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CITROEN C4 HATCHBACK 1.2 PureTech [130] Shine 5dr

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This third generation C4 is a far more creditable offering for Citroen in the family hatchback sector. And, the French brand hopes, can play its part in rejuvenating this segment by integrating SUV style and the option of full electric power into traditional family hatch design. Plus there's a clever suspension system to make this contender feel really Citroen-esque.

C HERE 4 INNOVATION

At last, Citroen can offer a credible but properly distinctive family hatch. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the third generation C4.

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This third generation C4 is a far more creditable offering for Citroen in the family hatchback sector. And, the French brand hopes, can play its part in rejuvenating this segment by integrating SUV style and the option of full electric power into traditional family hatch design. Plus there's a clever suspension system to make this contender feel really Citroen-esque.

Background

"This car", says Citroen CEO Vincent Cobee, "is Citroen to the core", this third generation C4 model's task being to return the brand to credibility in the Focus and Golf-dominated family hatch sector. The last C4, launched in 2010, wasn't particularly Citroen and wasn't particular successful either, selling mainly on low price - and towards the end of its life not even on that. In 2017, Citroen tried to replace it with an evolved family hatch-orientated version of its C4 Cactus crossover, but that didn't work either. This third generation C4, launched in mid-2020, plugs plays the crossover card too in terms of some aspects of its visual appeal, but unlike with the outgoing C4 Cactus, in buying one, you won't feel you're being forced into an SUV rather against your will. Instead, this C4 plays to the things people tend to like about Citroen - innovative design, a distinctive feel and exemplary ride quality. Plus there's an all-electric e-C4 version too.

Driving Experience

Citroen hopes that the way this car drives is what will sell it to you - or more specifically, the way this car rides. Like the outgoing C4 Cactus, it features a 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. You'll want to know about the engines. There's the brand's usual PureTech 1.2-litre 3 cylinder petrol unit, available in three states of tune with 100, 130 or 155hp options. All variants will be front driven, with more powerful models available with an 8-speed auto gearbox. Citroen also offers its usual 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel, available either with a 6-speed manual gearbox (in 110hp guise) or an 8-speed automatic (in 130hp form). New for the C4 range this time round is an all-electric version, the e-C4, which uses a 50kWh battery powering an electric motor and developing 135hp. It can make 62mph from rest in 9.7 seconds and go on to a top speed of 93mph, but the more important stat is this model's ability to cover a WLTP-rated range of 217 miles on a single charge. To boost this capability, the car can recover energy when decelerating or braking. And there are three drive modes - 'Eco', 'Normal' and 'Sport' - that can vary the level of engine power and the energy draw from the air conditioning to boost driving range.

Design and Build

What this MK3 C4 does beyond any doubt is to confirm 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, unlike with the old C4 Cactus, 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'. 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, whatever powertrain you prefer.

Market and Model

Right, let's get to prices, which from the launch of this car were pitched in the £21,000 to £28,000 bracket for the combustion-engined models. You'll need a fair bit more for an equivalently-trimmed all-electric e-C4 of course; at the time of this test in Spring 2021, prospective customers for that variant were being asked to pay somewhere in the £31,000 to £32,500 bracket, following subtraction of the £2,500 Government Plug-in Car Grant. There's just a single five-door body shape (the first generation C4 could also be had as a 3-door Coupe) but there's plenty of spec choice. The feeblest combustion PureTech 100 petrol and BlueHDi 110 diesel engines can be had with an entry 'Sense' standard of trim but otherwise, both combustion and electric C4s are sold with a choice of four trim levels - 'Sense', 'Sense Plus', 'Shine' or top 'Shine Plus'. Most will want the mid-range 'Sense Plus' or 'Shine' trim levels, which focus on the engines Citroen think most customers will want. The majority will be looking at the PureTech 130 petrol engine, with most likely to want to stump up the extra £1,400 the brand wants for the EAT8 8-speed automatic transmission that really suits this car, a gearbox you'll have to have if you want this petrol engine in the perkier 155hp form that's available with the top two levels of trim. Alternatives to PureTech petrol power cost more. Around £800 more if you want the BlueHDi 110hp manual model over a PureTech 130 manual. Or around £1,500 more if you want the BlueHDi 130 auto model over a PureTech 130 auto. Incidentally, the difference between a PureTech 130 auto model and an equivalently-trimmed electric e-C4 (which of course is also an auto) is nearly £6,000.

