The new C4 is a sign of Citroën’s confidence to go into high gear. All the characteristics of the new sedan (polarizing design, absolute comfort and SUV machismo) are present and highlighted.
With its new C4, Citroën is once again using a winning recipe: offering cars with a style different from rivals. Works well with C3, C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross. However, the new C4 marks a real change in Citroen design. Indeed, his body work is more aggressive than usual. However, the overall silhouette is still round. It offers a clever mix between SUV, station wagon and coupé.
The front end of the new French sedan is directly inspired by the brand’s latest concept cars, especially with the signature LED lighting and chevrons that are no longer parallel across the entire front end. The main optical unit is now connected to the light signature. It has 3 LED modules to provide Full LED lighting and bring a unique signature.
The rear launches a first for Citroën, the new C4 marks the appearance of a black band that includes the double deck lights. These also benefit from a unique light signature inspired by that found on the front. The kit is highlighted by a gloss black spoiler integrated into the center of the rear window. The rear looks straight out of an old C4 coupe.
Citroëns of the 1970s and 1980s often had extraordinary interiors, but things are more conventional in the Citroën C4. That said, when it comes to design and quality, the new hatchback isn’t just ahead of the old model, it’s probably the best Citroen hatchback we’ve seen in a long time overall.
Gone are the flimsy feel and low-end hardware, replaced by an attractively designed dashboard with ample soft-touch surfaces and solid switches. It is still far from the standards of other brands, but for the price, we cannot offer better. The seats, although not supportive in turns, are very comfortable and this is also one of the strong points of the chevron brand.
We’re also glad to see that Citroën has started offering proper climate control buttons again. On most of its other models it isn’t, meaning you have to take your eyes off the road to adjust the fan speed from the touch screen. If there’s an error, it’s the rear view. Even the entry-level trim comes with rear parking sensors, but you’ll probably want to upgrade and get a backup camera, since that big spoiler goes through the rear window and spoils the view.
Every version of the Citroen C4 comes with a large and clear 10-inch touch screen. Entry-level trims don’t get nav, but all have smartphone connectivity via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay so you can easily use your phone’s navigation app.
All versions also benefit from an open and attractive 5.5-inch instrument cluster instead of analogue dials. The sedan also benefits from a head-up display that pops out of the cabin at start-up. It is not the most modern, but it is attractive, available from the second finish.
A comfortable ride
The new C4 is powered by a single diesel engine. This is a 1.5-liter unit that produces 130 hp and 300 Nm. Our “Shine Pack” version is equipped with an automatic 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
We found its ride to be terrible at higher speeds, skidding a bit under braking and rolling well over sharp bumps and bumps. This is all very surprising on what is a normal car.
We also found that there is enough grip up front and the steering is accurate, but at city speeds it feels light and sluggish. As with the ride, the steering feels better at speed, gaining more reassuring weight. However this low-speed agility makes driving around town a breeze.
In normal mode, the throttle has a pronounced action to prevent accidental kicks, and the automatic transmission upshifts in an effort to save fuel. And if you want, you can press the “Sport” button for a more precise sound response and an engine map with higher revs and longer shift points.
The modern third-generation Citroën C4 is a car that blends the sensitive with the unusual in a number of interesting ways. Although it’s not a practical mid-size hatchback, it’s affordable, well-equipped and has useful features that promise to make it a pleasure to live with. The car’s value proposition and its alternative, yet pragmatic approach to the modern family car, with a focus on safety and convenience should set it apart from its rivals.
Engine: 1.5 BlueHDi (D)
Displacement (cc): 1.499
Financial horse power (hp): ¬
Maximum power (hp): 130
Maximum torque (Nm): 300
Gearbox: BVA8 double clutch
Top speed (km/h): 190
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 10.6 (s)
Consumption (l/100 km) (rural/urban/combined): 3.9/4.4/4.1
Shine Pack Finish (DH): 301,900
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