MikeT wrote: ↑
01 May 2018, 13:24
I passed by a Citroen C-zero which caused a double-take.
Head-on, it looked like a bubble-car had mated with a smart-car.
That would be a fair assessment.
Head on the styling is not the greatest. I think the side profile is kinda attractive though, in a quirky way.
With it's rather large windscreen, the two occupants looked exposed and I noted they were practically rubbing shoulders with no space between them.
It is a narrow Kei car after all. I find I still have plenty of shoulder room beside a passenger, however my wallet in my right jeans pocket rests against the armrest on the door.
As for exposed it gets a very respectable 4 star NCAP rating, considerably better than the 1.5 stars of my Xantia.
I've watched the NCAP video for it and it is quite impressive for such a small car. I've heard that most of the body is HSLA (high strength steel) rather than mild steel, but I don't know for sure if this is true.
It also has seat side airbags and curtain rail airbags as well as the usual two at the front, I'm sure that helps too. Remember there is no engine in the front (it's under the boot at the rear) so the entire front of the car is crumple zone.
So despite its tiny size it is a fairly safe car to be in.
A Speak EV member crashed his i-miev recently, the other car was an instant writeoff, unable to drive and severely damaged, his i-Miev had damaged plastic bumpers and a modest dent in the rear quarter - he kept driving it for another 2 weeks until the insurance company decided to write it off as they didn't want to fix it!
On the plus side the payout was more than he paid for the car a year ago.