French connection video: Citroen Ami meets the 2CV

Published: 02 July 2021

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The Citroen Ami is a pretty radical reinvention of the city car – reimagining back-to-basics urban transport, in a way that brought to mind the revolution ushered in by the original 2CV which mobilised France after the Second World War.

So when we got our hands on the only Ami in the UK, we thought we should unite these two pioneering small Citroens. Watch the video above to hear what Tim Pollard thought of this pair, separated by seven decades of time but much less in spirit. 

Driven: full Citroen Ami review by Gavin Green

From their pared-back interiors and super-simplistic engineering principles, to their form-follows-function design and limited power outputs, these two shatter existing preconceptions of what basic motoring is, with intriguing results. 

The Citroen Ami is wantonly simple and handicapped by its 28mph top speed. But do you need to go faster in Britain’s congested towns and cities? The 2CV meanwhile is as striking for its pillowy ride and roomy packaging as it is for its snail-like silhouette.

Along the way, Pollard takes a wrong turn and diverts into the empty Bauer Media offices – discovering that the Ami reaches parts of the city that other cars cannot reach.

Enjoy the video and be sure to sound off in the comments below!

Reaching the parts of the city other cars cannot reach: the Citroen Ami inside Bauer Media HQ

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet