30th Mar 2004, 20:10

I'm thinking of the Furio 1.4 Sensodrive.

Though strangely at the moment, the more expensive SX Sensodrive with air con is discounted cheaper online.

I like the extra sporty look of the Furio.

E.g. www.drivethedeal.com

The exterior syling is ace, with the best bits of a Ford Focus, Audi A2 and new Fiesta headlamps; well sort of.

However the interior trim is a bit bright for my liking, almost takes out my retinas! Don't particular care for the interior translucents either, especially on the interior door grabs... it just reinforces the fact you are touching plastic. I much prefer rubber to be here.

Seats are very comfy, steering wheel is more or less dead straight with the seat (many small cars have the steering wheel offset a bit).

A black Furio would be nice :-)

11th May 2004, 16:59

Just bought a Furio Sensodrive a few weeks ago. Have to say I'm very impressed with the car so far at any rate. Performance wise it's a bit slower than my previous car, a VW Golf 16V, but having said that, it's still nippy enough when you get the revs up... Plus I've gone from group 15 to Group 3 insurance, so am saving a hell of a lot of money on insurance costs.

The Sensodrive gearbox takes a bit of getting used to, it's not as smooth as a conventional automatic, but then again you have more control with the sequential transmission. Around the city the full auto mode makes the car a doddle to drive, though I tend to switch it off on the open road.

The car is a real head turner, I've never seen so many people stop and stare!!!

Oh, I managed to get a great deal from a Citroen main dealer... a few hundred less than the best price quoted on Drivethedeal.com.