Electric Citroen e-C4 X is now on sale from £31,995
Citroen’s latest electric car sits above the e-C4 in the lineup and has a 222-mile range
- Sense, Shine and Shine Plus trim levels
- 222-mile range
- Available to order now from £31,995
The all-new Citroen e-C4 X is now on sale in the UK, with prices starting from £31,995. The latest entry in the French brand’s range sits between the e-C4 hatchback and below the range-topping petrol-powered C5 X. Unlike the smaller e-C4 and its petrol-powered sibling the C4, the e-C4 X is available with electric power only and gets a traditional saloon-style boot opening, rather than a hatchback tailgate like the new Peugeot 408.
First deliveries are expected to arrive in Spring 2023, when the Citroen e-C4 X will enter a rapidly developing segment. Obvious rivals will be hybrid coupe-SUVs such as the Renault Arkana, as well as full-electric offerings such as the more-expensive Kia Niro EV, which boasts significantly more range.
Citroen e-C4 X: trim levels and specifications
While the e-C4 X is only available with one powertrain configuration in the UK – a 134bhp electric motor, paired with a 50kWh battery – buyers can choose from one of three different trim levels: Sense, Shine and Shine Plus.
Kicking off the range, the Sense model starts from £31,995 and still comes with plenty of standard equipment, including LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, Citroen’s Advanced Comfort seats, plus a 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. All e-C4 X models also benefit from keyless entry, autonomous emergency braking, speed limit assist, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning and driver attention monitoring.
Stepping up to the mid-spec Shine model will set buyers back around £2,500 extra. Over and above what is included in the entry-level Sense trim, Shine models get an upgraded infotainment system with voice command capability as well as adaptive LED headlights, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, advanced autonomous emergency braking with nighttime and cyclist detection, plus a reversing camera.
Design and interior
While the front end of the e-C4 X is really similar to the regular e-C4, the new e-C4 X is 240mm longer (at 4.6m), thanks to the new rear-end design. It’s one of the sportiest-looking Citroen models yet, and can be distinguished at the rear by its slim LED tailights. Citroen is only offering its latest model as an electric car in the UK, but petrol models called C4 X will be available elsewhere.
While the normal C4 has triangular rear windows at either side, the e-C4 X has a cut-off design that makes it look a little more conventional and more like a Renault Arkana — another coupe-like SUV that was launched recently.
The longer rear-end means that the boot is quite a lot bigger than the normal e-C4’s 380 litres. In the e-C4 X there’s 510 litres of boot space, plus Citroen says there’s space under the floor for charging cables as well. But it'll be harder to load bulky items because of the half-height tailgate.
The e-C4 X also gets Citroen’s signature Advanced Comfort seats, as well as a special suspension setup to make the ride as supple as possible. It also gets the brand’s latest infotainment system, which comprises a 10-inch touchscreen alongside a small digital instrument cluster.
Powertrain and range
The Citroen e-C4 X uses the same electric set-up as the e-C4, which means it has a 50kWh battery that allows for 222 miles of range on electric power alone. Using a 100kW public rapid charger, the battery can be topped up to 80% in around 30 minutes – or around seven and a half hours for a full charge at a 7kW home wallbox
The electric motor has 134bhp and can propel the e-C4 X from 0-62mph in around 9.7 seconds, and onto a top speed of 93mph. While this may not sound all-too-impressive in a world of blistering electric car acceleration, the e-C4 X should be quick enough for most buyers and feel peppy around town thanks to the instant torque from the electric motor.
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