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Minivans are not blockbusters in the automotive market. However, they are hits among family people and businessmen who seek spaciousness both for inmates and cargo. Citroen has succeeded in this segment, take along the C8 model with all its outstanding facilities. What are they? Let’s review Citroen C8 in vivid detail.
Citroen C8 is a 5-/8-seater, 5-door minivan with a front-wheel drive. Its exterior spellbinds by smooth lines, large integral headlamps, vertical taillight garlands, and solid handles. As against the predecessor, the newcomer received an enlarged chassis: 4725x1855x1750 mm.
The first generation of the model (2002-2007) boasted a variety of under-the-hood contents. The powertrain lineup consisted on 5 engines:
- 2.0-liter 16V gasoline, rated at 138 horsepower with the maximal speed of 185 km/h, acceleration to 100 km/h for 12.2 s;
- 2.2-liter 16V gasoline, rated at 158 horsepower with the maximal speed of 196 km/h, acceleration to 100 km/h for 11.6 s;
- 3.0-liter V6 24V gasoline, rated at 210 horsepower with the maximal speed of 205 km/h, acceleration to 100 km/h for 11.0 s;
- 2.0-liter HDi turbo diesel, rated at 109 horsepower with the maximal speed of 174 km/h, acceleration to 100 km/h for 14.6 s;
- 2.2-liter HDi turbo diesel, rated at 130 horsepower with the maximal speed of 182 km/h, acceleration to 100 km/h for 13.6 s.
The 2nd-generation C8 (2008-2014) was available in three powertrain modifications: the 2.0-liter 16V gasoline engine with 143 hp and the maximal speed of 188 km/h; the 2.0-liter HDi diesel engine with 138 hp and the maximal speed of 190 km/h; the 2.2-liter HDi diesel engine with 173 hp and the maximal speed of 200 km/h.
The base Citroen C8 comes with 5 seats. The other 3 rear seats might be custom-made. The main zest of the cabin is the possibility to easily transform. The backseats are equipped with Quickfix fixtures which allow for their fast demounting and installation, moving and rotating by 180 degrees. The passengers won’t find it difficult to get to their seats, since the side electric-drive doors are extendable. They might be manipulated as from the driver’s/passenger’s seat, so remotely.
The driver’s seat features high waist. In order to achieve optimal ergonomics, the seat offers a bunch of adjustments. The finish is made of high-quality materials. In newer versions cloth is combined with chrome-plated details and leather/suede upholstery.
The maximal capacity of the boot equals to 480 liters. Still, the customer is able to remove all backseats to enlarge the trunk to astounding 2948 liters. The boot houses a dedicated luggage net for a more convenient shipping of things. In addition to Citroen C8 review, the saloon is rich in storage facilities. There are various niches, cup-holders and door pockets to store all necessary accessories.
The fascia contains only a few functional buttons, a speedometer and a tachometer. There is also an electronic odometer equipped with indicating lights. The central stand accommodates gearbox (manual), climate control buttons with a display as well as temperature adjustment controller. The dashboard includes a multimedia system with CD player. The integration of a multiplex circuit allows the customer to add some other equipment.
Citroen C8 is available in four trims: LX base, SX, Exclusive, and Exclusive Captain Chair. The base modification comes with Parktronic system, tire pressure indicator, ESP, ABS & EBD systems, electric front windows, trip computer, steel wheels, 6 airbags. The SX version adds alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, gear lever, fog lamps, cruise control, electric middle windows, automatic wipers, and rear parking sensors.
The C8 Exclusive trim comes with 2.2-liter gasoline engine only. It is differentiated by leather upholstery, front parking sensors, heated front seats (in addition to the SX facilities). Finally, the Exclusive Captain Chair vehicle is available as with gas so with diesel 2.2-liter engines. Its key peculiarity is luxury interior with an abundance of leather details.
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