Review Citroen C4 Airdream + New car

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Review of the new Citroen C4 Airdream +

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CITROEN C4 AIRDREAM +

(7.4 out of 10)

REVIEW DATE: 22 янв 2009

Citroen’s special edition C4 Airdream+ cuts costs and ups value for money at an opportune moment. Steve Walker reports.

CITROEN C4 AIRDREAM + NEW CAR ROAD TEST

The music reached a crescendo and suddenly the jostling, craning crowd were bathed in the strobing white light of a few hundred flash bulbs. This was the Citroen stand at the 2003 Geneva motorshow the moment the covers were pulled from the C-Airdream concept car. This graceful, powerful V6-engined coupe was to become one of the stars of the show with its advanced aerodynamics and sleek profile.

It was also the subject of prolonged speculation as to whether the French manufacturer would dare put anything this adventurous into production. It didn’t, and the glossy Airdream name has since been reappropriated to apply not to striking Citroen sportscars but to ordinary hatchbacks with low CO2 emissions. It’s a sign of the times, as is the Citroen C4 Airdream+ special edition.

Citroen’s Airdream initiative is a way for the brand to highlight its more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly products. Models qualify if they emit less than 120g/km of C02 in standard form, are fitted with a diesel particulate filter (and emit less than 165g/km of CO2), run on E85 bioethanol or have Citroen’s Stop Start technology installed. It now applies to a somewhat different group of vehicles to the original C-Airdream coupe concept but if you’re the sort who dreams about cleaner air rather than splicing through it at high speed, you should agree it’s apt.

The driving force behind the C4 Airdream+ is Citroen’s 1.6-litre HDI engine. This is the economical 92bhp version but as a result of its aptitude for pinching pennies, performance isn’t too thrilling. The 0-60mph sprint takes 12.5s and there’s a 112mph top speed but with 215Nm of torque, the engine can produce a handy mid-range punch.

The C4 isn’t one of the sharper handling hatchbacks but it is relatively comfortable and copes well with longer distance trips where the economy of the Airdream+ will really pay dividends.

The Airdream+ version of the Citroen C4 makes good use of the manufacturer’s economical 1.6-litre HDI engine

The initial impression when you hop behind the wheel of the C4 is that its makers may have overdone it on the innovation front. Digital read-outs shine back at you wherever you look and the centre of the steering wheel is fixed in position. Remarkably, however, once you get over the initial strangeness, everything works very well.

You only need to divert your eyes from the road slightly to pick up the wealth of information on the main dash-top display, which now incorporates a rev counter that, if you really get your foot down, flashes red at the limit, prompting you to change up.

If you look at the 2003 C-Airdream today, it’s clear that concept car has been a major influence on the development of Citroen’s current design language. The similarities are most evident around the rear of the 3-door coupe model which isn’t available in Airdream+ guise but the bonnet headlights and grille of the 5-door hatch also hold similarities.

Citroen C4

The interior is spacious with the 5-door body providing generous amounts of rear legroom and boot space. There are some handy storage options dotted about the cabin too.

The Airdream+ special edition is based on the standard SX model. That means it comes with 16 alloys wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, the scented air-freshener system and a ventilated, illuminated glovebox but the Airdream+ also adds rear parking sensors. It’s a decent haul for a full-sized family hatchback priced under £14,000.

Regardless of trim level, all Citroen C4 models receive ABS with EBD and brake assist, twin front and lateral airbags plus side window airbags. There’s a multi-function trip computer, a CD stereo, remote central locking, electric front windows, electric door mirrors and power steering.

Family hatchbacks that can match the 64.2mpg combined cycle fuel economy that the Citroen C4 Airdream+ achieves are few and far between. There aren’t even that many superminis that can come close to this car’s fuel economy. Together with emissions of 117g/km, it makes this a highly cost effective ownership proposition and one that will help buyers do their bit for the planet.

The Airdream+ version of the Citroen C4 makes good use of the manufacturer’s economical 1.6-litre HDI engine in a value for money package that should appeal to buyers seeking a family-sized hatchback at minimal cost. There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking about the car or its specification but its ability to make every penny count makes it a timely addition to the Citroen range.

The C4 isn’t at its most exciting in 5-door hatchback form with the sporty styling and sharper handling attributed reserved for the three-door coupe version but it is a very user friendly product. The interior still feels impressively high-tech and the best bit is that the technology for the most part seems to work.

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