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||Road tax|
|28||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 12,500 miles||£0|
At typical household electricity prices, the C-Zero will only cost around £2 to charge fully, giving you some 65 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, 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 zone.
Citroen C-Zero insurance group
The Citroen C-Zero sits in insurance group 28, with a note indicating that the security features on the car fall a long way behind what should be expected of a modern vehicle. In comparison, the Volkswagen e-up! sits in group 11, while the BMW i3 lies in group 27.
The C-Zero was sold with a warranty lasting three years or 60,000 miles; whichever was reached first. 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 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.
You won’t need to pay road tax on the Citroen C-Zero, as it's a zero-emissions electric car.
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 costs - currently readingIt 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