroen C-Zero scored four stars in Euro NCAP crash-testing in 2011, but that rating has since expired