CITROEN

CITROEN E-C4 ELECTRIC HATCHBACK 100kW C-Series Edition 50kWh 5dr Auto [11kWCh]

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range219 miles

The e-C4 brings a dose of Citroen individuality to the EV part of the family hatchback segment. The looks have a crossover vibe, the range is a reasonable 217 miles and the cabin is the most comfortable in the class. If you're fed up with clinical family EVs, here's one that might charm you.

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The e-C4 adds a bit of colour to the EV part of the family hatch segment, thinks Jonathan Crouch.

Ten Second Review

The e-C4 brings a dose of Citroen individuality to the EV part of the family hatchback segment. The looks have a crossover vibe, the range is a reasonable 217 miles and the cabin is the most comfortable in the class. If you're fed up with clinical family EVs, here's one that might charm you.

Background

Citroen is a company with a reputation for trying to do things differently. Unfortunately though, the reality is that it's not always been a company able to do things differently from sister brand Peugeot. In the last few decades, a depressing cloak of PSA Group conformity has characterised family offerings from the double chevron marque. But gradually things seem to be changing and Citroens are being set apart once more. First, with details things like Airbumps and squashier seats. And now with more fundamental engineering. For an example of that, take the subject of this test, the e-C4. It's all-electric - which is significant because electrified versions of Peugeots bigger than supermini-size usually prefer a plug-in petrol/electric PHEV drivetrain. PSA apparently now gives its brands a choice between PHEV and BEV and Citroen wants to be different. But how different in this case? That's what we're here to find out.

Driving Experience

Rather interestingly, this is one EV that doesn't spear away from rest like a scalded cat. That attribute's a bit pointless, it cuts across this car's laid back Gallic demeanour and it needlessly depletes battery reserves, so Citroen hasn't bothered with it here. The e-C4's a bit like Mazda's rival MX-30 in that respect. Not that the e-C4 is slow; the 134bhp electric motor allows 62mph to be dispatched in 9.7s on the way to a maximum you'll never bother with (97mph). What you'll notice more is the relaxed gait. It's inevitably not as light on its feet through the corners as a combustion-engined C4: the weight of the 50kWh battery has to tell somewhere. Your driving position is somewhere between that of a family hatch and an SUV and you get a couple of pedals, along with a small straightforward gear selector. There's no 'one pedal' driving option, like you get in a Nissan LEAF, but there's an extra B mode, which gives greater lift-off deceleration, so boosting the battery's energy-harvesting efforts so that you can get somewhere close to the claimed 217 mile range figure. The ride is very comfort-orientated, as you'd expect from a Citroen thanks to the clever Progressive Hydraulic suspension set-up. Here, the car's springs and shock absorbers work in concert with hydraulic compression and rebound stops, which are supposed to slow body movement over bumps and tarmac tears.

Design and Build

Citroen isn't one of those brands who think that a full-EV needs to look radically different from a combustion hatch, so you'll struggle to tell this e-C4 apart from its combustion-engined C4 showroom counterparts, unless you happen to notice the badging or the charging flap. Like other C4 variants, this one confirms that the delineating line between family hatch and compact SUV design is being ever more blurred. Which many folk in search of a compact hatch will think to be no bad thing. Citroen says the crossover cues aren't for crossover purposes. The higher-than-Focus-class-average 156mm ride height is there to offer a high vantage point and better all-round visibility. The matte black-finished wheel arches aren't for arduous tracks but to prevent supermarket car park dings. And there's plenty of signature Citroen design, with stylishly-shaped signature lights and chromed Chevrons that stretch across the car's width. Plus there's and an air intake grille featuring a pattern first seen on the brand's recent 19_19 concept car. Inside, the dash gets the kind of big 10-inch centre touchscreen that's in current vogue. And a fully digitalised instrument binnacle. Thankfully, the climate controls are separated out from the screen on the centre stack. Six interior colour schemes are on offer, all aimed at making you feel as 'if you're in your living room' - though it's a pity we don't get some of the more interesting colour packages offered in Europe. For the rear seat, the brand claims best-in-class knee room and offers a wide range of storage compartments. Plus there's a decently-sized 380-litre boot (extendable to 1,250-litres) which is exactly the same size as that of the combustion-engined model.

