Living with the C4 Coupe 1.6i VTR in the city is quite a "Parissiene" experience. Sure, you won't exactly turn into someone who has trouble pronouncing "R's" correctly and sips caffe lattes with his pinky finger high in the air. You will, however, experience the French way of making cars.
Of course, nobody's going to use the panoramic glass sunroof to look around for other cars or parking spaces, but it somehow helps when driving through the city. With the sunroof included, the window surface all around the car is not that far from that of a hearse, or the Popemobile - no pun intended. The visibility is better than average, especially considering this is a three-door.
The real pain comes when trying to look through the rear windshield(s). As we mentioned before, the rear hatch is divided into two pieces which are situated at an almost 90 degree angle between them. Well, the line which divides the two pieces runs just about straight through your line of sight when looking through the rear windshield, a fact which obviously doesn't help rear visibility.
The exterior mirrors aren't exactly shaped for perfect visibility either, but their size somewhat compensates that, making them reasonably useable. Apart from the aforementioned, our test car was also equipped with front and rear parking sensors which we noticed had a bit of a delay. Not much, just enough to temper your right foot when parking.
As for the fuel consumption, considering this is a 152 horsepower compact which runs on gasoline after all, we were quite surprised. Designed in cooperation between the PSA Group and BMW, the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder managed to use only between 10 and 11 liters per 100 kilometers (US 21.4-23.5 mpg) in a crowded city during most of our five-day test drive.
The official fuel consumption given by Citroen officials is 9.8 liters per 100 kilometers (US 24 mpg) so we consider our figures to be quite an achievement considering this is a gasoline engine. Of course, if you're the "heavy right foot" type when starting from the traffic light those figures will become 12-13 liters per 100 kilometers (US 18.1-19.6 mpg).Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Oh man, this is hard. When I was younger and living in Eastern Europe I really had a huge crush on French cars and on Citroen in particular. There was just something quirky and... kinky, I might add, about those old Citroens with pneumatic suspension. A neighbor of mine had late-model CX as a daily beater and I remember lurking it in the dude's parking lot.
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