Cost of Ownership

So, petrol or electric? Of course, to make a proper judgement, you're going to need to peruse the combustion model efficiency figures - which are very class-competitive. The volume PureTech 130 EAT auto C4 variant returns up to 50.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 130g/km of CO2 - or up to 54.7mpg and up to 120g/km in manual gearbox form. With the PureTech 155 auto model, the figures are up to 48.8mpg and up to 133g/km. As for the BlueHDi diesel versions, well to give you an idea, a plush 'Shine'-spec BlueHDi 130 EAT8 auto model manages up to 64.5mpg and up to 120g/km. And electric? Well, the Department of Transport tells us that the average motorist in the UK covers 7,400 miles a year, which is the kind of mileage that would cost an e-C4 owner somewhere between £200 and £300 in added electricity charges, powering up from a typical 7.4kW garage wallbox on off peak rates, the variance depending on driving style and different electricity prices (we've assumed 11p per kWh). The same annual mileage in this PureTech petrol model would work out to somewhere between £750 and £820 - and you'd have to factor in more expensive annual garage servicing too. With a 7.4kW wallbox in place, a charge from empty with an e-C4 would take seven and a half hours with a single-phase supply. Out and about in an e-C4, the 7kW or 11kW public chargers you might come across won't be much quicker than your garage wallbox, but if you can find a 20kW public terminal, you'll be able to replenish your battery at the rate of 87 miles of charge for every hour you're sat cabled up. The gutsier 100kW Rapid chargers that are just starting to be installed on motorways are rare, but there are more of them in Europe and if you can find one, you'll be able to just an 80% charge in just 30 minutes.

Summary

All the ingredients for a strong showing are here as this third generation C4 nods to the two currently trending themes of crossover style and electrified power. Yet delivers them within a family hatchback package that traditional buyers in this segment can be comfortable with - quite literally, thanks to the Progressive Hydraulic Suspension set-up. The French maker thinks this sector is 'right for changes' and this car delivers them without getting carried away with innovation, as its C4 Cactus predecessor rather did. And it's obviously significant that within the range lies the brand's first credible full-electric model. Ultimately though, what really matters is that what we have here is a proper Citroen - with all that means. Thank goodness for that.

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

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

  • Suspension with progressive hydraulic cushions - double hydraulic stops on front suspension and single on rear suspension

  • Voice commands
  • Apple car play and Android auto

  • Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
  • Active blind spot detection
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Visio Park 1 (rear parking camera)
  • Front and rear parking sensors with flankguard
  • In-crash braking
  • Citroen connect box emergency and assistance system

  • 5.5 inch backlit full TFT driver's instrument cluster
  • Driver's head-up display
  • 10" high resolution touchscreen user interface, controlling media, connectivity and vehicle settings
  • Citroen connect nav with speed cam and danger zones alert

  • Electrically heated, folding and adjustable external rear view mirrors with courtesy lighting
  • Electrochrome interior rear-view mirror with automatic day-night switching
  • Obsidian black painted external rear view mirrors

  • Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Auxiliary input socket

  • Gloss black rear skirt
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers

  • Automatic headlights with high beam assist
  • LED front headlamps
  • Welcome and goodbye lighting
  • LED front fog lamps with static cornering function
  • LED daytime running lights in V signature

  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning

  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Two position boot floor
  • Deluxe leather steering wheel with two command blocks
  • 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
  • Raised centre console with two cup holders
  • Dashboard tray in front cabin

  • Front and rear LED interior lighting
  • Boot light

  • High level acoustic insulation pack - C4
  • Safety pack plus - C4 Shine/ Shine Plus

  • 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
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Tyre underinflation detection
  • Driver and front passenger airbags

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

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

  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 18" Aeroblade dark alloy wheels and smoke grey finish with anti-theft locking wheel

  • Puncture repair kit with compressor

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 120
  • HC+NOx: N

  • CC: 1199
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 46.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 41.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 54.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 48.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 63.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 55.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 52
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 44
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 54.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.3

  • 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 %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 130
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Shine
  • Coin Description: PureTech [130]
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Top Speed: 130
  • Engine Power - KW: 96
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 170
  • Engine Torque - NM: 230
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5
  • Engine Power - BHP: 131
  • Engine Power - PS: True

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

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

  • Length: 4355
  • Width: 1800
  • Wheelbase: 2670
  • Width (including mirrors): 2032
  • Height: 1525

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 380
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 660
  • Max. Loading Weight: 488
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1247
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1735
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1250
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

  • Wireless smartphone charging: £300

  • 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

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

  • 6 speakers: Included
  • Citroen Hifi system with 1 speaker in dashboard centre, 4 woofers in doors, 2 tweeters in pillars and 1 subwoofer: £350

  • Opening glazed sunroof: £800
  • Metallic paint: £545
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Premium metallic paint: £700
  • Matt black A-pillar and gloss black B-pillar: Included
  • A-pillar painted in body colour: £0

  • Chevrons cloth and leather effect textile seat upholstery: Included
  • Heated steering wheel: £50

  • City park pack - C4: £350
  • Hype black interior ambience with Siena leather and leather effect textile seats upholstery: £800
  • Gloss black pack - C4: £0
  • Textured grey colour pack - C4: Included
  • Anodised deep red colour pack - C4 Shine/Shine plus: £0
  • Metallic sand colour pack - C4 Shine/Shine plus: £0

  • Metallic - Iceland blue: £545
  • Metallic - Caramel brown: £545
  • Metallic - Cumulus grey: £545
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £545
  • Metallic - Platinum grey: £545

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Elixir red: £700

  • Siena leather and leather effect textile seat - Black / black leather effect textile with zephyr grey stitching + Hype Black interior ambience: £800

  • 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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