Irregular revolutions (revs):
Engine revolutions pendulum from 1000 to near stalling, and on occasion it stalls mostly whilst idling, but occasionally the effect has been noticed whilst driving. I've taken back to the dealer who downloaded an update from the Internet and promptly uploaded it into the EMS (Engine Management System) that controls the revolutions. This solved the problem for a while, but it has unfortunately resurfaced all-be-it with less frequency. The car is booked in again for further investigation.
I was disappointed that the condition of the car as delivered was poor. It had scratches on the dash; muddy footprints on the floor carpet and polish stains on the rear seats, plus lots of unfinished polish results, i.e. speckling of polish inside on the plastic trim. I had these issues resolved by the dealer when I took her back for the EMS update, however, I was only prompted to do so after a call from Citroen Customer Services.
A lot of fun to drive:
Put your foot down and you won't be disappointed. It would appear that the French like to have sprightly performance from their cars. Like my previous car, the AX, the drive is fast and fun.
The ride is again very French, soft and comfortable, although the VTR has harder suspension and thus corners much better than lesser models and its predecessor. It's hard to get the tyres to squeal when negotiating a corner, but believe me they do eventually. Far less roll than expected going on my previous French car (AX and 106) driving, but again that is most probably due to the VTR's sporty suspension.
I've taken to 100mph on a suitable stretch of motorway, despite it being a short wheelbase car; she handled the speed with grace. The fact that 8 valve engines produce max power at lower revolutions is a credit to the VTR's ability to accelerate whilst climbing the steepest of hills, leaving all manner of other cars behind. There was plenty more power available and nothing less than aggressive BMW and Audi executive drivers could move me.
No town car should be produced without power steering. Thankfully the VTR has not been left out. The pain of trying to fit into the tightest spaces that once besought the AX and 106 in yester year has been irradicated.
The styling is perfect:
It's subtle yet just aggressive enough to make the VTR and VTS look mean; again it sings Frenchness, arrogance, and performance to boot. The alloys are by far, in my opinion, the sexiest I've seen (if a little small, only 14 inch) with only the Peugeot 306 similarly shaped and spoke versions being as attractive.
Sporty wide wheel arches and classic understated spoiler coupled with a polished chrome tail pipe (bolted on; not the entire exhaust) make the exterior styling look good without making it look like a boy-racer wanna-be!
Interior cloth is a let down:
Shame about the interior cloth styling. I would have liked the option for leather or at least a choice of interior cloth, but none was on offer, instead the charcoal grey / black with colour speckle was the default. It's palatable, not garish by any means but not exactly perfect either.
AX converts will feel at home:
The rest of the interior is very similar to the original AX, with the same controls, layout etc. The can / cup holders on the reverse of the glove box door is a clever and useful addition.
Buckets of comfort:
The bucket seats provide firm grip and comfort, but could benefit from some increased support in the lumber region, especially on long journeys. Adding a cushion or similar may help.
Sun is shining:
Forget the hot beating sun through the sunroof, because this time round Citroen have added a rigid blind that pulls underneath the glass sunroof. Also the sun roof can be either opened ajar which is perfect for keeping the car cool without affecting the alarm or it can be drawn right back providing maximum air cooling.
The pedals appear to be too close upon the first few drives, but your brain unconsciously re-adjusts your driving and you no longer notice in next to no time. The dash is clear and easy to read. The stylish white dials have no ill effect in the dark; instead they simply become light green.
The headroom may be limited, but my legs never feel cramped either when driving or as a passenger, in the front or back. The whole car appears bigger than the AX and the boot managed to fit an 8-man frame tent and food. With the rear seats folded down, an entire pedal cycle support kit (two huge tool boxes), an 8-man framed tent, a full-size mountain bike, four bike wheels, two sleeping bags, food, another tent (two-man) and other items fitted comfortably in with little obscuring of vision from the rear-view mirror.