4 January 2005

Citroen was promising to rein in discounts on the C4 before it was launched, but it doesn’t look like its dealers were listening as there are some tasty deals now on the table. Admittedly one London-based dealer was steadfastly refusing to sell a C4 for anything other than list price ‘for at least nine months’, but it doesn’t look like it will be selling many cars as everyone else we contacted was open to haggling. Typical of the sort of offer available was the £14,685 a Lancashire dealer would accept for a 1.6 HDi VTR Plus five-door, listing at £16,220 with metallic paint added. The salesman also indicated that more cash could be cut if we were prepared to commit, and will sell the same car to business users for just £13,295 on a contract hire scheme. Discounts are just as tidy down south. Several salesmen indicated that they would be looking at selling a C4 for ‘around £14,500’, a £1700 saving. And one said he’d expected things to get even rosier ‘in a few months time’. But no main dealer can beat the prices available through the internet brokers. www.drivethedeal.co.uk will sell you a 1.6 HDi VTR five-door for £13,709, carving a handy £2185 off list price.

Our Verdict

Alpina B5

The Alpina B5 is very quick, but it is let down by uninvolving driving dynamics

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