This Citroen C4 includes alloy wheels, lumbar support, cloth seat trim, air conditioning, cruise control, remote locking, traction control and electric mirrors.
Diesel 78.5 combined MPG
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CO2: 95 g/km
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Electric front windows/one touch facility, Heated rear windscreen, Laminated windscreen, Rear windscreen wiper with auto activation when reversing, Tinted rear windows
ABS + EBD + EBA, ESP + traction control, Hill start assist
Bluetooth + USB
Cruise control with speed limiter and favourite speed memory, Gear selection indicator, Variable PAS
Black panel - night illumination, Exterior temperature gauge with frost alarm, Maintenance indicator, Multi function trip computer
Body colour door mirrors, Door mirror integrated indicators, Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
6 speakers, Auxiliary input socket, DAB Digital radio, RDS stereo radio + CD player/mp3 facility
Exterior Body Features
Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles, Chrome window surround, High gloss black finish B pillar, Rear spoiler
3D effect LED rear lights, Automatic activation of hazard warning lights, LED daytime running lights
12V socket, Adjustable front armrest with storage compartment, Drawer under drivers seat, Front door storage bins with bottle holder, Illuminated air conditioned glovebox, Leather gear knob, Leather parking brake handle, Leather steering wheel with chrome inserts, Multi function steering wheel, Passenger underseat drawer, Rayados cloth upholstery, Reach + rake adjustable steering column, Rear door pockets
Front and rear courtesy lights with delay, Front/rear reading lights
5 x 3 point seatbelts, Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags, Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact, Child lock indicator, Front and rear curtain airbags, Front lateral airbags, Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters, Height adjustable front seatbelts, Outer rear seatbelt force limiters, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Seatbelt warning lamp, Tyre pressure monitor
3 rear headrests, Driver seat lumbar adjustment, Front head restraints, Front seatback pockets, Height adjustable front seats, Isofix system on outer rear seats, Split folding rear seats 1/3, 2/3
2 multi-functional plip remote control+folding ignition keys, Automatic boot locking, Automatic door locking, Deadlocks, Remote central locking, Transponder immobiliser
Sunvisors with covered illuminated mirror
Wheels - Alloy
16" Wembley alloy wheels
Wheels - Spare
Tyre puncture repair kit
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|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||20A|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||12|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||90|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||85|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||43|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||97|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||16000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||N|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||N|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Noise Level dB(A):||72|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||75|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||88.3|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||COMMON RAIL|
|Number of Valves:||8|
|EC Combined (mpg):||78.5|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||88.3|
|EC Urban (mpg):||64.2|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||11.5|
|Engine Power - BHP:||100|
|Engine Power - KW:||73|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||3750|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||187|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||25.9|
|Engine Torque - NM:||254|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1750|
|Tyre Size Front:||205/55 R16|
|Tyre Size Rear:||205/55 R16|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Type:||16" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||60|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1830|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1183|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||380|
|Max. Loading Weight:||630|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||1550|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||635|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||10.7|
The Citroen C4 offers a value-orientated practical option in the Focus-sized family hatchback class. Jonathan Crouch reports.
The Citroen C4 is one of those family hatches that works smarter rather than harder, with a spacious cabin, affordable pricing, some super-economical engines and plenty of equipment for your cash. If you're not afraid of thinking outside the box a little, this is a car that could be worth a look.
All too often we tend to lapse into a sort of shorthand when making car recommendations, nowhere more so than in the family hatch class. The accepted wisdom for many years has been to buy a Volkswagen Golf and if you don't want, like or can't afford the Golf, go for a Ford Focus instead. And just like that, we tend to relegate the rest of the class to also-rans. Citroen is determined not to be battling for the scraps in this class and its C4 is a car that is both interesting and talented. It's also been treated to a wash and brush up to help it clamber up above the likes of the Renault Megane, the Nissan Pulsar, the Vauxhall Astra, the Skoda Rapid, the Toyota Auris and the Peugeot 308. If your motoring tastes extend beyond Golf or Focus, you might well enjoy the C4. Quite a lot, actually.
