- Comfortable ride quality
- Spacious boot
- Good value for money
- Not much fun to drive
- Interior feels dated
- Thirsty petrols
Good Value family hatchback with efficient engines
The Citroen C4 is a 5-door family hatchback that sits in direct competition with cars like the Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Astra. First introduced in 2005, the C4 been a genuine contender with the best in the class. The second generation of the C4 is no different. It offers great value for money as it’s cheaper than rivals, comes better equipped, and features some impressively efficient engines, but it struggles to keep up in nearly every other area.
Solid build quality, and a spacious boot
The interior of the C4 looks a little dated compared to some rivals, but everything is put together pretty well. Material quality is also impressive, and there’s a big practical boot, but it’s all a little bit bland.
The dashboard of the C4 is one with practicality in mind. The design is easy to navigate, and controls are where you’d expect them to be. Compare it with some of the more contemporary styled interiors that you get in some of the C4’s rivals however, and it looks quite drab. Materials quality is thankfully more impressive, with soft-touch plastics being used for the majority of the cabin.
Storage space is one area in which the C4 impresses. With 408 litres of boot capacity, it’s bigger than the Volkswagen Golf (380 litres), the Vauxhall Astra (370 litres), and much bigger than the Ford Focus (316 litres). Unfortunately the rear seats don’t collapse flat, so if you’re planning on transporting huge loads regularly, it might be worth considering competitors. It’s unlikely most will need the added capacity however, as the boot with the seats up is massive.
Equipment levels in the C4 are similarly impressive. Even the entry-level Touch trim comes with cruise control, air-con, hill-start assist, and electric heated door mirrors. For a basic trim that’s pretty impressive, and you’ll struggle to get such good value from rivals. The touchscreen infotainment system found on more expensive models does feel a little dated however.
Overall the interior of the C4 is solid, though it’s far from spectacular. Interior quality is good, but the design is uninspiring. There is plenty of storage space and equipment levels though, which is sure to be attractive to a lot of family buyers.
Comfortable, but not a huge amount of fun
The Citroen C4 is a car that focuses primarily on comfort, rather than fun. It’s a little disappointing when you drive it side by side with either a Ford Focus, or even a VW Golf, as these cars offer both. Steering in the C4 offers little in the way of feedback, so it doesn’t feel assured through the corners. There’s also a fair bit of body roll, so it’s not the best car for a B-road blast. Nevertheless it’s decent to drive around town, and the light steering helps with parking and weaving through traffic.
Comfort levels are thankfully quite impressive in the C4. The suspension handles rough surfaces and potholes pretty well, though the worst of British roads still send the suspension bouncing, which makes for a wallowy ride. There’s not much wind and road noise with the C4 though, which make it a solid motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the C4 come in three guises. Entry-level models come with a five-speed manual transmission, whereas models further up the range come a six-speed gearbox, that offers greater flexibility, particularly for regular motorway drivers. The optional automatic gearbox is one to avoid however.
Efficient, green engines, but no performance model
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your C4, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s no hot hatch version of the C4, which may disappoint some buyers, but engines throughout the range display excellent efficiency and green credentials.
If its power that you want from your C4, you’ll be disappointed with the engines on offer. The most powerful in the range is the diesel-powered 2.0 litre BlueHDi, which produces 150bhp, and will get you from 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds. That’s not enough power to challenge a Focus ST, but it still feels pretty quick out on the open road, and it’s efficient to boot.
Eco-friendly buyers will be pleased with the engines in the C4 range, as nearly all have solid eco-credentials. The stand-out engine in the range is the diesel-powered 1.6 litre BlueHDi Stop/Start, which produces just 86g/km of C02 emissions. There’s not many cars in the family hatchback class that are quite as green as this. Money savers will also be attracted to this model, as not only does it have free road tax, it also produces up to an incredible 85.6mpg.
The best engines in the C4 range are without doubt the diesel offerings. Petrol engines are thirstier, less green, and they’re not particularly powerful either. Diesel engines offer a good balance of grunt, green, and day-to-day fuel savings.
Full marks in NCAP safety ratings, good standard equipment
Like nearly every car in its class, the C4 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 90% in adult safety, 85% in child safety, and 43% in pedestrian safety, the C4 is a safe car. It’s not the class-leader, but you shouldn’t be too worried. There’s enough safety kit as standard to put minds at rest as well, with six airbags, traction control, hill-start assistance, and electronic stability control all featuring.
Excellent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Citroen C4 represents impressive value for money for family buyers. All C4s feature good fuel efficiency figures, and CO2 emissions are low enough for road tax to either be free, or at least low cost. Diesel engines offer the best value, with the 1.6 litre BlueHDi model being particularly impressive.
Insurance costs are also pretty reasonable, and are roughly the same as you’d get from the C4’s rivals. Insurance groups range from group 12 for the entry-level 1.4 VTi VTR, and move up towards the top of the range 2.0 BlueHDi Flair which is in group 28.
Depreciation is a factor with the C4, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Citroen C4 is a reasonable option in the densely populated family hatchback market. It is nowhere near as good as the class leaders, but it does offer family buyers comfort, low running costs, and some quiet, efficient engines.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.