Conduct a road test by actively seeking out jams and slow-moving traffic? It may sound crazy, but it’s just the thing to try out Citroën’s new C2 Stop & Start. We’ve been here before, of course, with the C3 Stop & Start, and its baby sister is very similar, but smaller.
With up to 30 per cent of every urban car journey spent stationary, a system that switches the engine off when you come to a halt and restarts it the moment you lift off the brake pedal seems like a wise idea. British drivers don’t seem to agree, though: we’ve bought just 350 C3 Stop & Starts in the past 16 months.
So why should Citroën bother with a C2 version? Because it can. The 90bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine and Sensodrive gearbox are lifted straight from the C3, and Citroën is confident that the smaller car will enjoy higher sales – around 1000 a year – with environmental concerns becoming increasingly high-profile.
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