From £13,380
Most frugal C4 is the pick of the range so far: smooth, refined and should be cheap to run

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

Mark Tisshaw
4 September 2010

What is it?

This is the cleanest, greenest model in Citroën’s new C4 range: the e-HDi.

The micro-hybrid e-HDi powertrain incorporates a clever stop-start system that’s driven by the alternator. This reduces the need for a beefed-up starter motor so restarts are smoother and quicker.

Throw in all the usual eco-model add-ons, including regenerative braking and low-rolling-resistance tyres, and you have a C4 rated at 67.3mpg combined (15 per cent better than a standard 1.6 HDi) and 109g/km of CO2.

What’s it like?

In practice, the stop-start system is fast and discreet in its operation to the point where, after a while, you don’t even notice it’s there. Even with the usually slow-witted six-speed automated manual ’box, progress off the line is smooth.

The gearbox is a mismatch when it’s paired with the 154bhp 1.6 THP petrol engine, but it is far better suited to the less urgent, steadier character of the 110bhp 1.6 HDi unit. The speed of gearchanges still frustrates, but they are smoother and faster and help put you in the eco-driving mindset.

Should I buy one?

If you’re sold on the looks and ownership proposition of the new C4, you may well regard this model as the pick of the range. Citroën clearly hopes so.

It expects this version to be the best-selling C4 in the UK, accounting for more than one third of sales.

The smooth, efficient e-HDi powertrain is a match for the rest of the car’s characteristics: it never excites but it goes about its business in a sedate way. If fuel-efficiency and low CO2 are also factors in your decision, then it will hold appeal.

Citroen C4 e-HDI 110

Price: £19,700; Top speed: 118mph; 0-62mph: 11.2sec; Economy: 67.3mpg; CO2: 109g/km; Kerbweight: 1290kg; Engine: 1560cc, 4cyls, turbodiesel; Power: 110bhp at 3600rpm; Torque: 199lb ft at 2000rpm; Gearbox: 6-spd automated manual

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13 October 2010

£19,700 is a lot for a Citroen C4 but wait 5 minutes and there'll be a "we pay the VAT" offer.

13 September 2013

Actually it seems VW are selling its cars at knock down prices now not Citroen which have seemingly got rid of those adverts recently.

14 December 2013
Funny how we are snobbish when cars get discounts on yet everything else in life we are delighted if there are discounts

14 October 2010

This announcement is useless without actual fuel consumption data. The more advanced the trickery the less likely one is to ever get near the official mpg figures. And as this model is launched with its lower fuel consumption as its USP, the actual fuel consumption data are crucial.

14 October 2010

This car looks like a good proposition.

Since the C5 (in my opinion "best in class") Citroen have been getting it right.

...the band was playing Dixie: double-four time...

18 October 2010

Now that they have announced a green eco friendly C4 model hows about a sporty model and if they need a name I suggest the C4 semtex, it will go like a bomb.

18 October 2010

What's going on with the flanks? The rising line from the rear door handle I understand, don't like but understand - but what about the one at the front that starts nowhere and finishes nowhere? Then another line that drops offer lower down on the passenger door? The last C4 was a really cleanly styled car that was all of a whole. This one is like a child let loose with a box of crayons.

15 November 2010

A little expensive and its a shame a brand new car in this sector with that particular engine isn't getting a CO2 figure under 100g/ km. Ford can manage it with the Focus and thats a getting on 6-year old design, so why doesn't the new C4 'e-HDI' achieve it? Performance is a bit lacking too, 0-60 should comfortably be under 11-seconds. I get the feeling this car might have a bit of a weight problem...

15 November 2010

[quote J400uk] a shame a brand new car in this sector with that particular engine isn't getting a CO2 figure under 100g/ km. Ford can manage it with the Focus and thats a getting on 6-year old design, so why doesn't the new C4 'e-HDI' achieve it? Performance is a bit lacking too, 0-60 should comfortably be under 11-seconds[/quote] Autocar list the Focus Econetic 109hp as having a CO2 output of 104g/km with a 0 to 60 time of 11.8 seconds. Although the carfueldata website gives the latest Focus, 2011 model with dpf, a 99g/km and zero ved tax rating. The engine and stop start system in this Citroen and the Focus are identical as are all Ford and Peugeot Citroen diesel engines. As the Autocar article this relates to is several months old maybe the figures have changed.

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