Citroen C4 Review
New Citroen C4 places style front and centre in a world of bland rivals.
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Citroen has rediscovered its mojo and is making funky cars once again, at least if models such as the new Citroen C4 are anything to go by.
The new Citroen C4 is a family hatchback similar to the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, but as with many models in the Citroen range, it’s not as traditional as those cars. It has a few elements of SUV styling, for example, and there’s even a coupe-like roofline at the rear.
There’s a new set of LED lights that have a different look to previous Citroens – it’s sharper and bolder than before. It also has a much more sporty shape than other Citroens, which tend to have a softer, more rounded look. It’s more in line with other sharp-styled models that are a similar price, such as the SEAT Leon.
The Citroen C4’s interior isn’t as unusual as the one in the old Citroen C4 Cactus nor the C3 Aircross. It’s more traditional, with dark, soft-touch materials and a large 10-inch media system with sat-nav and smartphone connectivity.
The dash has a more dramatic design as well, with sweeping lines rather than the flat and practical set-up in other Citroens. There’s also a digital dial display and wireless smartphone charging available as part of the infotainment system.
However there is also a lower section of the boot.
There are four trim levels: Sense, Sense Plus, Shine and Shine Plus, although the electric e-C4 does without the entry-level specification.
All models come with LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 10-inch infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and dual-zone climate control.
Move up to Sense Plus and you get a head-up display, sat-nav, a tablet holder on the dash, an auto-dimming main mirror and a reversing camera. Shine models get more safety kit including traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and blind spot assist. You also get keyless go on this model, and e-C4 versions have a heated steering wheel.
Shine Plus is the top-spec model and features a premium stereo system leather seats with electric adjustment and heating, four USB sockets and wireless smartphone charging.
It looks like the illegitimate child of an SUV and a fast coupe, and certainly stands out from the family hatch crowd.
The C4 has plenty of choice when it comes to engines. Alongside the electric-only e-C4 model, there are three petrols and two diesel models.
The 1.2-litre three-cylinder PureTech petrol model is available with 100hp, 130hp and 155hp, and the diesel is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder with either 110hp or 130hp. The 100hp petrol and 110hp diesel are manual only, while the 155hp petrol and 130hp diesel are auto-only. On the 130hp petrol you can choose which gearbox you want.
The Citroen C4 and e-C4 will go on sale in early 2021, and will cost from £20,990 for an entry-level 100hp petrol car with a manual gearbox. The range goes all the way up to £28,240 for a top-spec auto diesel.
For the Citroen e-C4, prices start at £29,180 (after the government grant for EVs is applied) and go up to £31,330.
We’ll be driving the new Citroen C4 very shortly, so check back soon to find out what it’s like.