This Citroen offers some innovative three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engines that wear a PureTech badge. The fastest of these offers 130PS, skittling the C4 to 62mph from rest in just 10.8 seconds, which is quicker than the 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 diesel alternative. The Puretech 130 unit will keep at it until it runs out of answers at 124mph, so despite buying a small engine, you're certainly not choosing a weak one. The peak torque figure attests to this, with 230Nm available from just 1,750rpm. Compared to Ford's much-vaunted Ecoboost 1.0-litre in 125PS guise, the Citroen is half a second quicker to 62mph and has another 30Nm of torque in reserve. It's a lightweight motor too, which has all manner of benefits when it comes to corner turn-in and body control. That 130PS engine is joined by a more affordable 110PS version, also fitted with a manual gearbox. There are also a couple of diesels that are well worth considering. The BlueHDi 100 and 120 engines with a capacity of 1.6-litres deliver maximum power of, respectively, 99PS at 3,750rpm and 120PS at 3,500rpm. The torque at 1,750rpm is 254Nm for the BlueHDi 100 manual unit and 300Nm for the BlueHDi 120 S&S with a 6-speed manual 'box. As for the driving experience, well, it's a shame that with this generation C4, Citroen did away with the fixed steering wheel boss that was such a talking point in the previous generation version, but apparently a more conventional wheel saves 3.5kg. Despite many of the previous C4's more extrovert features being consigned to history there are one or two quirks remaining, such as the fact that you can tailor the sound of individual warning chimes or the indicators as well as the colour of the instrument lighting. If you're urban-bound, you'll want to know that the pokiest petrol and desel units can optionally be ordered with Citroen EAT6 auto gearbox.
Visual changes made to this car at its most recent 2015 model year update include headlight units that comprise two 3D chrome-finish modules on a gloss black background, with LEDs adding a distinct light signature. The car also features chrome chevrons connecting the headlights and the ribbed bonnet curving into the sides is a neat touch. Moving aft, there are 3D-effect rear light clusters, while a few splashes of chrome and some revised alloy wheels give the C4 quite a sharp look. Drop inside and you'll notice the 7-inch touch screen straight away, plus perhaps the quality upholstery finishes. The dashboard and fascia are quite conventional, but all of the controls are easy to figure out without recourse to the manual. It's as if Citroen has gone back to concentrating on getting the basics right and you'd have to say on that basis the C4's design is a winner. For example, instead of pouring design resource into a gadget you might use once a year, they've instead designed a seat that's supremely comfortable. Space inside is about par for the class, with rear legroom an issue if you try to seat tall passengers. Headroom is better than average as is access, the C4 only being offered in practical five-door form. There's a large 408-litre boot.
Prices start from around £18,000, which is higher than the figures used to be but still very competitive in the Focus-sized class. There's a choice of 'Edition' or 'Platinum' trim levels. The 7" touchscreen you get on most variants helps to marshal a lot of the minor functions on the dashboard into one clean unit and includes some impressive functionality. The satellite navigation system it can include displays map, speed limits, takes account of traffic conditions, and suggests the most fuel-efficient route. The media player features radio, audio streaming and sync to personal devices. The telephone gets the usual hands-free functionality via Bluetooth and directory access, and also features double-call management. All variants get features like rear parking sensors, cruise control with speed limiter, 16-inch alloys, leather trim for the steering wheel, handbrake and gear knob, front fog lights and that clever customisable instrument panel. The Citroen also scores when it comes to safety and equipment, with a five-star EuroNCAP rating already under its belt. The C4 scored 97% in the 'Safety Assist' test - at the time the highest score achieved for any vehicle of its type. That's due to the sheer array of driving aids fitted as standard. You get anti lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Emergency Braking Assistance while ESP stability control is fitted across the range. Six airbags are also fitted, as well as cruise control with a speed limiter. There are elctronic options too, like front foglights with a static cornering function. And a Blind Spot Monitoring system.
