litre 4 cylinder
speed manual FWD
hp @ 7,000 rpm
kgs / 3044 lbs
The Citroen C4 VTS was the top spec model of Citroen's C4 model
until it was discontinued in 2008. The C4 is available in many
different body styles, and with a multitude of different engines.
The C4 VTS however only came as a 3-door hatch, and the engine
on offer was a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder which produced 180 horsepower
and 149 lb-ft of torque @ 4,750 rpm.
The C4 VTS was very well equipped as standard, and it also came
with several unusual features and - at the time - advanced technology
unusually reserved for much more expensive cars. A lane departure
warning system detects if the car begins to stray from its lane
on the motorway (only when the indicators aren't activated),
and vibrates the seat to alert the driver. Another clever feature,
one which was often proposed by concept car designers back in
the 60s and 70s but rarely used on production cars, is the unusual
steering wheel design in which the outer rim turns but the middle
stays still. In the center section is a wide variety of buttons
for controlling everything from the radio and cruise control,
to the sat nav and hands-free telephone system. Add to that
a voice command system, LCD instruments and a digital speedo
and the interior was innovative from top to bottom.
The Citroen C4 VTS is equipped with a very capable chassis which
gives the car great handling and roll-free cornering. Some of
the criticism leveled at the car - and for the most part it's
fairly minor - is the stiff suspension setup which doesn't cope
well with bumpy or potholed roads, and a braking system which
can be over responsive and uncommunicative.
In the looks department the Citroen C4 VTS isn't the most exciting
of vehicles. However each to his own, and to be fair the C4
has won international design awards for its shape.
Similar and related vehicles:
Citroen DS4 (2011)