Citroen C4 review (2011 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Citroen C4

Citroen C4

review (2011 onwards)

What – Citroën C4 1.6e-HDi VTR+

Image © Citroën

Image © Citroën

The engine range covers the popular bases. There’s a 1.4-litre petrol unit in the cheapest model plus turbo 1.6s of either 120hp or 155hp.

The diesels will be bigger sellers, with two turbo diesels of 1.6 and 2.0-litre capacity. The 1.6 e-HDi is a super-economy variant of the 110hp model.

This is a micro-hybrid, which sounds more exciting than it actually is. The diesel engine will cut out when you stop in traffic, to save fuel, and the alternator acts as a generator when you lift your foot off the throttle.

This gives a theoretical saving of 6mpg over the regular diesel. The £800 additional cost also gets you Citroën’s 6-speed EGS automatic transmission as part of the package, plus low rolling resistance tyres.

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There’s certainly no sense of compromise in terms of performance with the e-version of the C4. The engine pulls strongly and if you drive with a light foot the gearbox does its job quite well.

But Citroën’s EGS transmission isn’t like an old-fashioned automatic, and the faster you drive, the jerkier the gearchanges become. In the sportier petrol C4 with EGS, the changes border on the unacceptable.

The technology exists to do things much better than this with the so-called double-clutch gearboxes, but Citroën doesn’t offer these – yet.

But you can drive around the issues by changing gear manually using the paddles behind the steering wheel. Or just drive gently. In town the engine stop-start is so good that you don’t notice it happening.

Ride and handling

Image © Citroën

Image © Citroën

From the driver’s perspective, the C4 provides an ambience far above the outgoing car, and higher than most rivals too.

The driver can play with various options for the instrument lighting, and even choose from four different warning sounds. A 3D sound system is standard, so too is an emergency package that automatically telephones for help after an accident.

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Choose the right package and you’ll get electric seats with heating and massage, plus a full-length glass roof. It’s nice.

Citroen C4

The seats are comfortable, though without the plushness you might hope for. Legroom in the back is decidedly average, with the heavy rear pillars compromising daylight and visibility when reversing.

The C4 does come with one of the biggest boots in its class, with a decently low sill and height to stand medium cases on their side.

Economy and safety

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Economy is the big deal with the e-HDI. The figures suggest you can get 67mpg, a figure we find plausible in the right conditions.

Another milestone is the CO2. The figure of 109g/km is commendable, although there will be an even greener version before long with a 90hp version of this engine that produces just 99g/km.

As impressive as these figure are, the regular diesel returns 61mpg with a CO2 of 119g/km. And it comes with a manual gearbox that we much prefer.

The C4 has already been through the independent EuroNCAP crash test and comes out with flying colours. It’s particularly good at protecting children inside the car.

The MSN Cars verdict

If you like the styling, the interior, the child safety or the big boot, or even simply the whole idea of owning a Citroën, maybe C4 is the car for you.

But we ended up somewhat underwhelmed. Apart from these good points, it’s simply too average in too many areas. We’d hoped for more.

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