The Citroen C8 is a part of the Eurovan family. These are vehicles that are a part of the larger MPVs that are offered by European companies such as Peugeot, Fiat, Citroen, and Lancie. The C8 was manufactured in France at the Sevel Nord Factory. The first one was launched in the year 2004 and production of the vehicle stopped in the year 2014.
The first of the Eurovans were offered in the year 1994. These vans are a bit smaller than the American vans, similar to the Chrysler Voyager that was available in Europe as well. The Eurovans were only offered in one size. All of the Eurovans that were offered were very similar with the differences mainly being in the location of the headlights and tail lights, different wheel covers, different grilles, and the badging on the interior and exterior. These Eurovans received a mild facelift in the year 1998.
The gear lever of the Eurovan was located on the dashboard instead of on the floor and there is a hand brake located on the door of the driver’s seat. This allowed the middle console to be removed and opened up a passage area between the two front seats. The interior seating arrangement consisted of 2 fixed seats located in the front, with 3 individual seats in the middle that were removable, and the option of either 2 removable seats in the rear or a 3 seat bench.
The XU/XUD engine was used in the first generation of the Citroen C8. These were then replaced with the EW/DW engine. Each engine was mated with a 5 speed manual transmission.
The second generation was launched in the year 2002. While the wheelbase and floor plan remained the same, the exterior dimensions were increased. This increase of nearly 30 centimeters added a great deal to the interior volume of the C8. This new model had a more contemporary look about them as well as a more modern looking dashboard with gauges that are centrally mounted.
There were some differences between the versions of the Eurovan including the interior colors, the head lights and tail lights, and the rear sections and front fascias. Both the middle seats and the rear seats were now equipped with sliders so that they were more flexible. The backs were also made to be adjustable. There was a 3rd row bench seat available.
Once again in the 2nd generation the engines were different versions of the EW/DW. Transmission options included a five speed manual transmission or a four speed automatic transmission. In the late part of the year 2004 there was an option for a six speed manual transmission added in the United Kingdom market.
For those who are looking for a larger vehicle that is packed with value, the Citroen C8 is definitely worth considering. The C8 offers a lot of comfort, a spacious interior, and many family friendly features such as the side doors that slide open. The higher models offer many great equipment standards.
Overall, the Citroen C8 offers a safe, roomy, practical family vehicle for up to 7 individuals. However, the controls of the vehicle will take a bit of getting used to. When it comes to taking it on a trip, the vehicle will fit seven people, but this leaves very little room for luggage.
For those that are in the market for this type of vehicle, the C8 is a good choice as it comes at a very good value for its practicality.