Citroën C4 hatchback
Price £14,645 - £20,345
- 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 the bargain-hunter's alternative to the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and other mid-size family hatchbacks. It's economical and reasonably well equipped. while Citroen dealers will happily negotiate over the price, so arrive at the dealership prepared to haggle. Unfortunately, the downside to their generosity is the C4's low-ish resale value, so what you save at the outset you may lose in the long run, unless you drive a hard bargain.
This car is good value, but it's by no means a budget vehicle. The C4 feels almost as good as a Volkswagen Golf inside. Fit and finish, and the quality of the materials used, are very good. It's not a fun car to drive like the Ford Focus or even the Golf. Instead, the C4 is a comfortable cruiser, at home just pootling about or cruising long distances, rather than trying to show other cars a clean pair of heels.
There's a fairly wide selection of diesel and petrol engines. Our pick of the petrols is the PureTech 130. It can go from 0-62mph in a brisk 10.8 seconds, yet manages to achieve almost 60mpg – at least officially. However, it's only available in top-spec Flair trim. Our favourite diesel is the BlueHDi 120. It can do the same sprint in 10.6 seconds, but manages close to 80mpg.
Just as the C4's handling is biased towards comfort rather than agility, the interior is all about making you feel relaxed and secure. Few cars in the class are as comfortable. The seats are supportive and cosseting, while wind and road noise is kept to a minimum, even at high speed on the motorway. Unfortunately, while the C4 is roomy in the front and has a large boot, rear-seat passengers will feel cramped.
There are three trim levels: Touch, Feel and Flair. Touch has air-conditioning, height-adjustable front seats, cruise control and hill-start assist. Our favourite is the mid-range Feel, which adds alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, driver's seat lumbar adjustment and DAB digital radio. Top-spec Flair adds rear electric rear windows (it's a shame these aren’t offered the Feel), rear parking sensors and a seven-inch touchscreen – but at a price.
Citroen's reputation for reliability isn’t great and despite its apparently well-built cabin, the C4 is no exception. However, it scores well for safety, securing Euro NCAP's maximum five-star score and coming with features including electronic stability control, traction control, hill-start assistance and six airbags.
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