The passenger car based vans are the perfect solution for those who need only a minimum load volume but better comfort and driving dynamics than a normal full-sized van.
One of the smallest vans of these types is the Citroen C2 Enterprise that was sold between 2005 – 2009. The vehicle is also the smallest commercial vehicle in Citroen’s lineup and was received with interest by couriers companies or security firms which need to transport dogs or other small items.
The vehicle has a maximum payload of 330 kg and is powered by a 1.4 liter HDI unit which delivers 70 hp. The Citroen C2 Enterprise may be the smallest car based van in the segment, but it’s also the cheapest, with a starting price of $15.300.
There is no secret that the Citroen C2 Enterprise can be considered more a car than a van, mostly due to its ultra compact dimensions. But while its tiny stance may be a disadvantage for load volume, it’s a huge advantage when it comes to agility, the vehicle being able to deal great with congested traffic situations.
The Citroen C2 Enterprise comes with a huge front grille which is traversed by a few horizontal stripes and bares the company’s logo in its center. The bonnet is slightly curved, enhancing the dynamic look of the vehicle, while the big windscreen is also heavy raked. The bumper comes with a massive air intake and a set of circular headlights with black plastic housings.
To add a dose of aggressivity to its tiny van, Citroen gave it a set of muscular wheel arches for both front and rear wheels.
At the back there is a simple black bumper and a roof hinged hatch which gives you full access to the load area.
The flat load area found is lined and there are also four load lashing points and a metal bulkhead to protect passengers from the cargo. The unique feature offered by the Citroen C2 Enteprise is its split tailgate which permits you to quickly grab various items from the back. Citroen says that the loading platform can support up to 1000 kg, while the maximum payload capacity is a modest 331 kg.
The cockpit looks more upscale than expected with a modern design and pretty good materials. The build quality it’s also decent and Citroen used all its creativity to make the small cabin as ergonomic as possible.
Though, space it’s still a problem, as the compact exterior dimension affects both leg and head room. Luckily the seats come with a few key adjustments which help you find a less cramped driving position.
The center console has also a fairly practical design and it’s fitted with two round air vents, the audio system and a few controls which are within driver’s reach.
We especially like the classy gear knob which received special attention from Citroen’s design engineers. The driver is met by an ergonomic steering wheel which looks modern and comes with both tilt and telescopic adjustments helping you to find your favorite position.
The storage department could’ve been better represented, as there aren’t so many cubbies as expected. Maximum load length is 1,070mm, maximum width is 1,230mm, narrowing to 1,010mm between the wheel boxes, while maximum height is 970mm.
Engines and performance
The Citroen C2 Enterprise is available with only one engine. The 1.4 liter four cylinder common rail diesel provides a maximum output of 70 hp @ 4000 rpm and a peak torque of 160 Nm which kicks in at 1750 rpm. The power is transferred to the front wheels by means of a five speed manual gearbox.
In normal mode, manifold valves force the gases through complex pipework to allow just a restrained warble to reach the cabin, for a diesel the 1.4 unit being pretty refined. The engine it’s also perfectly capable of providing enough punch to keep the vehicle agile around city and never feels strained, not even when you’ll transport heavy loads at the back.
Citroen C2 Engines Specifications
| Engine || hp @ rpm || Nm @ rpm || Fuel ||
|| 1.4 || 70 @ 4000 || 160 @ 1750 || Diesel |
Ride and handling
The front suspension uses MacPherson struts and an anti-roll bar, while at the rear axle there is an independent set-up with trailing arms. The ride is more on the bumpy side, but things will improve once you’ll put some load at the back.
On the other hand, the handling and cornering abilities are part of the first class and the vehicle it’s fairly easy to be driven around town.
To bring the C2 to halt, Citroen uses disc brakes with a 266mm diameter at the front and 203mm drums at the back. ABS is offered as standard equipment together with Emergency Braking Assistance and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution.
The power assisted steering is a bit light for our standards, but it offers 3.2 turns lock-to-lock and a 9.6m turning circle kerb-to-kerb.
The Citroen C2 Enterprise isn’t the most practical van in its segment and models like the Ford Fiesta van or Opel Corsa van offer more payload and load volume. Though, the C2 Enterprise is priced lower and it’s engine is at par with its competitors which makes it fairly capable of keeping its head up with dignity.
However, despite Citroen’s efforts to treat the driver well, the cabin still feels cramped. Yet we like the strong build quality and materials, while the overall road manners are at par with what you’ll usually find in this segment.