The Citroen C2 began production in 2003 as a replacement for the Citroen Saxo. With sleek styling and a smaller body, Citroen aimed squarely at the youth market with this car, and the market responded. The car was awarded four out of five possible stars by the Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) for safety. With a very reasonable sticker price, especially for the entry-level models, the combination of form and function makes both new and secondhand Citroen C2s a popular purchase.
The original Citroen C2 cars were entry-level vehicles without much in the way of trim. Standard black plastic bumpers and door handles, no fog lights, and a Spartan interior kept the price low, but turned away some buyers due to its obvious lack of creature comforts. The super-mini, three-door hatchback became popular with those looking for an economical vehicle, and the fact that it got a combined average of nearly 48 mpg was an added incentive toward purchase. The C2 won the "Best European Hatchback" award in 2003 for its combination of agility and excellent fuel economy.
Citroen expanded the trim options, and by 2008 there were a total of 10 ongoing trim editions, plus three more limited edition models that were offered only in 2004 and 2007.
The car was updated for the 2008-2009 Citroen C2 sales year. A restyled grille and more Citroen-like front end brought the car more in line with the redesigned C1 and C3. The car also offered five engine options (four petrol and one diesel), and seven different trim levels ranging from the entry level Vibe to the fully-equipped Code. A model is available with start and stop technology, saving even more fuel for the cost-conscious driver. A five-speed semi-automatic transmission provides an electronically controlled manual gearbox that can be operated in either fully automatic mode or a paddle-shift manual mode.
For a cost-conscious ride that has updated style and refinement, the C2 is a solid choice.