The introduction of the latest engines has helped to drive down the cost of ownership. The diesels are a case in point, with these engines drastically reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions as well as shaving another 4% from the CO2 figure. The Stop & Start technology with an upgraded starter used with the BlueHDi 120 engine helps cut its combined cycle fuel consumption to 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions are an impressive 100g/km. Go petrol and there are 110 and 130PS 1.2-litre three cylinder PureTech units on offer, delivering 58.9mpg on the combined cycle and emitting just 110g/km of CO2. Other running costs have been driven down as well. Warranty Direct, an independent company not given to any partiality or bias, rated the current generation C4 as one of its most reliable vehicles, scoring better than a BMW 3 Series, a Honda Accord or a Lexus IS.
The Citroen C4 is one of those cars that often gets overlooked despite racking up all kinds of best-in-classes. Here's just one more example. You don't like packing light? Well, you could always do the logical thing and choose the car with the biggest boot in its class at 408-litres. No prizes for guessing what this is. Now that the PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines are right on the money as far as economy and emissions are concerned, the in-car electronics are right up there with the best and the C4's reliability stats bear any kind of scrutiny you fancy, it's hard not to give this car the thumbs up. Broaden your mind beyond the usual motoring magazine Golf or Focus recommendations and there are some genuinely talented contenders out there. The C4 just joined that list. It deserves more recognition, so perhaps we can start here.
By Andy Enright
Citroen have made some fantastic small cars down the years and some very interesting big ones. It's when the company turns its hand to building slightly larger family designs that it can often come unstuck. Let's talk Focus-sized family hatches as an example. The ZX and Xsara models of the Nineties and the early years of this century aren't cars that too many British buyers remember fondly. The first generation C4 of 2004 though, was better and our subject here, the second generation C4 launched in 2011 showed greater promise still. Does it make sense as a used buy? Let's see.
5dr medium range hatchback (1.4, 1.6, petrol, 1.6, 2.0 diesel [VTR, VTR+, Exclusive, Selection])
You may well remember the first generation Citroen C4 more for its exploits as an all-conquering World Rally Car or for its dancing robot advertisement than for the actual vehicle that these activities were designed to promote. Back in 2004, Citroen promised to bring us a car that was 'Alive With Technology' and I think it's fair to say that, at the time, the thought of a French car stuffed with complicated electronics may well have deterred more people than it attracted. Those who did take the plunge were rewarded with a thoroughly decent family hatch and much of the technology the C4 pioneered was genuinely useful, clever stuff. Unfortunately, Citroen perhaps felt that they'd had their fingers burnt trying to introduce too much, too soon, and the car we look at here was introduced at the start of 2011 with much less fanfare. In fact, many didn't even realise the C4 had been replaced at all. There were no dancing robots or technical features like the fixed hub steering wheel. It was all a little conservative in fact, but it was clear that the French company had upped its game when it came to two areas where it was lagging behind; interior quality and efficiency. After launch, the C4 didn't exactly set the UK sales charts on fire. In fact, it was other C4 variants that grabbed the column inches. The C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso both notched up some decent sales figures and aesthetes loved the later-launched and boldly-styled C4 Cactus crossover model. As for the ordinary standard C4 hatchback, well that ran on, rather neglected until its facelift in 2015. Just about the only point of interest was the launch of the Selection trim level in 2012.
