Citroen has given its C4 hatchback a mild makeover
16 September 2008

Citroen has released pictures and specifications for the revised C4. The visual makeover is a mild one, but the car is also being offered with two new petrol engine and revised HDI diesel motors.

Aesthetically it’s a case of trying to spot the difference. Headlights and front bumper design has been tweaked slightly and the three-door ‘coupe’ now comes with transparent ‘crystal effect’ rear lights. Inside the cabin material quality has been improved and the rev counter has been relocated to the central display unit. Top-spec versions get the option of a new HDD satnav and audio system.

The new petrol engines have been engineered by BMW, and are closely related to those in the Mini and sportier versions of the Peugeot 207. The naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre version combines 119bhp with 42.2 mpg, while the turbocharged 1.6-litre ‘THP’ has 149bhp and a combined fuel economy figure of 40.9mpg.

The HDI engines now come with low rolling resistance Michelin ‘Energy Saver’ tyres as standard, improving fuel economy and emissions slightly. The revised range will be priced from £12,695 for the 1.4 LX 5dr to £19,895 for the range-topping 2.0 HDI 138 Exclusive Auto 5dr – and that’s before the inevitable generous Citroen discounts get applied.

Our Verdict

Citroën C4
The Citroën C4 range comprises three diesel and three petrol engines, plus three trim levels

An admirable car, but there is an abundance of much better rivals

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17 September 2008

looks worse.

18 September 2008

I've always loved the C4, but I think I prefer the original. The front just doesn't seem to sit quite right. Still, it's a nice design. Love the new advert for it too!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

11 September 2009

I love the C4, The digital dash is a vast improvement over any of the rivals. I havent seen any pics of the new C4 interior yet but I assume it has a similar dahboard layout to the C3 Picasso.. The ride and handling is good. The only fault I can find is inadequate storage space in the cabin

11 September 2009

[quote Nikonguy]The only fault I can find is inadequate storage space in the cabin[/quote]

Not to mention the poor quality interior. I had a sit in one before I got my C5 and couldn't believe how poor the interior quality was. Pressumably a quality lift will have to wait for a true new shape.

11 September 2009

Considering the quality of the interior of the C4 and C5 is identical. Lee obviously dislikes Citroens, so why have one, you might as well have a 2CV and save urself a bundle

11 September 2009

[quote Nikonguy]Considering the quality of the interior of the C4 and C5 is identical. [/quote]

Identical? You really are a moron aren't you. Either than or you've never been in a C5.

[quote Nikonguy]Lee obviously dislikes Citroens, so why have one[/quote]

Yes of course I always buy cars I dislike. If you look at other threads I have defended Citroen on many occasions. What I'm not willing to do is be blind to faults and the poor quality of the C4 is a fault.

11 September 2009

[quote Nikonguy]Considering the quality of the interior of the C4 and C5 is identical[/quote] Eh? While I dont think that the C4 interior is shockingly bad, its not as good as the latest citroen offerings, C5 & C3 etc. Personally, I barely notice a differnce between this C4 and the pre-facelifted one. Always thought it was a distinctive car, but not one I would buy personally

11 September 2009

[quote superstevie][quote Nikonguy]Considering the quality of the interior of the C4 and C5 is identical[/quote] Eh? While I dont think that the C4 interior is shockingly bad, its not as good as the latest citroen offerings, C5 & C3 etc. Personally, I barely notice a differnce between this C4 and the pre-facelifted one. Always thought it was a distinctive car, but not one I would buy personally[/quote]

I know someone who has a C3 and a C3 Picasso. I think the Picasso version much better laid out the the other C3. Better dash, more room in boot and cabin. There really is nothing shockingly bad with the C4, interior or exterior. Much nicer than the C5 by a long way. I only wish more manufactures would install digital dashboards, far easier to read, less time for eyes off the road, etc etc, averages 65+ mpg on diesel

11 September 2009

[quote Nikonguy]Much nicer than the C5 by a long way. [/quote]

Tw+t.

11 September 2009

[quote superstevie] While I dont think that the C4 interior is shockingly bad[/quote]

It's ok in places but poor in others. I looked at one with a view to buying it and found that while the general dash was fine some of the plastics, particularly in the rear were pretty poor. Even the salesman admitted that pretty much every C4 they sell comes back to have jammed gloveboxes sorted out.

As for my C5 well it's now done 20k in 10 months without a single fault. Nothing. That might not sound like a major achievment but it's more than any Vauxhall, Ford, VW, Seat etc I ever had managed. I doubt the C4 would have come close, hence why I didn't get one (amongst other reasons).

I take things as I find them. If something's good I'll say so and if i find it to be poor I'll do the same. Some people (Nikonguy) are blind to the obvious faults of a given manufacturer and will defend them in the face of irrefutible evidence to the contrary. Even making things up to prove their point.

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