Just like the VW "Beetle" was the "people's" car, so was the 2CV. But they were very different. The VW was heavier, had more power, and was finely finished. It was rear-engined, rear drive, while the 2CV was front engined and front drive. The 2CV's design was more spartan, but roomier. The 2CV had a superior suspension which demonstrated excellent road manners, including off road terrain where the VW couldn't tread..