Market and Model

Prices for the e-C4 sit mainly in the £31,500 to £36,500 bracket and there are three trim levels to choose from - 'Sense', 'C-Series Edition' and 'Shine Plus'. All variants offer a tablet computer holder for front seat passengers, LED interior lighting, a rear parking camera and adaptive cruise control further up the range. But you'll need to stretch to top 'Shine Plus' trim to get the brand's premium hi-fi system featuring uprated speakers and the addition of a subwoofer. All e-C4 variants get the brand's Advanced Comfort seats, which offer extra support and can be enhanced with optional heating and massaging systems. Various interior colour scheme packages allow you to personalise the cabin. And wheel sizes range from 16 to 18-inches, with the e-C4 featuring an exclusive 18-inch 'Crosslite' alloy wheel design. The freshly designed 10-inch digital dashboard and instrument binnacle comes as part of the standard package, as does wireless 'phone charging and 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring connectivity. A nice optional touch you might well want to consider is a full-HD camera built into the rear view mirror which can take photos or video stored on a 16GB memory card. Safety-wise, there's no fewer than 20 different driver assistance features, including Highway Driving Assist and a 'level 2' semi-autonomous drive system incorporating Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist.

Cost of Ownership

You might struggle to replicate that claimed 217 mile range figure we quoted earlier, unless you habitually drive like Miss Marple, but that's hardly an issue exclusive to Citroen when it comes to EV mileage claims. We found that in urban use, it's much easier to get closer to that target figure. Especially since Citroen made changes to the drive system so that range in a variety of conditions is said to be improved, though the stated 217 mile WLTP reading we just quoted hasn't officially changed. The e-C4 is fitted with an 11kW charger, which can charge from empty in around 7.5 hours using a 32amp home wallbox. It also has 100kW fast charger, which can achieve an 80% charge in around half an hour using a public fast charger. From launch, all customers will be offered a Pod Point Solo Smart Charger included in the price. As usual with an electric car, you can control charging via your smartphone and take advantage of lower cost off-peak electricity tariffs. You'll properly want to keep garage costs in check by opting for the affordable 3 year servicing plan that is available at point of purchase. Finally, there's the usual Citroen three year / 60,000 mile warranty. The insurance group for all variants is rated at 22P.

Summary

You might not be quite ready to make the step from family hatch to SUV. You also might not be quite ready to make the step from combustion engine to full-electric. This Citroen e-C4 makes either of these sizemic steps a good deal more plateable to folk wavering on the edge of a crossover culture or a nightly charging regime. You get most of the visual cues associated with an SUV. And enough driving range to make the switch from combustion power to EV realistic enough to consider. Let's be honest, all of this isn't going to be enough to allow this car to out-sell the two family hatch EV models it's primarily targeted at, the Nissan LEAF and the Volkswagen ID.3. But the e-C4 has a much more individualistic charismatic feel than either of those two cars. It's a proper Citroen, which means it's interesting, stylish and extremely comfortable. And a proper Citroen is something we always welcome. If you're looking for a wider choice in the EV part of the family hatchback segment, you should too.

  • Rear wiper
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Dark tinted rear windows and side windows with chrome detail
  • Rain sensing automatic front windscreen wipers

  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Hill start assist
  • Electric parking brake
  • Post collision safety brake

  • Advanced comfort suspension - double hydraulic stops on front suspension and single on rear suspension

  • Apple car play and Android auto
  • Voice commands

  • In-crash braking
  • Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
  • Active blind spot detection
  • Speed limiter
  • Citroen connect box emergency and assistance system

  • 5.5 inch backlit full TFT driver's instrument cluster with LED ambient lighting
  • Citroen connect nav with real time traffic and speedcam
  • Driver's head-up display
  • 10" high resolution touchscreen user interface, controlling media, connectivity and vehicle settings

