What is it?
Back then the Citroën proved a quietly popular choice thanks to its extensive kit list, soft ride and distinctive interior design but, since then, many new or heavily revamped rivals have arrived – such as the all-new Peugeot 308, Mazda 3 and updated Ford Focus.
In order to keep Citroën in some kind of contention a host of upgrades have been carried out. Predictably, there is a selection of light cosmetic and equipment tweaks. The C4 now features redesigned lights, front and rear, new trims and paint options, and a simplified dashboard with an integrated 7.0-inch touchscreen display.
More importantly, the engine line-up has been revamped, resulting in improvements in efficiency and, in many cases, performance. Gone are the old four-cylinder VTi petrols, replaced entirely by modern ‘PureTech’ three-cylinder units, while the diesel range has been refreshed with the latest BlueHDi engines.
We tested the mid-spec BlueHDi 120 version of the facelifted Citroën C4, with a six-speed manual gearbox and a stop-start system, in flagship Flair trim. As standard it includes the likes of dual-zone climate, navigation, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and cruise control.