The C4 is a bigger car both inside and out compared to its predecessor and Citroen has also clearly made a concerted effort to improve the perception of quality. The old first generation C4 felt a reassuringly solid thing but this MK2 car feels a class above in terms of materials quality and the thought that's gone into the interior aesthetics. The dashboard and fascia are a good deal more conventional than you might expect and all of the controls are easy to figure out without recourse to the manual. It's as if Citroen has gone back to concentrating on getting the basics right and you'd have to say on that basis this C4's approach is well conceived. Instead of pouring design resource into a gadget you might use once a year, Citroen has instead come up with a seat that's supremely comfortable. Rather than ruin the ride with suspension that will delight frustrated racing drivers working for car magazines, they've instead gone for a setup that works well on roads rather than circuits. None of it is rocket science but it's amazing how many car makers lose sight of these fundamentals. Space inside is about par for the class, with rear legroom an issue if you try to seat tall passengers. Headroom is better than average, as is access, the C4 only offered in practical five-door form. The boot's a decent size too although the rear seats don't fold fully flat. Variants fitted with the optional Denon stereo get a subwoofer that robs you of a bit of boot space. The exterior styling is neat and well resolved but may disappoint those who expect a Citroen to look as if it's arrived from twenty years in the future. The headlights and the deeply scalloped flanks work well but we can't help but suspect that Citroen has played a little bit safe with the styling of this car so that it can let its designers off the hook with more niche models. To us, the C4 looks like that friend who's good looking without being particularly striking. Handsome enough to avoid criticism but won't turn heads. The Exclusive range-topper is packed with gear like intelligent traction control and a blind spot monitoring system that uses ultrasound sensors mounted in the front and rear bumpers to illuminate a pictogram in the door mirrors when a vehicle enters your blind spot. All very worthy, but a better option to seek out is the excellent Denon stereo. Even if you don't find a car with this premium stereo system, in-car entertainment should be covered as all MK2 C4s got a USB port, a 3.5mm jack plug and a 12V socket on the centre console to keep their owners connected. Need even more connectivity? Look for a C4 fitted with Citroen's WiFi On Board system which uses a 3G/3G+ SIM card to create a wireless network in the car with continuous internet connection.
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Not too much goes wrong. Look for the usual scrates and scrapes of family use. And the sagging seats of ex-rental cars. Warranty Direct, an independent company not given to any partiality or bias, rated the C4 as one of its most reliable vehicles, scoring better than a BMW 3 Series, a Honda Accord or a Lexus IS. If you find an example fitted with the semi-automatic EGS gearbox, you may well think the transmission to be a jerky thing - but don't automatically suppose that there's something wrong with it; they all clunk into gear if you don't ease off the gas to help the thing along. You just have to get used to it. We'd choose an ordinary manual 'box instead.
(approx based on a 2012 C4 VTR+ HDI) A replacement exhaust (front to the catalyst) will set you back roughly £245, while a new clutch will be around £185. A replacement alternator should be around £175 and a starter motor about the same. A new wing mirror is in the region of £145, while a headlamp is a hefty £250.
Most UK customers chose their MK2 C4s with 1.6-litre diesel engines. The 110bhp diesel powerplant is no ball of fire in the acceleration stakes but a sprint to 60mph that just nudges under 11 seconds means that you won't be glued to your rear view mirrors in terror when accelerating onto a major road either. In fact, the Citroen, as with all good turbodiesels, offers plenty of urge for just this sort of thing. Even the leisurely EGS automated gearbox which seems so out of place when teamed with the quicker C4 models isn't a source of continual annoyance in the laid back diesel. It's a shame that Citroen has done away with the fixed steering wheel boss that was such a talking point in the first generation C4, but apparently a more conventional wheel saves 3.5kg. This is a theme that runs through this car. It feels a lot more sensible, more grown up than before. It's quite soft, extremely relaxing and very different to what you might be expecting. Despite many of the previous C4's more extrovert features being consigned to history, there are one or two quirks remaining such as the fact that you can tailor the sound of individual warning chimes or the indicators as well as the colour of the instrument lighting. The C4 also scores when it comes to safety equipment. At launch, it gained a five-star EuroNCAP rating, the car scoring 97% in the 'Safety Assist' test - at the time the highest score achieved for any vehicle of its type. That's due to the sheer array of driving aids fitted as standard. You get anti lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Emergency Braking Assistance while ESP stability control is fitted across the range. Six airbags are also fitted as well as cruise control with a speed limiter.
