The Citroen C2. This car may not be the average car enthusiasts first choice, but I quite like them! They're not a bad shape, and with some models having semi-automatic gears (with paddles) this is a great introduction for a new car driver or somebody wanting something sporty (1.1 Litre up to 1.6 Litre) on a budget.
First job was to visit the local car wash! This car came over from Holt (North Norfolk) so we gave it a clean before getting some snaps. It is a Manual 1.1 Litre and has very minor modifications (newer suspension and alloy wheels) - nothing enough to warrant a cry from an insurance provider. Many people needing four new tyres pop into Halfords and you can easily pick up a set of four Alloy Wheels with Tyres from around £250 in the original size/fitment. Personally if I owned a small car and only used it around town in dry weather - I can't see an issue buying a set of Alloy Wheels with Tyres, as opposed to spending the same amount for Tyres only at a Garage.
Exterior Clean out of the way, we headed towards Whapload Road (Lowestoft) to get a few pics. Unfortunately the sun had disappeared by the time I started this review, so the images aren't up to the usual standard. Driving this car around town wasn't a problem. For its smaller engine capacity it had no difficulty keeping up with the usual mix of cars ahead of me. I was more interested in the chassis over the power, because I have considered a 1.6 VTR Semi-Automatic model as a runaround for me and the dog.
Very nice. I love how this car feels on the road. Its small, lightweight, nimble, basically everything I look for in a Hatchback. I was really impressed at how well it handles corners and the odd 'excited' roundabout. It is a super cool base for a crazy project - especially a 1.6 VTR Turbo, utilizing Bosch ME7 engine management (original ECU protocol).
I quite fancy the shape. I'm sure there are plenty who see this as a little hairdressers piece of sh*# but I actually like it. For a 2005 model you can pick them up fairly cheap on eBay now, and I don't ever remember looking at one of these in disgust! It gets a thumbs up from me!
Well it wasn't diabolical.. but it isn't a powerful car as we know. Running approximately 60 horsepower from factory, it was never designed to race or be intended for such purpose. Full throttle was not as bad as expected - the car picks up speed okay, but in honesty wouldn't ever be enough for a long journey or Motorway driving. Speaking of Motorway driving, I really hate Lorry Drivers who think its clever to overtake each other on a Dual Carrigeway. This has nothing to do with the review so I'll stop my rambling!
This is a small engine vehicle, so no real comment can be made on the exhaust note - apart from the fact it is visible from the rear, which in my opinion adds to the 'sporty' look that these cars have.
I had a nice time driving this car, and would like to thank Thomas Fleming (Thomas Fleming Photography) for allowing me to borrow his trusty steed for a couple of hours! Thomas is one of our photographers at the FYC and EA Cruise 'Great Yarmouth Takeover' Static Events! You can search him on Google - or find his work by clicking this link -> https://www.facebook.com/ThomasFlemingPhotography <-
Nicholas Lawrence //ON CARS
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