2007 Citroen C2 VTS Loeb Edition 1.6 petrol
A cheeky little hot hatch to make you smile
Intermittent warning light concerning ESR switch.
This is my young daughter's car. I drive it only occasionally, however I have owned pretty much all the great hot hatches in my time.
The Loeb is a handsome, different looking little thing with its angular flanks and raked rise windows.
It's a city car sized, and while front occupants are well accommodated it is almost a 2+2, so small are rear seat footwells.
The dash and interior are interestingly designed, but plastics are scratchy quality and not nice to touch. All contact points are nice though with a cold allow gearknob and a lovely-feeling leather sports wheel.
Driving position is highly adjustable, and it's easy to get comfy. Seats are a bit squidgy for a sports car.
The engine fires up easily and the sweet clutch and easy gearchange make it fun to move away.
The ride is firm but supple, and the steering lightish but feelsome. It weights up nicely when cornering.
The engine, while not powerful at 125 BHP, is fizzy and willing. Thrash it mercilessly and the car snaps to attention and goes like stink. There is certainly a hint of Pug 106 GTi / Saxo VTS in the car's handling genes. It's the definition of old skool hot hatch.
It's not exactly a lightweight at 1100 kg, but feels light on its feet when driving.
All in all this is a bundle of fun without being scarily fast.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th April, 2017