Worryingly, my actual model doesn't get listed. I own a 56 1.6 VTR+ Coupe (3dr). Owned it since new and have only managed 4500 miles to date. You expect some gremlins with a new car - electronic petrol display showing that I gained fuel for every mile driven (if only it were true!),resolved by a reboot!. Wind noise from the drivers window, resolved by adjusted door rubbers. Rattling passenger door, two replacements fitted and it continues (got used to it now and don't 'hear' it any more). Exhaust rattled, buffers adjusted and resolved. Otherwise, it has been a dream to own and drive. OK, it isn't as responsive in low gears as my wifes Focus 1.6 and there is an obvious delay when I put my foot down in first gear to nip out of side roads, but all in all a comfortable and reliable ride. Sleek design, I wanted a narrower cabin and I don't need a mammoth boot, it is sufficient to fit my childs buggy, change bag, shopping and the usual 'boot stuff'. My only real gripe is the seals. The cold penetrates this car like it was a tent - many a winter morning I have found ice and/or condendsation on the inside of the windscreen. When I check my wifes car, the inside is ice free. Citroen said to keep the air con on to reduce the effect of my breath humidifying the inside! Oh and i'll hold my breathe as well shall I? I've been a Vauxhall and Ford man all my life, I dabbled in Citroen because I fancied a change. It's been interesting. I'm not sure how much I like change!
5000 miles in 3 months and on the whole I have been very pleased. I use it for business and commuting and I have a mixed motorway/B road journey. I would say it is happiest when cruising on the motorway with little intrusive noise though on some roughly laid roads the tyre noise can be a bit wearing. It took a while to find the perfect seat position due to fiddly adjusters but once found it offers a very comfortable position, I am close to 6ft 5” and have no complaints. I have the found the dash board layout very easy to navigate and I do like the fixed hub as it works well and makes perfect sense with all the controls within easy reach. The stereo, dual cc, cruise control etc are all of class standard and having owned VW, Ford, Seat etc I cannot say the interior is any worse or better, all having their strength and weaknesses. Performance is adequate though not exciting, pulling best in 3rd and 4th and the engine noise not too intrusive. Handling and ride is good though hit a bump mid corner and you will feel it shoot through the cabin. One or two minor rattles in door and seat belt adjuster, hoping to get sorted at service, finger crossed!
Have owned this car for 8 months and now done just over 8000 miles, just come back from 2500 mile holiday to Italy, averaging 57/58 to gallon and wasn't driving like my granny. 650 miles and 10 hours in the seat is a good way of testing comfort. Nothing has fallen off yet and everything still works. The only problem is the headlamp 'protectors' you need to put on for beam deflectors; these rubbish items cost £55 and are prone to breaking, made in Australia! It's probably a bit cramped for a family but fine for 2 people, black wasn't the best colour choice but that's my fault.
See my review off the vtr+ 1.6HDI 16v. I had this when mine was in getting fixed (that'll be every other day!!). Overall was very smooth, lovely smooth petrol engine but not quite enough power for such a heavy car, but it does do the job - noisey at motorway speeds. SX feels alot more plasticy (awfull steering wheel in all models - but more so without the leather) inside than top spec vtr+. Its not really as quirky as its made to look. Build quality still falls behind all of Citroens rivals. Bor 10k you'll get the basic vt model with comfy mid size family car appeal and a reserved parking spot at the Citroen dealership!
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