Used Citroën C8 (2003 - 2010) Comfort

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 27 Nov 2008
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If you're after a value-packed, large people carrier, then the C8 is worth a look. It's one of the best value around, with a spacious interior, lots of comfort and family friendly features such as sliding side doors.

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

All the engines offer good refinement and wind noise is subdued, but the 2.0-litre petrol can be a little noisy when worked hard. The middle row of seats offers plenty of space, even with three adults on board, but the rearmost seats are cramped with limited legroom, making them only really suited to children. Air conditioning and electric windows are standard on all cars and the interior is spacious and airy.

Higher spec models come with electric sliding side doors, which are great in tight car parking spaces, along with air conditioning vents for all three rows of passengers.

3 out of 5

Practicality

Seven people can travel in comfort thanks to the individual seats, however, the seats are heavy, awkward to remove and difficult to store. Most newer people carriers have fold-flat seating systems, eliminating the need to remove bulky chairs, while still giving you a practical vehicle. But once removed, there's a huge amount of space and the C8 is up to any task from lugging from lengths of timber to a transporting a fridge freezer.

Although with all seven in place, there's a very limited amount of luggage space. The cabin has plenty of stowage and in the front there's a large glovebox, two pop-up dash cubbies and large door bins.

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Behind the wheel

The interior is neatly designed with all of the main controls positioned next to the gear lever on a central console. This makes them easy to reach and frees up space between the driver and front passenger - plus it means the rest of the dash is uncluttered and can be used for clever stowage areas. The quality isn't great and some of the materials feel a little low-rent, but on the whole the finish is acceptable.

The large central display is neat but the unusual speed and rev counter dials look old-fashioned. One quirk is that the handbrake is on the floor to the right of the driver - not the left.