Citroen has treated its C4 family hatchback to a range of updates. The quiet, refined alternative to the Volkswagen Golf has been around since 2010, and the French brand hopes an improved engine lineup and subtle styling tweaks will keep things fresh.
Here we take a look at the five main areas where the Citroen needs to be at its best to compete in this competitive segment.
1. 2015 Citroen C4 styling
The looks of the C4 have always been rather inoffensive and hardly thrilling. The new-for-2015 changes do little to improve that. If you look closely enough, you’ll discover redesigned light clusters front and rear. Thanks to tweaked LED running lights, they produce a more distinctive light ‘signature’ at night.
Aside from a few smatterings of chrome trim, and an optional 17-inch alloy wheel design, everything is much the same as before. Two new colours are available, a metallic grey, and a darker metallic grey.
2. The cabin
In order to offer a fresh, more modern look, the interior has been simplified from the pre-facelift model. A large proportion of the dashboard buttons are replaced by a seven-inch touch screen, which deals with navigation and media functions. The quality of trim and plastics were commended on the car’s release back in 2010, and we’re sure the new version will still feel a nice place to spend time.
The trim levels have been renamed for 2015: they’re now Touch, Feel, and Flair, with new upholstery fabrics available for the Feel and Flair models. Optional extras include massaging front seats with electric lumbar support, and a 1.3m² panoramic glass sun roof. As with the old model, boot volume stands at 408 litres, and can be expanded further via the split/fold rear seats.
3. 2015 Citroen C4 engines
The C4 is offered with a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines. New to the C4 range is the pair of three-cylinder petrol engines, producing 110hp and 130hp respectively. The lower powered petrol is claimed to return 60.1mpg.
The three diesels come in 100, 120 and 150 horsepower flavours. The two lower-powered models use the same 1.6-litre block, while the 150hp range topper is a 2.0-litre unit. All but the most basic version of the 100hp diesel are fitted with Stop/Start technology, and return between 74.3mpg and 85.6mpg. All three engines are kind enough on the environment to fall into the lowest road tax bracket.
Each engine in the range is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 130hp petrol and 120hp diesel are optionally available with a six-speed auto.
4. The drive
The C4 has always been a car designed with comfort in mind rather than outright handling. Citroen has taken further measures to ensure the C4 is one of the quietest models in the class. The addition of improved seals around the doors, more absorbent engine mounts and a soundproofing film in the windscreen go hand-in-hand with the soft suspension and comfy seats.
5. 2015 Citroen C4 price
The petrol range starts from £17,645 for the 110hp variant, rising to £19,445 for 130hp petrol flair. The most expensive model is the 150hp diesel, which costs £20,045. The updated Citroen C4 range will go on sale in April.