After seeing so many journo's rave about this car, we took one for a test drive and was appalled how poor it was. Firstly we have a C5 Estate and a Xsara Picasso so we are firm Citroen fans.
The driving position was terrible. I am only 5'11" but I found my head brushing against the silly sun visors, that you would have to have forward on any sunny day due to the massive screen.
The array of buttons around the steering wheel were plentiful and looked cluttered. It looked as though Citroen had been so busy putting in innovative bits and pieces that at last minute, someone remembered the cd player and squeezed in an old one left over from 15 years ago. The overall look was terrible and we nearly didn't bother driving it.
However upon ten minutes with the jerky paddle shift auto gearbox we were ready to get back to the dealership and look at replacing the Xsara Picasso with........another Xsara Picasso.
I can only assume that the Journalist's who rave about this car have got so caught up in the new gizmo's that they have forgiven its many shortcomings. We loathed this car!!!
I test-drove this car in the hope of buying one - I had read all the brochures and saw the adverts and it looked fantastic.
I was so disappointed when I drove it - what is going on with the automatic gearbox? The car lurched forward and back as it changed gear - I could not have had a worse drive if I was doing a bad manual drive.
Everything about the car was great and ticked all the boxes, but the gearbox was that bad it put me off buying this.
I can't believe Citroen has got it so wrong. It's a tragedy in the car world! Being a family person and having to do the school runs, it would have been a nightmare for me to drive.
I took delivery of the car on 7 February. Writing this a week on I'm still getting used to the car, but so far I'm very impressed.
The car is brilliantly designed and well finished. I'm just easing the engine in, but so far it pulls well and seems to have plenty in reserve. I tried out its full seven-seat capacity when my brother visited at the week-end and we all fitted in very comfortably.
This car was on my shortlist because it had all the features I wanted, but I bought it because it carries a 'wow' factor, much more so than the S-Max and the Mazda 5 that I was also considering. OK, it isn't a sports coupe, but it has a bit of character and plenty of nice features that add to the experience of owning and driving it.
Now had car since April 2007. Nearly 2 years old and 24,000 miles. I posted a review after I first purchased and was well pleased with the car. It is still a nice car to drive when running well. Averages 42mpg, servicing is every 20,000 miles and the costs very reasonable. However, I now I have to say, if it weren't for the credit crunch I would be seriously contemplating getting rid of it as I don't think it is a car which is built to last. I was initially full of enthusiasm for the EGS gearbox but my car is about to go back to the garage for the second time to have a new control unit fitted. After a year or so the car started juddering badly during low speed manoeuvres. The first time it was in for 2 weeks in July 2008 as the part could not be obtained. The fault has now returned. Although passengers keep asking what is wrong with the car as it lurches and judders along in traffic, it is still driveable, though hardly a pleasure. I have been waiting now 2 weeks for the offending control unit to arrive in order that it can be fixed for the second time. Don’t know how much it costs to supply and fit the offending control unit but if it needs this done at least once a year then I don't want the car when it is out of warranty. The parking sensors, lane warning departure system and tyre pressure monitoring system have all failed as well. So a good car but let down by electronic glitches. Wish I had waited for the fully automatic model. EGS is not the finished article.
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