Citroën C4 hatchback
Price £14,825 - £20,780
- Big boot
- Very comfortable
- Great value for money
- Dull to drive
- Cramped rear seats
- Sluggish petrol engines
At a glance
"The Citroen C4 isn’t the most exciting car, but it offers good value for money, low running costs, great practicality and comfort."
The Citroen C4 is a family hatchback that goes head-to-head with such well-known names as the Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus. Although it's fuel-efficient and has a reasonable amount of standard equipment, the French model doesn’t come off particularly well in that contest. It's not as good to drive as it's rivals and doesn’t hold its value very well on the secondhand market. At least Citroen dealers are generally willing to strike a good deal if you’re prepared to haggle.
Another upside of the C4 is its comfortable and well finished interior. That gels well with the overall fell of the car, which is best suited to relaxed cruising and everyday driving rather than having fun on your favourite back road.
Engine choice is decent: buyers can pick from several petrols and diesels. We’d recommend the latter if you’re a frequent long-distance motorway driver, but otherwise the PureTech 130 petrol is the pick of the bunch. It makes the C4 fairly brisk while still managing up to 60mpg fuel economy if you drive carefully. A good all-rounder, then, but unfortunately it's only available in pricey top-of-the-range Flair specification. Best of the diesel is the BlueHDi 120, which offers similar performance to the petrol but can approach 80mpg fuel economy, so it's very cheap to run.
Inside, you get supportive seats and high-quality materials, while wind and road noise are well surpressed, making for a stress-free driving experience on most types of road. More disappointing is the fact that, while the C4 is spacious up front, room in the back seats and boot is less impressive.
The C4 range encompasses three trim levels: Touch, Feel and Flair from cheapest to most expensive. The Touch boasts air-con, height adjustable front seats, hill-start assistance and cruise control as standard, which isn’t bad, but we’d recommend Feel. That's because it adds smarter-looking alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio to the mix. Flair specification is harder to justify: you get rear electric windows, rear parking sensors and seven-inch touchscreen, which are nice but hardly essential features.
Despite the C4's impressive interior quality, Citroen doesn’t have the best reputation for reliability and that hasn’t really been shaken off by this model. It does better for safety, though, with a five-star Euro NCAP score and plenty of kit such as stability control, traction control, hill-start assistance, airbags and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.
The Citroen C4 has a range of efficient diesel engines
The Citroen C4 is perfectly capable of getting you from A to B without drama, but it gives you little to enthuse about too
The interior of the Citroen C4 is sharply styled and it’s one of the most comfortable cars in its class
The Citroen C4 has a genuinely huge boot but unfortunately legroom in the back is pretty limited
No reported major faults and a five-star safety score, but Citroen’s reputation isn’t the greatest