I had this car on an extended test drive, being an owner of the softly riding and refined Citroën C5. The exterior and interior are both, in my opinion, gorgeous. The car looks particularly good in black or white. The cabin is stylish and beautifully finished. The Hdi engine is refined and quite powerful, driving position good, visibility generally good, though less so to the rear. The "cockpit" style driving position feels more claustrophobic than the average saloon, but you feel quite special driving this car. Gear change is slick, radio good, satnav not the best. I don't see much point to the flattened off bottom of the steering wheel - pure styling, I would have thought. There has been plenty of discussion online about the firm ride of the car. I agree that it takes a bit of getting used to if you have come from another Citroën, but it does make the car feel more nimble and less cushioned/wallowy than a C5 on steel springs, for example. Overall it is no firmer than BMW 3 and X3 I have ridden in. On flat tarmac it's fine, but it can sound a bit thumpy over rough tarmac and potholes. I would try to get 17" wheels if I could and avoid 19". Handling and steering felt fine, but then I'm not a racy driver. Overall, it's a question of whether the beauty and originality of this car trumps the firmer than average ride for a Citroën. I would say it does - just.
Steve Smith, North Yorkshire, September 8th 2013