Citroen C8 - Britain's Best MPV Moves Up A GearPublished 24 January 2004
Citroen’s C8 people carrier has been named Britain’s Best Large MPV by top UK motoring magazine What Car? at its prestigious Car of the Year awards ceremony in London’s Park Lane. And Citroen is already improving on the best by adding a new six-speed gearbox to the C8 range.
With the introduction of the six-speed manual gearbox at no extra cost on 2.2HDi models, the C8 is set to offer an even more relaxed and refined drive. The new transmission also helps improve fuel economy, with almost 39mpg possible on the combined cycle, and CO2 emissions, which fall to 195g/km.
Proving a real hit with Britain’s MPV buyers, the C8 has already become Citroen’s most popular full-size people carrier ever, increasing the Company’s previous best performance by over a half to claim some 6% of a large MPV sector that itself grew by 20% last year. Alongside the ever popular Xsara Picasso and Berlingo Multispace, the C8 helped ensure that Citroen remained one of the UK’s top two MPV sellers.
The award-winning, 5-star EuroNCAP-rated C8 range is both safe and secure, with six airbags, ABS with EBD and EBA, ESP and an alarm all standard on most models. The flexible seating system accommodates up to eight adults, or adapts to provide a massive 3,000 litres of load space, while tri-zone digital air conditioning, automatic wipers and headlamps, leather upholstery and rear parking sensors are also available. Furthermore, C8 buyers can save up to £4,000 with Citroen’s ‘VAT Back’ offer that runs until 31st March, meaning that prices start at £15,933 for the 2.0i 16V petrol LX.
Overcoming challenges from rivals like the Renault Espace and the Mazda MPV, What Car? commented, "Before you even get into the C8, it impresses with its practical touches. The large sliding doors make access as easy as pie, you don’t even have to bother pulling the handle as they can be opened remotely from the plipper, while superb all-round vision makes driving and parking the C8 as simple as any family saloon."