The all-new Citroën C4 has arrived in Ireland and is available in petrol, diesel and all-electric (Ë-C4) power.
The reinvented hatchback – now in its third-generation – offers strong SUV characteristics with best-in-class height, ground clearance, seat position and interior legroom when compared to its C-Segment hatchback competitors.
New Design Language.
The new brand design language possesses strong Citroën identity with an aerodynamic silhouette and aggressive front end featuring a V-shaped LED lighting signature. Double-stage headlights with chrome chevrons stretch across the entire width of the new C4, and these iconic chevrons flow into the LED daytime running lights at the top, and extend to the LED headlights at the bottom. The high and horizontal bonnet echoes the concave shape of Citroën’s C5 Aircross SUV and exudes an energetic and assertive attitude in the process. The unique roof line, combined with the sloping rear window, clearly expresses the aerodynamics of the vehicle, while the rear spoiler enhances the vitality of the body shape.
The spacious cabin of the new C4 inspires confidence at first glance through the modernity of its clean, contemporary dashboard, softly shaped door panels and soft, supple materials throughout. The 10-inch colour infotainment touchscreen is a distinctive highlight of the C4’s stylish cabin and it comes as standard across all trim grades, while the wide horizontal dashboard gives occupants a feeling of space and volume. Additionally, the chevron grain pattern on the dashboard, and satin chrome (or high-gloss black) accents on the air vents, steering wheel, instrument panel and cabin controls offer a comfortable cabin experience by clearly identifying useful touchpoints. Boot space measures in at 380-litres with the rear seats in place, but the C4’s standard split-folding seat backs can be folded to create a cavernous space when the need arises.
Petrol, Diesel or Electric Power.
The new C4 is powered by a wide variety of engine options including four petrol variants – a PureTech 100 with a six-speed manual transmission, a PureTech 130 with a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic (EAT8), and a PureTech 155 EAT8 – all of which have Stop & Start (S&S) functionality. Diesel engine options consist of a BlueHDi 110 (S&S) six-speed manual and BlueHDi 130 (S&S) EAT8. Completing the new C4 line-up is the Ë-C4 which possesses a 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack and 100kW electric motor to offer 260Nm of torque and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 9.7-seconds with sport mode engaged.
Four Trim Options.
There are four trim grades available across the entire new C4 & Ë-C4 range – Feel, Feel Pack, Flair and range-topping Flair Pack. A hugely-impressive array of standard features adorn all trim grades, with the entry-level Feel grade coming with key features such as 18” alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, rear parking sensors and camera, automatic air-conditioning and Lane Keep Assist. Upgrading to the Feel Pack brings with it Citroën Connect Nav, driver’s head-up display, Citroën Smart Pad Support, Citroën ConnectedCAM (built-in dashcam), and Advanced Comfort Seats. Flair grade gains diamond-cut alloys, Speed Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Detection, front parking sensors, Adaptive Cruise Control, and keyless entry & start, while the range-topping Flair Pack adds the EAT8 gearbox as standard, Citroën HiFi System, leather interior, heated seats, and Highway Driver Assist.
Car on Review.
My review car was a Citroën C4 Flair PureTech 130 S&S EAT8, which attracts annual road tax of just €200. For the new C4, Citroën has chosen to make comfort their main priority, and hydraulic dampers designed to more effectively deal with big bumps in the road are very effective at reducing any impact felt in the cabin. The new C4 sits on the widely-used Stellantis/PSA Group CMP platform which has mostly been employed for smaller cars such as the Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa. By utilising this dynamic platform, Citroën were able to provide the new C4 with the longest possible wheelbase in order to maximise interior space. The 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine in my review car is smooth and refined in its operation and, with 130bhp and 230Nm of torque on offer, it is capable of completing a 0-100km/h sprint in just 9.4-seconds (8.9-seconds in manual transmission guise), while consuming as little as 5.6-litres of petrol for every 100kms driven on a WLTP combined driving cycle. Light steering makes moving in and out of tight spaces a doddle, with the C4 proving itself to be a very pleasant car to drive in every respect.
Pricing & Warranty.
With its eye-catching looks, comfortable cabin, excellent build quality and generous standard equipment list, the all-new Citroën C4 is a very appealing choice in the family hatchback market segment. Pricing for the new C4 starts at just €24,740 and is available with a very competitive 1.9% finance rate, while all models come with a 5-year warranty and 3-years roadside assistance.
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