Citroen C8 (2003–2010)
Second generation Citroen/Fiat/Peugeot MPV made its debut
All longer, taller and wider than the models they replace. Now 4,726mm (15' 6") long x 1,850mm (6' 1") wide. Citroen's is called simply the C8 and matches this with seating for up to eight passengers.
Features include automatic electric sliding rear side doors with really neat brushed alloy handles; sliding rear seats fitted with the Quickfix patented anchorage system for easy moving and removal; a huge number of storage compartments and cubby holes; air conditioning offering up to four independent climate zones (like the W211 MB E Class); the option of three electric tilt/slide sunroofs; foldaway mirror to enable the driver to keep an eye on passengers. The dashboard has a central instrument display, like the Picasso, Yaris and new Nissan Primera, and a seven inch information display monitor can be included.
Engine range includes 2.0 litre 110bhp HDI; the 2.0 litre 138bhp 16v petrol; the 2.2 litre 136bhp HDI; a brand new 2.2 litre 160bhp 16v petrol and (later) a 3.0 litre 208bhp petrol V6. Transmission options are Citroen's sequential auto adaptive 4-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. Safety equipment includes strong, reinforced body; electronic stability programme; ABS with EBD; six airbags; automatic low tyre pressure warning; and electronic parking assistance. All 7 passengers get a three-point belt with belt for centre row centre passenger built into seat back. Dealer fit option fo 3-seater rearmost bench, making it an 8 seater.
New 2.2-litre HDi added to the range
As of January 2008, the C8 offers a new 2.2 HDi engine on its SX and Exclusive models, as well as a choice of two new metallic colours. The new 2.2 HDi engine offers 173 hp, and a massive 295 lb.ft of torque for effortless performance, with a top speed of 122 mph, 0 – 62 mph in 11.7 seconds and an out-of-town fuel consumption of 42.8 mpg and CO2 emissions of 191g/km, comfortably within tax band G.
The restyle incorporates chevrons at the front and rear, bringing them in line with other models in the Citroën family, as well as a new-look grille, additional exterior chrome inserts, plus dark tinted windows and tailgate on Exclusive models.
Inside are enhanced materials, soft-touch finishes and further chrome inserts for a polished look. Exclusive models also benefit from 16” Ispahan alloy wheels, leather seats as standard and front and rear parking sensors. Whilst SX models gain new seat trims, a leather steering wheel and gear lever knob, speed limiter and Cruise Control. LX models now boast an MP3 compatible stereo unit.