Since it was launched back in 2004, the Citroen C4 duo (five-door and three-door Coupe) has had a whole series of very well done commercials where one of the two cars was rapidly transforming into a giant robot. Those commercial's tag line was "Alive with technology". While not many people took that ad literally, including us, the C4 Coupe we tested was pretty much the epitome of the commercial.
The "Lane Departure Warning System" takes care of the car's passenger by alerting the driver via a gentle – albeit a bit unexpected – vibration in the seat whenever the marking line on the road is crossed without using the turn signals. That feature alone should keep our very own Mary occupied rapidly switching between lanes on the highway.
Our test car was also equipped with light and rain sensors for the headlights and the windshield wipers, consequently. We have expressed our opinion on these two options before, so we won't do it again. Plus, it's better to have them then not to.
A very nice feature resided in the HID headlights with a directional function, thus making night driving much safer. Interestingly, this futuristic feature was also part of the Citroen DS array of options in the late 1960s. Another interesting gadget – especially for all the ladies out there - is the automatic perfume dispenser, a feature for which you can pay thousands if you check it on a Maybach option list. Sadly, we didn't get to try it out since the one in our test car was empty of perfume.
Other than the gadgets already mentioned, probably the most eye-catchy is the fixed-hub steering wheel. Having quite a button-cluttered appearance, the center hub can be used by the driver to control quite an impressive array of functions around the car, including the very helpful and responsive cruise control system. Except when turning the wheel, obviously, since the buttons always remain in the same spot, while your hands don't. To top it all off, our car was also equipped with a satellite navigation system that stores maps on mini SD cards. Pretty fancy for a compact hatch, huh? Continue reading