At a time when financial considerations are uppermost when it comes to buying a new car, compact, mid-sized five-door hatchbacks make sense for a growing band of motorists – whether business or family use is the priority.
Citroën’s recently updated C4 fills this niche perfectly. Robust and versatile, it’s nippy, driver focused yet spacious and comfortable – and it comes with the choice of an environmentally considerate range of powertrains.
New C4 has a distinctive profile and balanced proportions, with chrome detailing adding a touch of class.
It’s just fractionally larger than its predecessor but is roomier, with class-leading luggage space.
The high quality of the new model’s interior finish is immediately apparent from the soft-touch dash materials to the large, clear, chrome-rimmed instrumentation
Promising precise control and an accomplished drive, new C4’s driver-focused cockpit immediately delivers a feeling of on-road confidence.
Personal comfort can be tailored to individual requirements, with users able to adjust the colour of the instrument display, select their own ‘polyphonic’ sound alerts and even set the intensity of the automatic air conditioning to one of three different settings. For optimum levels of comfort, new C4 can be specified with massaging front seats – the first time this has been offered in this sector of the market.
New C4 boasts a range of convenience technologies, a number of which are unique to the segment. There are a blind-spot monitoring system, a cornering light function, cruise control and speed-limiter with favourite speed settings and Citroën’s innovative eTouch emergency and assistance System.
An environmentally respectful car, the new C4 uses the latest technology to reduce its ecological impact. With CO2 emissions from just 109g/km, the new C4 is one of the most ecologically-conscious models in the segment and all diesel models qualify for free VED in the first year.
A gear efficiency indicator – standard specification on all manual models – signals the optimum moment to change gear and encourages economical driving. A focus on controlling new C4’s overall weight and the use of 15 per cent ‘green’ materials add to the new C4’s environmental credentials.
New C4 is powered by an extensive range of refined and efficient powerplants – three BMW co-developed petrol engines and four efficient HDi diesel units. Power output ranges from a refined 90hp to a punchy 155hp. Automatic, five-speed manual, six-speed manual and six-speed EGS transmissions are all available.
Citroën’s innovative micro-hybrid e-HDi drivetrain is available with the HDi 110 engine and EGS transmission, which delivers CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km.
One of the safest vehicles in its class, new C4 has been awarded the maximum 5-star Euro NCAP rating, including a 97% score in the ‘Safety Assist’ category – the highest score for any vehicle of its type.
This attractive proposition is offered in three well-specified trims - VTR, VTR+ and Exclusive - and is attractively priced, starting at £15,595, rising to £21,495 for the range-topping 2.0HDi 150hp Exclusive.