Citroen C-Zero (2010-2018) reliability & safety
The Citroen C-Zero scored four stars in Euro NCAP crash-testing in 2011, but that rating has since expired
|Euro NCAP rating||Adult protection rating||Child protection rating||Safety assist rating|
|4 stars (2011, now expired)||73%||78%||86%|
As the C-Zero was launched in 2010, it misses certain safety features that modern cars are more likely have. While it comes with mandatory systems such as anti-lock brakes and traction control, more recent innovations like autonomous emergency braking aren't included.
Citroen C-Zero reliability & problems
There are no reliability problems known to frequently affect the C-Zero over the course of its life. Citroen scored 87.88% in the 2018 Auto Express Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, making it the 23rd-best manufacturer in the UK.
The Citroen C-Zero was awarded four out of five stars for safety by Euro NCAP in 2011, however this was only valid for a period of six years, expiring at the start of 2018. The C-Zero hasn't been re-tested since; it’s hard to deduce how many stars it would score today.
In 2011, the C-Zero was rated at 73% for adult occupant protection and 78% for child occupant protection, while pedestrian protection was rated at 48%. However, car safety has moved on since the C-Zero was originally tested, and these days a much greater emphasis is placed on ‘active’ systems (such as autononmous emergency braking) that have become common on modern cars.
While the C-Zero boasts mandatory systems such as airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, tyre-pressure monitoring and ISOFIX mounting points, active safety features are non-existent. That means no lane-keeping assistance, lane-departure warning or autonomous emergency braking – nor the reversing cameras so frequently found on the newest cars.
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 spaceThe Citroen C-Zero is big enough for four plus shopping in the boot, but the range is its biggest hindrance
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe Citroen C-Zero scored four stars in Euro NCAP crash-testing in 2011, but that rating has since expired