C4 1.6 Petrol Cool Coupe
A new owners perspective
Basket, 02 November 2007

I have had the car for 3 days now and it is one good buy.

I am parked next to a bright red new Astra 3 door hatch which I always thought was a real looker...Not any more! The boot and rear seats are fine. The coupe shape doesn't take away space although head room could be an issue for tall people. I have sat in the back for testing purposes and it is no worse than other cars of its size. The boot is acceptable for everyday use too.

The looks are certainly matched by the handling. It goes round corners very well and with control. The ride is also comfy and certainly no problems so far. I have total confidence in the corners and my only problem is going TOO fast!

The clutch and gear-change are light and easy. I have driven an auto for 3 years and I haven't even missed a gear. The steering is light and very positive but maybe too light and doesn't give much feedback. The brakes are still bedding in but don't seem to have the chomp of the test drives C4. I just hope in a few miles they do. But still OK.

The 1.6 petrol engine is more than acceptable and is giving enough even when still new. Smooth and quiet enough.

I have to say that anyone who test drives a C4 has to be impressed. Throw in the coupes looks and it has to be an easy sale.

The dashboard is fine and I have got used to all the bells and whistles pretty quickly. The radio and Air Con are, however, too low and it is impossible to use them without taking eyes of the road. The steering wheel is no issue and doesn't even become a distraction on the road.

The radio is good and the dash gives a talking point when showing friends and family around the car. It looks different and that is worth something in my book.

The let downs are there though. The glove box is small to useless and the little storage spaces are even worse. The lack of storage space is annoying and mobile phones and other gadgets end up on the passenger seat. Even the shelf under the passenger seat is too small and just fits my adapters.

The overall build quality is not perfect and it doesn't feel exactly solid. Some of the fittings such as the sun visors and glove box lid have a very thin feel to them. the plastics do give a slight impression of fragility more than I would have liked.

However, the car has worked as advertised and I am happy with the way it looks and drives. I am looking forward to getting to know the car more and enjoy it with every drive, Considering how little I paid for it, it is excellent value for money.

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