Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force
- Highly versatile
- Well-refined and comfortable
- Fashionable looks
- Not the most engaging to drive
- Entry-level models are basic
- Interior may feel dated
What's the Citroën C4 like?
The Citroën C4 in 5-door form is a left field, practical family hatch with good space and a wide range of other attributes.
But the earlier 3-door coupé version, while being stylish and individual compared to the competition, is much harder to live with.
However, the model I’m dealing with here, built after 2011, is a good-looking, 5-door hatch, with remarkable refinement which manages to reduce road and most wind noise to a barely noticeable level and has excellent comfort over all surfaces.
Petrol power units in earlier models started with a 1.4-litre VTi that had 93bhp and then came a 1.6-litre VTi with 118bhp and a 1.6-litre THP turbo with 153bhp.
These were replaced in 2015 - the whole car received a major facelift - with a 1.2-litre turbo that had either 108bhp or 128bhp.
The lower powered 1.2-litre is capable of no less than 60mpg and the 128bhp model is only slightly behind, with good 0 to 60mph acceleration of 10.8 seconds.
The majority of used cars are likely to be diesels and these will mainly be 1.6-litre units with an occasional 150bp 2.0-litre.
Later e-HDi 1.6-litre units were real fuel sippers, with 98bhp or 118bhp and 68 to 78mpg. The higher powered model dispatches the 60mph sprint in 10.5 seconds, but the lower powered one comes with excellent 95g/km emissions.
The 2.0-litre is the performance star of the whole show covering the sprint in just 8.7 seconds and yet still capable of over 70mpg.
As I said, this is a family hatch car that majors on comfort and refinement.
The suspension is brilliant, rolling over all imperfections in the road with amazing ease and at any speed in a way that few other cars in the class can manage.
This means that there's some roll in the corners, but nonetheless, the level of grip is excellent, helping towards very good road-holding.
The steering is a little uninformative, but I soon got used to it and found it gave me enough feedback for safe control and easy and swift progress.
Entry level trim includes traction control, remote locking, air conditioning, heated electric mirrors, audio remote control, cruise, alloys and a decent stereo with aux in.
Top exclusive models add part leather trim, parking sensors and sat nav.
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