Citroën DS4 is the centre of attraction
I love attention and, yes, I know I am a bit of a diva. So driving the Citroën DS4 suited me just fine, with people turning and looking at me.
I thought, "yeah, the spotlight is finally on me".
But I soon realised the admirers were not looking at me, but at my ride.
From then on, it was a love/hate thing with the car, as we all know there can only be one diva in town!
To be fair, this vehicle is a looker - a stunning one. It looks as if it was meant only to be a work of art.
In fact the DS4 is like some beautiful piece of abstract art. It will get your heart racing even if you are not quite sure what it is. Except that like most art, it is beautiful, but not necessarily functional.
Take the back doors - they look like an entrance into some UFO.
The handles are right at the top of the door, which makes people think it's a three-door.
The windows are also vaguely disfunctional - - their design doesn't allow them to wind down proper;y, which is rather silly.
The smaller DS3 is more playful and daring with its shocking colours and a much edgier design.
The DS4, on the other hand, is a true big brother. It's classier, and looks as if it would be driven by a much older crowd.
It is very sophisticated and matches competitors, such as the Renault Megane GT Line and Ford Focus ST.
Unlike its competitors, though, the DS4 doesn't scream sports and funky; it just whispers exciting.
I had the pleasure of driving the 2.0 turbo diesel, and honestly, diesel is the future.
The fuel consumption on this baby is amazing, and it performs like a dream.
Unlike most sports versions, such as VW's GTI and Ford's ST, the DS offers something a little bit different. The car has been raised, rather than dropped like most of its counterparts, which flattens the millions of speed humps we have in this country like a dream. And it has a bit of an SUV feel about it.
It has everything a car in its league should have - electric front windows, a built-in Bluetooth, hands-free car kit, GPS, air conditioning and all the other goodies.
The South African market will only get the manual gearbox. The 1.6 petrol version starts at R254900, the 1.6 petrol turbo is R319900, and the 2.0 turbo diesel costs R319900, - fairly reasonable prices for this futuristic beauty.
All DS4s come with a three-year/100000km warranty and a five-year/100000km service plan. I also like the fact that the DS4's design does not compromise space; it has enough leg room for all passengers.
When it comes to storage, the boot is great, but there is a no cubby hole.
Overall, though, this is a fun car for those not afraid to be a little bit different.
It is a piece of art all right - an abstract one at that!