The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Not quite a family car, but so much fun!

Starting price: £7,695.00

The Pros

Size

Storage for a small car

Quick charge time

Park anywhere

Cons

No rear-view mirror

2 passengers

Intro

Ok, so let’s get passed the fact it’s not exactly a family car! We know! But we couldn’t resist test driving the Citroën Ami. Originally it wasn’t going to arrive on our shores, but Citroën have decided to test it over the water.

It’s classed as a quadricycle, so not technically a car, and you don’t need a full driving licence to drive it, just a CBT licence. With a maximum speed of 28 miles per hour and a range of 46.6 miles, you’re not going to go very far. Realistically the range is more likely to be 40 miles depending on the weather, but for day-to-day life that’s not bad. In all honesty, we felt like we were driving a golf buggy on a main road!

We found it great fun to drive, and we’d recommend not venturing on roads over 30 mph, unless you want to create a queue and be very unpopular! It does moves when you put your foot down at traffic lights, but the vehicles you originally left behind will soon catch you up!

Citroën offer 3 trims: Ami, My Ami Pop and My Ami Tonic. We would suggest avoiding the entry level and going straight for either the Pop or Tonic. With the entry level, you’ll receive an accessory kit, which contains all the stickers, internal storage parts and hooks for you to put on yourself – think a Lego kit or an Ikea flat pack! You’ll have to add all these components. Choosing the Pop or Tonic and these accessories will be added for you. There’s nothing worse than a wonky sticker!! It’s also worth noting, that there isn’t not much difference between the Pop or Tonic, except a few fancier stickers and a spoiler.

Charge time to charge the 5.4kWh battery is 4 hours with a 3-pin plug. So, for day to day use you’re looking at charging daily. This is something to bear in mind if you’ve no off-street parking.

Interior

Citroën have kept the interior of the Ami basic as you would expect. You won’t find an infotainment system or touchscreen, but you will find space behind the steering wheel to store a Bluetooth speaker and phone holder. Can’t tell you how excited we were when we spotted a USB port! (Will the phone be charging the car, or the car be charging the phone?!)

There’s no air con, but the little windows provide adequate ventilation when opened via a horizontal hinge. We test drove the car in the spring, so we couldn’t say how long it would take to clear the windscreen in the winter. It feels roomy inside and with the panoramic sunroof it feels lovely and light. Please don’t think us fools – but we couldn’t work out how to get out of the car! After a short drive, we wanted to stop and take our photos, but when we stopped, we realised we had no idea how to get out of the Ami! There didn’t seem to be a leaver, button or anything that resembled a mechanism to get out. Our eyes scanned the car in panic, hoping to avoid driving back to the garage and asking, very embarrassingly, for help to get out! Suddenly Claire noticed an orange strap to the left of the steering wheel – mmm – pulled it and phew – the door opened!

After managing to escape, the door opens the opposite way due to its rear hinge. This helps to keep costs down so that identical doors can be put on the car. The passenger door opens as normal.

Parking the little Ami is a piece of cake. There are 2 circular wing mirrors, but with the absence of a rear-view mirror, our salesman recommended purchasing one from Amazon. There are 2 buttons to switch between drive and reverse mode, again it felt very much like driving a golf buggy and we found it great fun when manoeuvring the Citroën into a space!

Seats & Passenger Space

2 seats are on offer in the Ami, so carshares and the odd playdate are out of the question. The driver’s seat can be moved forwards and backwards, but don’t expect to be able to recline it! We suggest a cushion for your back! Remember, this isn’t really a family car, so don’t expect ISOFIX points!

Leg room in the Ami isn’t bad considering its size.

Cups & Cubby

There’s a cupholder! Yes! It’s under the windscreen, so you will have to stretch to grab it, we ended up using the Bluetooth speaker holder instead. There are a few random storage compartments next to the cupholder too. One with a lid to hide bits and bobs, and then 2 other parts that look like Lego pieces – not quite sure what you’d put in those to be honest!

There are large storage pockets on the inside of the doors and one underneath the dashboard. There’s even space for a small “carry on” suitcase in front of the passenger seat.

Citroën have even provided a little orange hook to hang your bag.

Boot Space

There’s no boot in this car I’m afraid! But the Ami has 63 litres of storage internally which we have already reviewed above. Having said that, Citroën have just introduced the “My Ami Cargo.” It’s the same car as the Ami, but they have taken out the passenger seat to allow for extra storage; 260 litres to be exact. This option may not be the choice for a second family car, but the older generation might find this a fabulous alternative to any mobility vehicles out there.

Summary

So, what do we think? Well let’s be honest, its not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. It looks a bit odd and we can guarantee you’ll turn some heads. But for under £8000 and for as little as £19 a month on finance (that’s cheaper than some mobile phone tariffs), you can have a cost-effective, quirky, electric run around that will carry up to 2 passengers and provide adequate storage space for day-to-day life. There’s also a Facebook forum for the car, filled with tips and hacks to get the best out of the Ami – handy to know!

Please note, the Ami doesn’t score brilliantly on our star rating chart due to the lack of boot and on-board computer in the car. There’s also no NCAP safety rating.

Car seat used in this review: Graco booster basic (width 40cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

2410 (L) x 1390 (W) x 1525 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

Storage space in car – 63 litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

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Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

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Range - Kate and Claire

Range

46.6 miles

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-27.9 mph in 10 secs