Citroën’s comfort-led positioning of this car makes for a medium-high driving position, and a slightly flat but broad seat that’s claimed to offer more foam padding than is typical of a regular hatchback.
It’s only moderately comfortable, though, and, as well as broad, it’s quite flat: easy to slide onto but with limited lateral support. It’s a little short in the cushion, too, and lacks cushion-angle adjustment or much in the way of lumbar support. (A more adjustable seat is offered as an option.)
Available space around the driver is about average. Citroën claims class-leading rear knee room, but we suspect this must be qualified with the front seats slid all the way forwards because, with the driver’s seat set for a typical adult, second-row accommodation levels are only average, with rear head room actually being a little bit mean for full-sized adults.
Boot space below the parcel shelf is 380 litres: another quite average showing. This is, of course, a pretty compact car for the European C-segment, but it’s unlikely to be one you’ll be drawn to for its practicality.
The instrument and infotainment layout is unconventional, but it doesn’t lack clarity and it isn’t made hard to interact with. Ahead of the driver is a smallish digital instrument screen that provides a very simple digital speedometer but little else at much scale. (One display mode dials up a rev counter of a sort, but it’s only small.) Our test car’s head-up display, projected on a separate pop-up screen rather than the windscreen, adds some useful extra information, but options to configure both displays are limited.
To the left of the primary controls is a good-sized infotainment system with some physical controls to aid usability. There are also tactile and materially appealing physical controls for heating and ventilation.
The car’s standard on material fit and finish is a bit mixed and the cabin isn’t free from harder, rougher mouldings. The use of chrome effectively conjures a little bit of an upmarket air, though.
The cabin also offers some really useful storage spaces and solutions, such as the Smart Pad Support system. This is a sliding storage tray for a full-sized tablet PC that slides out from the dashboard in front of the front passenger. It contains a case that slots into a cradle immediately above the tray, which has inserts to suit any number of touchscreen devices, as well as a covering screen filter that prevents the device from distracting the driver.
Citroen C4 infotainment and sat-nav
All C4s come with digital instruments and a 10.0in touchscreen infotainment system that brings with it smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android phones via a wired USB-C link.
All models but the entry grade also come with a head-up display, an extra USB charging port and a factory navigation system whose data services come subject to subscription. Our test car’s range-topping trim includes Citroën’s eight-speaker audio system (up from six as standard) and extra USB charging ports for back-seat passengers.
Citroën’s touchscreen set-up has a physical volume knob and a home button, which make it usable enough at a basic level, but it could do with a few more because finding some functions can be distracting.
The factory navigation mapping is simple but clear, its directions are easy to follow and you can set destinations in spoken fashion at the first time of asking.