Used Citroen C Zero cars for sale

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Citroen C Zero

5dr Auto

£10,495
2013(13)
£199.31 per month
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  • 42
  • Automatic
  • Full Electric
  • 0L
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Citroen C Zero

5dr Auto

£6,995
2011(61)
£136.67 per month
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  • 2,285
  • Automatic
  • Full Electric
  • 0L
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Used Citroen C Zero

History lesson

Launched in 2011, the Citroen C-Zero is an all electric city car. It's essentially a re-badged Mitsubishi i-MiEV. The car's power comes from a 47-kilowatt (equivalent to 66bhp) electric motor fed from a 330-volt lithium-ion battery pack. Like all electric cars it has lots of torque and therefore accelerates well and is able to keep up with urban traffic.
       
Many small electric cars are classed as "quadricycles" and don't have to meet the safety standards of conventional cars. The C-Zero though has been put through the full safety testing process and has a four star NCAP rating.
 
Bang for your buck
 
There's only one model of the Citroen C-Zero but it comes with a good range of standard equipment. It comes with air conditioning, power steering and electric windows. On the safety front there's ABS, ESP, emergency brake assist and six airbags. The car's small size makes it ideal for city use, it's just 3.48 metres long and has a 9-metre turning circle so it's easy to manoeuvre and park.
       
The second hand Citroen C-Zero has a range of up to 93 miles though this will vary depending on how it's used. There's a rapid charge feature to give an 80% charge in 30 minutes though for this you'll need a 440-volt socket. You can charge it via a conventional 220v supply but it will take longer – around six hours for a full charge. The car has a 3-year 60,000 mile warranty but the drivetrain and batteries are covered for 5 years or 40,000 miles.
 
What you'll pay
 
The bad news is you can't buy one. C-Zero cars for sale are only available on a lease deal. Over three years and 30,000 miles the monthly cost is £144 plus VAT. It's exempt from VED and from London Congestion Charge and electricity to power the car for its 93 mile range will cost around £1.50 depending on your tariff so running costs beyond the lease will be minimal. There are currently only 11 specialist dealers in the UK that can supply the C-Zero.
 
What to check
 
The cars are assembled by Mitsubishi and have solid build quality with durable cabin trim. They haven't been around long enough for reliability issues to emerge but since electric cars have less to go wrong there shouldn't be any problems.
 
Parts
 
Because it's on a lease deal you shouldn't have to worry about spares prices. The major expense will be replacing the battery pack at some point but since it's covered by a longer warranty than the rest of the car you should be protected from major costs.
 
How it drives
 
The car has strong, smooth acceleration and can easily embarrass many small petrol and diesel cars in traffic. It can do 0-60 in 15 seconds and has a top speed of 80mph. Although the C-Zero is tall the batteries are housed under the floor which keeps the centre of gravity low. This means it's stable and rides bumps and potholes well. Grip feels a bit limited though and out of town the car is upset by side winds and the draught from HGVs.
       
The used Citroen C-Zero is very simple to drive, turn the key and you get a beep to tell you it's on. It then drives like any other car with an automatic box. There's a battery charge meter in place of a fuel gauge. Around town there's just a quiet hum from the motor though on faster roads this turns into an annoying whine. The tall design generates some wind noise too. The design of the car is intended not to scare away people used to more conventional vehicles, the drive selector for example looks like a normal automatic gear shift.
       
There's plenty of headroom thanks to the tall design but the back seats are short on knee room and the boot is small with the seats in place. The cabin generally has a rather dull, unappealing ambiance.
 
There's little doubt that the used Citroen C-Zero is innovative. It's well built, safe and has strong performance and with zero road tax and low fuel costs should be cheap to run. However, the limited range means it's only really suited for urban use, add in the small number of dealers and lease-only pricing and the car has restricted appeal.

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