Test Drive Citroen Ami Buggy, A Rare Electric Car with the Taste of a Golf Cart

Jakarta

A four-wheeled manufacturer from France, Citroen officially introduced a tiny electric car called the Citroen Ami Buggy in Indonesia, Thursday (17/11/2022). Even though it hasn’t been sold yet, they provide opportunities for media crews including detikOto to test drive or test drive Citroen Ami Buggy.

Citroen Ami Buggy is a super rare car that is labeled ‘ultra limited edition’. It’s just a fluke, the electric vehicle is only available 1 unit in Indonesia and 50 units in the world.

Well, fortunately, we had the opportunity to try out the Citroen Ami Buggy in the GIOI courtyard, Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK), North to experience this super rare car firsthand. So that you are not curious, let’s break down the driving sensations one by one!

Test Drive Citroen Ami Buggy

Driving Position

Dimensionally, the Citroen Ami Buggy is smaller than the Wuling Air EV electric car. The vehicle is 2,410 mm long, 1,390 mm wide and 1,525 mm high. That is why, tall people may feel cramped in the cabin space.

Citroen Ami Buggy.Citroen Ami Buggy. Photo: Septian Farhan Nurhuda / detik.com

The detikOto tester, who is 170 cm tall and weighs 67 kg, still feels comfortable in the cabin. What’s more, the position of the seat is usually adjusted slightly forward and backward. However, those with a height of 185 cm and above may feel cramped inside.

Citroen Ami Buggy uses seats with plastic material covered with cushions. Although not too thick, but it already feels quite soft. Meanwhile, to keep things concise, the vehicle uses buttons to change the transmission and the instrument panel is made very minimalist.

performance

Citroen Ami Buggy is not a fast electric car suitable for speeding. This vehicle is designed for casual use in residential areas, tourist attractions, and other entertainment locations.

Not only that, this car also feels easy to use or easy to drive. In fact, according to Citroen, Ami Buggy is suitable for use by teenagers from 14 years to 77 years old.

Citroen Ami Buggy appeared in Indonesia.Citroen Ami Buggy appears in Indonesia. Photo: Septian Farhan Nurhuda / detik.com

This rare car uses a 6 kW electric motor that is only capable of producing 8 horsepower and a maximum speed of 45 kilometers per hour. We had the opportunity to “gaspol” the vehicle on a straight track for 300-350 meters and reached a top speed of 42 km/hour.

Even so, Ami Buggy has a pretty good trap. When the gas pedal is pressed deeply, the car immediately gives a fairly strong beat. However, considering the maximum speed is only 45 km / h, his breath is not too long.

Ami Buggy himself uses a battery with a power of 5.5 kw. This provision allows the car to drive up to a distance of 70 kilometers.

Handling

Citroen Ami Buggy weighs no more than half a ton or 500 kilograms. That is why, the vehicle feels light and easy to control. Not only that, when used to twist, the car also feels obedient and quite responsive.

However, considering that the steering wheel is not equipped with power steering, turning it feels quite heavy and stiff. Reportedly, it was designed that way for casual use on public streets.

Citroen Ami Buggy appeared in Indonesia.Citroen Ami Buggy appears in Indonesia. Photo: Septian Farhan Nurhuda / detik.com

The turning radius of the Ami Buggy’s front tires is also very limited. In fact, to do a round or u-turn on a 3 meter wide road, we have to do it back and forth first.

While the suspension of the Citroen Ami Buggy feels quite comfortable and fits the size of a small car. This fact is actually not too surprising, considering that Citroen is known for its superior suspension.

Conclusion

After trying it briefly and making two laps with a distance of approximately 1 kilometer, we feel that the Ami Buggy is more suitable to be called a recreational vehicle, not a reliable general car used on congested highways. In fact, on a number of occasions, the car feels like a golf cart.

Citroen Ami Buggy appears in Indonesia.Citroen Ami Buggy appears in Indonesia. Photo: Septian Farhan Nurhuda / detik.com

Erratic course, in addition to easy operation and limited speed, Ami Buggy has an open body character. So, the driver can feel exposure to the wind from outside the cabin.

This vehicle is designed for casual use and short distances. In fact, in Europe, to drive an Ami Buggy, drivers don’t need to have a driver’s license and can be under 17 years old.

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