The Citroën ë-C4 wasn’t one of the very first mid-sized hatchbacks to go fully electric and we should probably be glad that it wasn’t. Because if it had been in the vanguard of affordable EVs, an electric powertrain might well have been novelty enough. Would there have been room left over for Citroën to do its habitual quirky thing and bake a bit of alternative design appeal and left-field joie de vivre into the car?
As it was, when the ë-C4 finally came along in 2020 and the affordable EV segment was already established, it could plough a furrow of its own - and now, that furrow is pushing out just a little bit more widely.
Having had a series of upgrades to its mechanical and equipment specification introduced incrementally over the past couple of years - a cheaper entry-level model at the turn of 2022, and series of hardware revisions later that year (among which were a new heating and ventilation system, with an efficiency-boosting heat pump as standard, as well as longer transmission gearing) - the car has now had a minor facelift.
As part of it, every ë-C4 in the range has been made marginally more aerodynamic and efficient again, with electric range on the standard car extended up to 224 miles. And there’s also a new, range-topping model with more battery capacity and a more efficient and powerful motor.