Citroen C4 review
One of the longest-running names in Citroen’s current line-up, the C4 range has had a varied history since it was first introduced to the market all the way back in 2004.
Some 11 years, two generations and a number of different offshoots and variants later, Citroen has turned its attention back towards the standard C4 with the introduction of a new facelift for 2015.
Designed to keep its appeal and relevance in one of the fastest-growing market segments, does the C4 still have what it takes to keep up with its rivals?
The facelifted C4 features an updated front end, with the signature Citroen chevrons now incorporated into the bonnet for a slicker, more modern look.
It’s certainly less frumpy looking than its predecessors, with a slimmed down design, a new LED lighting signature and the choice of new alloy wheels in various sizes, while its five-door layout makes it easy to get into and live with, and it also comes with Isofix fittings for attaching child seats.
On the inside, drivers are greeted by a sweeping new one-piece dashboard, which has been stripped of clutter and features a smartly-positioned centre console in the middle.
An all-new touchscreen infotainment system is included, which features DAB digital radio, navigation and hands-free phone functionality, while the cloth-upholstered seats are comfortable and supportive.
Three trim levels are available and standard kit across the board is more than decent, with even entry-level Touch models getting cruise control with a speed limiter, air conditioning and a CD player with an aux-in connection.
Range-topping Flair trims, meanwhile, come with tinted rear windows, chrome door mirrors and a host of other kit like rear parking sensors, a 12v socket for your phone and automatic lights and wipers. Buyers can also upgrade their cars with a range of optional extras like massaging seats, a large panoramic sunroof and a high-performance DENON sound system with subwoofers.
Despite being packed full of kit and unique features, the Citroen C4 is also plenty spacious for passengers, with plenty of legroom and headroom for even the lankiest of passengers, though specifying the optional sunroof can ever-so-slightly eat into headroom in the back seats.
However, it also comes with a 408-litre boot that’s one of the largest in the car’s respective market segment, and it’s dotted with a range of smart storage options like a large glovebox and door pockets that are big enough to fit a 1.5-litre bottle into.
On the road
On the go, the C4 offers an incredible relaxed drive courtesy of reworked suspension, which does a good job of ironing out tough bumps. The steering could be a little more responsive and can feel a little vague at speed, but if you’re in the market for something sporty, the C4 will never really pop up on your radar anyway.
As a commuter or family car, however, it’s composed, comfortable and refined, with a smooth drive and very little evidence of road noise on the inside, perfect for drivers who like as little fuss as possible.
Engine options include a choice of two petrol engines and three diesels, along with the option of both manual and automatic gearboxes. Our pick, however, is the turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder PureTech engine, which Citroen claims offers the same performance as a much larger engine despite its diminutive size.
In that respect, it’s hard to argue. Punchy, even at low revs, it offers 130hp of strong performance with a healthy dollop of torque that catapults the car forward when you put your foot down, and which is ideal for scooting ahead of traffic while overtaking on the motorway.
It’s also extremely quiet, particularly for a three-cylinder engine, and doesn’t create too much hassle, even at motorway speeds. Capable of delivering around 60mpg, it also emits only 110g/km of CO2, making it a very cost effective option indeed.
Although it mightn’t offer the most compelling drive around, if you’re in the market for a stylish and impressively capable family hatchback, the Citroen C4 does a pretty good job of it.
Some of its rivals might offer a little extra in terms of sportiness, driveability and stand-out features, but with a great list of kit, a massive boot and a range of frugal but entertaining engines, the C4 is one of the best all-round options on the market.
Available to buy now, the new C4 range is priced from £14,645 for the entry-level Touch trim. For more information, get in touch with your local Perrys Citroen dealership today!