The C4 offers pretty obvious value for money as a family hatchback. The entry-level 99bhp Sense version is more than £1000 cheaper than a bottom-end Ford Focus and is cheaper than an equivalent Renault Mégane by a similar margin.
One or two rivals are cheaper still, but when you consider that this car comes with 18in wheels, a widescreen infotainment system, a basic autonomous emergency braking system and curtain airbags for both rows of passengers, it offers plenty for the money. Our test car was £1000 to £2500 cheaper than most of its upper-trim-level rivals when corrected for equipment, if not for power output.
This car’s potential for better than 55mpg on longer runs might well appeal to some and, thanks to the generous-for-a-hatchback 50-litre tank, it would make for a range of more than 600 miles between fills. Insurance won’t be particularly cheap by volume-selling hatchback class standards, though, starting at a group 13 classification (some rivals go below group 10) and rising to group 22 for high-end trims.