Citroen C4: A Comfortable and Distinctive Hatchback
The Citroen C4 is a hatchback that combines the style of a coupe with the practicality of an SUV. It is designed to offer comfort, refinement and aerodynamics, as well as a range of petrol, diesel and electric powertrains. But how does it compare with other family cars on the market?
Design and Features
The Citroen C4 stands out from the crowd with its unique shape and details. It has a sloping roofline, raised ground clearance, large wheels and protective cladding around the lower edges. The front end features a distinctive grille and LED headlights, while the rear has a spoiler and split tail lights. The C4 also comes in various colours and personalisation options.
The interior of the C4 is spacious and modern, with a minimalist dashboard and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The seats are designed to provide maximum comfort and support, with soft materials and adjustable lumbar support. The C4 also has a large boot of 380 litres, which can be expanded to 1250 litres by folding the rear seats.
The C4 is well equipped with standard features such as automatic air conditioning, cruise control, lane keeping assist, rear parking sensors and wireless smartphone charging. Higher trims add features such as a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors and a reversing camera.
Performance and Efficiency
The Citroen C4 offers a choice of three petrol engines, two diesel engines and an electric motor. The petrol engines are all 1.2-litre three-cylinder units with different power outputs: 100 hp, 130 hp and 155 hp. The diesel engines are 1.5-litre four-cylinder units with either 110 hp or 130 hp. The electric motor delivers 136 hp and 260 Nm of torque.
The petrol engines are smooth and responsive, with the 130 hp version being the best balance of performance and economy. It can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 9.4 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. It also has a claimed fuel consumption of 50.2 mpg and CO2 emissions of 128 g/km. The diesel engines are more efficient, with the 110 hp version achieving 60.1 mpg and 122 g/km.
The electric motor provides instant acceleration and a silent ride, with a range of up to 217 miles on a single charge. It can be recharged to 80% in 30 minutes using a rapid charger. It also has zero tailpipe emissions and lower running costs than the petrol or diesel engines.
The Citroen C4 is an extremely refined family hatchback, both in terms of its lack of engine, road and wind noise, and the very plush feel of its ride. It has a suspension system that uses hydraulic cushions to absorb bumps and potholes, making it very comfortable on uneven roads. The steering is light and precise, while the brakes are strong and progressive.
The C4 is not the most engaging or fun car to drive, though. It lacks the agility and feedback of some rivals, such as the Ford Focus or the Mazda CX-30. It also tends to lean in corners and feel unsettled at high speeds. The C4 is more suited for relaxed cruising than spirited driving.
The Citroen C4 is a good family hatchback, but not the best option for those prioritising practicality, efficiency and a degree of driving fun. Its funky coupe-crossover styling will attract some buyers, but once past the C4âs stylish veneer itâs clear that it will struggle to compete with the very best in class. Its real strength, however, is in how distinctive it is to drive and be driven in â thanks to its excellent and very well-honed comfort and refinement.