While the first-generation C4 had a funky interior with digital readouts and a steering wheel with a static centre hub, the new car’s cabin is altogether more conservative.
The design of the dashboard might not be as appealing as the old C4 – it had a digital speedo sprouting from its top – but the C4’s interior is still a pleasant enough place to spend time in and there are some nods to the firm’s quirky heritage such as the instrument binnacle that lights up in a variety of colours and the mixture of analogue and digital dials. It can’t match a Golf’s logical layout, though.
The Golf is also the clear winner when it comes to build quality, where the VW displays a level of fit, finish and material quality that the C4 can only dream of – even if the Citroen is vastly improved next to its ancestors.
Given how ground-breaking other Citroens have been - and continue to be - it's a real disappointment to see the company come up with a cabin that is so instantly forgettable
The £460 infotainment system only comes standard on top-of-the-range models and includes live traffic information, European mapping and a Bluetooth phone connection. Top of the range models are the only ones to be offered with MirrorScreen – to replicate the display of your smartphone – but you’ll have to pay another £590 to get this kit fitted.
No matter which system you choose, the Citroen’s infotainment screen doesn’t replace as many conventional buttons as it would in a Golf, making the dashboard design seem a little messier as a result.