The second generation Citroen C4 might be one of the greatest used buys you've never considered. You'd be excused for not really fancying a Citroen filled with complex technology, but its reliability record doesn't lie. The C4 is extremely well screwed together. What's more, the mass market hasn't really cottoned onto this fact yet, so prices are relatively low. Find one that's been a second or third car and is carrying low mileage and you might well score yourself one of the biggest bargains in the family hatch sector. We wondered when the C4 would really come good. It just has.
Citroen's shapely, hi-tech C4 charms June Neary
I warmed to Citroen's original C4. Its shape was a refreshing change from the usual rather dull designs that populate the family hatchback sector. This improved second generation model doesn't look quite so radical but it's still very attractive, the 'tech' is even higher than before and quality seems to have come on in leaps and bounds.
Although bigger than the car it replaced, the MK2 model C4 is no heavier than the first generation model, despite all the safety kit that's on board. The rather agreeable upshot is that interior space and stowage room are both more than class competitive. What I really like however, is the way that Citroen has tried to build in features more often seen on luxury cars - laminated side window glass for example. Detail touches include being able to alter the backlighting behind the dashboard controls to suit your preferences. Plus sound alerts which can also be changed to your taste, in the same way that you can modify your mobile phone's ring-tone. For me, one slight disappointment inside is the absence of the unusual fixed steering wheel boss, which on the MK1 C4, carried most of the car's key switches and was a really unusual touch. You turned the wheel and the switches stayed static. Citroen says that it ditched this in the interests of saving 3.5kgs in weight: I think it's more likely that buyers just couldn't get used to it. Whatever the truth, this second generation C4 does deliver a very smart cabin indeed. As for the styling, well it's not as dramatic - evolutionary rather than revolutionary - but it is growing on me. I particularly like the way the long styling lines on the side flow into a neat clamshell bonnet highlighted by the familiar double-Chevron badge. The chrome highlights and revamped headlights still manage to mark the car out from the crowd.
On the road, Citroens have always put comfort ahead of handling but the spec sheet suggests that this one may well serve up a slightly more dynamic experience than you might expect, without compromising the relaxed character that has always marked this car out. This C4 does, after all, feature a hi-tech rear suspension set up with flexible transverse beam. The claimed result is minimal bodyroll and good road feel, all of which should be aided by better feedback from the hydraulic power steering. There's traction and ESP electronic stability control too as standard: it's no longer acceptable in this class to limit things like this to the plushest variants. Whether your preference is for diesel or petrol, manual gearshift or automatic, this C4 claims to have it covered. Possibly the engine of choice is the 1.2-litre three cylinder PureTech petrol unit, which offers a great balance of performance and economy in either 110 or 130bhp guises. The alternative 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesels deliver 100 and 120PS. There's plenty of transmission choice too - the usual five and six-speed manuals and a six-speed auto. Whichever C4 package you choose, you should find it a pretty refined one. Citroen have worked hard to deaden noise intrusion with revised soundproofing to deliver new levels of quiet, even going as far as installing an acoustic laminated windscreen with a layer of damping film.
Prices start from around £18,500. Obvious rivals apart from the inevitable Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra models include the Peugeot 308 and Kia cee'd. Potential buyers might also be considering cars like Renault's Megane and Toyota's Auris. Buyers of this Citroen will be choosing between two main trim levels, with the top-end models featuring extras such as a powerful Denon sound system complete with sub-woofer in the boot for a genuine hi-fi experience on the move. Other optional features you wouldn't necessarily expect to find on a car of this class include electric lumbar adjustment and massage seats for driver and front seat passenger. Safety of course is a priority, so there's also the option of blind spot monitoring to stop you lane-changing dangerously in front of another driver, plus programmable speed limiting and cruise control systems.
This car certainly falls into the category of models I'd buy because I wanted to rather than I had to - and there aren't too many of those in the Family Hatchback sector. To be honest, it deserves to sell in greater numbers than it does. This C4 really does deliver on a lot of levels.