The Citroen C4 is a family hatchback with cheap running costs and a comfortable ride. It’s in the same class, size wise, as the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf, but is priced a bit cheaper.
The C4 received a mild refresh in 2015 that updated the front and rear bumpers and added an optional £950 seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, yet the revised C4 still looks dated next to all-new rivals.
The interior quality, materials used, passenger space (rear legroom in particular) and functionality are behind the competition too. The soft seats are great for long-distance driving, but that’s the best bit about the C4’s cabin.
It does a good job of offering enough space for the family while undercutting similarly sized rivals
Most of the Citroen’s rivals sacrifice some ride comfort for a sharper drive, but the C4 does things the other way round – it heaves and wallows on very soft suspension. Good for comfort, but bad for anyone prone to car sickness.
The engine choice has some lively petrols and punchy diesels, but again they can’t match rivals on running costs or performance. Also, the electronically operated manual gearbox is best avoided.
Entry-level Touch models get cruise control and air conditioning, but no alloy wheels or touchscreen infotainment system.
When the C4 was launched in 2010 it was a worthy alternative to the established competition. However, the family hatchback segment has changed drastically in these six years and the C4 simply isn’t good enough to rival the class leaders. That’s fine if you go for one of the competitively priced basic models but makes less and less sense the further up the range you go. In fact, we would recommend waiting for the new model, which is set to follow the latest C3’s lead, with a premium interior and far improved levels of comfort.