Review

Citroën C4 hatchback

Price  £14,240 - £21,185

Citroën C4 hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Big boot
  • Great value for money
  • Very comfortable
Cons
  • Dull to drive
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Sluggish petrol engines

At a glance

The greenest
e-HDI 115 ETG6 VTR+ 5dr £19,565
The cheapest
VTi 95 VTR 5dr £14,240
The fastest
THP 155 ETG6 Exclusive 5dr £20,195
Top of the range
HDi 150 6-speed Exclusive 5dr £21,185

"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 rival for cars such as the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Hyundai i30, and Peugeot 308.
The Citroen majors on comfort, although it isn’t as much fun to drive as either the Ford Focus or the Volkswagen Golf. Citroen has worked hard to increase interior quality and the C4 gets close to the Golf, which leads the class in this respect.

Engines include four petrols and three diesels. Of the petrols, the PureTech 130 model offers an excellent mix of economy and performance – it can get from 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds and return an average fuel economy figure of nearly 60mpg.

All the diesels are pretty economical, but the best-balanced model is the e-HDi 115 version that goes from 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds while being capable of economy of 74.3mpg. That makes it our top choice.

Citroen offers three trim levels, called VTR, VTR+ and Exclusive. VTR models gets equipment such as cruise control, air-conditioning and front electric windows. VTR+ models look much smarter thanks to the addition of alloy wheels and flashes of chrome on the exterior, while they also get rear parking sensors and a DAB radio.

At the top of model range is the Exclusive trim level, which adds a part-leather interior, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights and wipers, plus front parking sensors.

But for all that additional equipment, our top choice is the Citroen C4 VTR+ because it's around £1,500 cheaper than then Exclusive and features the widest range of engines.

The Citroen C4 has six airbags as standard, and achieved a full five-star rating from crash test body Euro NCAP. Occupant protection was high, and the car's only notable failing was its poor protection for pedestrians.

While Citroens don’t hold their value as well as some competitors, Citroen dealers are known for giving healthy discounts so arrive at the dealership with the view to haggling money off.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2.7 / 5

The Citroen C4 has a range of efficient diesel engines

Engines, drive & performance

2.5 / 5

The Citroen C4 is perfectly capable of getting you from A to B without drama, but it gives you little to enthuse about too

Interior & comfort

3.6 / 5

The interior of the Citroen C4 is sharply styled and it’s one of the most comfortable cars in its class

Practicality & boot space

3.5 / 5

The Citroen C4 has a genuinely huge boot but unfortunately legroom in the back is pretty limited

Reliability & safety

2.6 / 5

No reported major faults and a five-star safety score, but Citroen’s reputation isn’t the greatest

What the others say

3 / 5
based on 2 reviews
3 / 5
"Although the design has been toned down from the model it replaces, the C4 is smart and understated, thanks to the slashes in its sides and the 
neat C3-inspired tail-lights. Inside, the high-quality cabin includes brushed metal inserts and soft-touch materials, while the switches feel solid."
3 / 5
"The C4 does some things extremely well, but is also mediocre in a number of areas. It's fine if your priority is comfort, but it won't suit enthusiastic drivers or people wanting maximum space."

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What owners say

3.9550387596899
4 /5 based on 129 reviews
50%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
11 Dec 2014
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