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Citroen C4 VTS

Broadcast dates : 14th August 2005
20th August 2005

Few would argue that the new Citroen C4 is futuristic. That goes double for the three-door VTS model, the top performer in the range.

A moon-bubble roofline, reverse-slant rear windows, future-shock alloy wheels, and a dramatic wing all add up to a spacey concoction.

The galactical theme of the C4’s interior is given the strongest voltage from the steering wheel. The centre portion, or hub, remains stationary when the wheel is turned.

There’s nothing new about digital speedos and rev-counters – they’ve been around since the 1980s – but they suit the character of the VTS. Which, incidentally, is capable of a fair turn of speed.
The VTS runs on large-diameter alloys and low-profile tyres. And while we’ve been critical of the ride and handling of Citroens recently, this sporty model has a good mix of stability and ride comfort.

Despite a fairly short wheelbase, the C4 VTS rides bumps well, with no sign of choppiness.

There’s nothing overtly Star-Wars-ish about the engine. In fact, apart from some badge-engineering on the valve cover, it’s identical to the unit found in the Peugeot 206 GTi 180 and the 307 CC.

Peugeot and Citroen have been joined at the hip since Peugeot took over the Citroen concern some years ago and many mechanical components are shared across both marques.

Suspension is conventional by Citroen standards, with MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam and trailing arms at the rear.

And the transmission is a straight five-speed manual, profiled towards good 0-100 times with a particularly tall second gear.

In fact if you run the C4 VTS right up to its cut-out at 7300 revs, it’ll take you close to a 110 kilometres-per-hour in second.

Third, fourth and fifth are fairly widely spaced, and the C4 has a long-legged cruising gait in fifth gear, with the speed limit achieved at around 3600 rpm.

Fuel consumption is rated at 8,6 litres per hundred by the manufacturers, which should be achievable as long as you don’t spend all day at the redline.

0-100 is a claimed 8,6 seconds, and top speed is 215 kilometres per hour.

Reasonable figures, but not quite in the Volkswagen GTi league, which is where this car will be judged.

It should be noted that the similarly-priced Golf and Opel GSi Turbo are a full second quicker to one hundred than the VTS at sea level, and both these cars have an extra pair of doors without compromising their sporty style too much.

Gugu tends to feel, when all is said and done, that the Citroen places style ever-so-slightly ahead of performance.

Citroen C4 2,0 VTS
  • Engine:  Four-cylinder petrol, 1 997 cc
  • Power: 130 kW @ 7 000 rpm
  • Torque: 202 Nm @ 4 750 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 8,6 seconds
  • Top speed: 215 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 10,3 litres/100 km (claimed figures) 
  • Price: R249 995

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