Appealing to those who want all the fun associated with buying and running a performance car, in particular first time buyers, but without the financial burdens, the C2 VTS offers extraordinarily good value. With a recommended retail price of £11,995, the C2 VTS costs £1,000 less than the Saxo VTS at launch, yet it adds air conditioning, ESP and a CD player to the list of standard equipment.
In addition, it returns over 40mpg on the combined cycle, making fuel bills more manageable, and comes with an exceptionally low group 8 insurance rating. This compares to group 16 for the Renault Clio 182 and group 14 for the Saxo VTS, and means that younger drivers won’t be penalised by high premiums.
The C2 VTS is high on comfort as well as performance, meaning that owners are treated to an extremely high level of standard equipment, including air conditioning, variable power assisted steering, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, electric windows as well as a CD player with steering-mounted controls. Even rarer in this class, is the standard fitment of ESP (Electronic Stability Programme).
In addition, several great value optional ‘packs’ provide the opportunity to make life on-board even more pleasant. For £450, the C2 VTS can be specified with a Convenience Pack, which includes the highly practical sliding/folding rear seat modularity, rear parking sensors and heated/folding door mirrors. The Automatic Air Conditioning Pack offers digital air conditioning, automatic illumination of the headlamps and rain sensitive windscreen wipers for just £400.
For added peace of mind the VTS comes with a three year / 60,000 mile warranty plus a twelve year anti-corrosion warranty and a three year paint warranty. As well as long, 20,000 mile service intervals, maintenance/repair costs for the C2 VTS have been kept to a minimum thanks to research carried out alongside leading vehicle cost and repair agencies such as Thatcham (the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre).Published 20 August 2004