  • Electrically heated, folding and adjustable external rear view mirrors with courtesy lighting
  • Electrochrome interior rear-view mirror with automatic day-night switching
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Body colour painted external rear view mirrors

  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming
  • Citroen Hifi system with 1 speaker in dashboard centre, 4 woofers in doors, 2 tweeters in pillars and 1 subwoofer

  • Gloss black rear skirt
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Rear side wing doors

  • 3rd brake light
  • Intelligent beam headlights
  • LED front headlamps
  • Welcome and goodbye lighting
  • LED front fog lamps with static cornering function
  • LED daytime running lights in V signature

  • Remote temperature pre-conditioning
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning

  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 12V power outlet, 1x USB Type-C socket charging & data connection and 1x USB Type-A socket in 1st row and 1x USB Type-A socket charging in 2nd row
  • Deluxe leather steering wheel with two command blocks
  • Dashboard tray in front cabin
  • Chevrons cloth and leather effect textile seat upholstery
  • Raised centre console with armrest and two cup holders

  • Front and rear LED interior lighting
  • Boot light

  • High level acoustic insulation pack - C4
  • Anodised bronze colour pack - C4

  • Row 1 side thorax airbags
  • Row 1 and 2 curtain airbags
  • Manual deactivation of front passenger airbag
  • Manual child lock in second row
  • Seatbelt unfastened on the move warning
  • Tyre underinflation detection
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts

  • Height adjustable front passenger seat
  • Split folding rear seats
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 3 individual rear seats
  • Electrically heated front seats
  • Front head restraints
  • Height adjustable driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support
  • Map pockets in rear of front seats
  • Single front passenger seat

  • Anti-theft alarm (volumetric protection)
  • Remote locking with deadlocks
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and start

  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Mode 3 charging cable with Type 2 connectors - for accelerated charging from wall boxes and dedicated public charging points
  • 11 kW three phase onboard charger

  • 18" diamond-cut Crosslight alloy wheels with anti-theft locking wheel nuts

  • Puncture repair kit with compressor

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 450
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 30
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 0-80
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 50
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City: 472
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 351
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL: 352
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH: 351
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL: 14.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH: 16.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH: 3.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL: 4.3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City: 293
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 218
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH: 218
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL: 219
  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty: 70
  • Charging Port Location: Left Side Rear

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: C-Series Ed [11kWCh]
  • Coin Description: 50kWh
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 76
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 57
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 63
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 0.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 26.5
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10
  • Top Speed: 93
  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 192
  • Engine Torque - NM: 260
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3674

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: DIAMOND CUT CROSSLIGHT
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 4360
  • Width: 1800
  • Wheelbase: 2670
  • Width (including mirrors): 2032
  • Height: 1520

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 380
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 459
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1561
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2020
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1250
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

  • Adaptive cruise control with stop function: Included
  • Top rear vision reversing camera: Included
  • Citroen Smart Pad Support - integrated support for attaching a tablet computer for front passenger: Included
  • Citroen Smart Pad Support - dedicated tablet mount for Apple iPad Air 2: £100
  • Citroen Smart Pad Support - dedicated tablet mount for Samsung Galaxy Tablet A 10.5 " Screen: £100
  • Front, rear and lateral parking sensors: Included

  • Connected CAM Citroen integrated dashcam featuring automatic incident recording: £300

  • Matt black A-pillar and gloss black B-pillar: Included
  • Opening glazed sunroof: £800
  • Metallic paint: £545
  • Solid paint: Included
  • A-pillar painted in body colour and gloss black B-pillar: £0

  • Safety pack plus - C4/C-Series Edition: Included
  • City park pack - C4: £350
  • Safety plus pack with highway driver assist - C4: £400

  • Metallic - Iceland blue: £545
  • Metallic - Platinum grey: £545
  • Metallic - Perla nera black: £545
  • Metallic - Cumulus grey: £545

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Chevrons cloth and leather effect textile seat - Grey / black leather effect textile with ultra emerald green stitching + urban grey interior ambience: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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