Citroen C-Zero (2010-2018) range, battery & charging
The Citroen C-Zero has a real-world range of about 65 miles, virtually the lowest of any electric car on sale
|Wallbox charge time
|Fast charge time
|93 miles (NEDC)
|7hrs (0-100%, 3.3kW)
|30mins (10-80%, 50kW)
The Citroen C-Zero had a quoted range of 93 miles on a single charge, based on the now-discontinued NEDC testing procedure. In the real world you should be prepared for a maximum range of about 65 miles, depending on all sorts of factors such as driving style, road conditions and even the weather.
Contemporary rivals included the Volkswagen e-up!, BMW i3 and Smart EQ ForFour, and depending on your budget, the likes of a used Nissan Leaf or Volkswagen e-Golf should also be on your radar. The C-Zero's sister cars – the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Peugeot iOn – are virtually identical in every way.
Citroen C-Zero range, charge time & battery warranty
Returning real-world range of approximately 65 miles, the Citroen C-Zero offers one of the lowest range figures of just about any electric car. Even the tiny Renault Twizy – which is a quadricycle rather than a car – is capable of about 50 miles on a single charge.
If you only have access to a standard household socket, a charge time of at least six hours applies. If you can leave a car to charge on a driveway or in a garage overnight, then this won’t pose too much of a problem, but if you can’t, you’ll almost certainly want to look at other options.
Modern electric cars tend to locate their ‘standard’ and ‘fast’ charging sockets under one flap, but the C-Zero has a different solution: you’ll find its standard port on the driver’s side of the car, while the fast charging port sits on the passenger side. A five-metre charging cable is provided, so bear in mind how close you’ll need to park the C-Zero to facilitate home charging.
From new, the C-Zero’s battery warranty ran for eight years or 60,000 miles, while the drivetrain was guaranteed for five years or 40,000 miles. The car and the battery were sold together: there was no battery leasing scheme on offer.
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 & charging - currently readingThe 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 spaceThe 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