New 2021 Citroen C4 and e-C4 go on sale in the UK

Petrol, diesel and electric variants of the reborn Citroen C4 are on sale now with the erstwhile family hatch taking on a crossover flavour

The new Citroen C4 is on sale in the UK now, with the all-electric e-C4 - the brand’s first passenger electric car using the Stellantis group e-CMP platform - arriving in UK showrooms alongside its petrol and diesel powered counterparts. 

The new C4 has been rebooted as coupe-SUV in a departure from its traditional family hatchback lineage and is priced from £23,005 in petrol guise. Customers for the zero-emissions e-C4 will be charged from £30,395 after the UK’s £3,000 plug-in vehicle grant has been applied. 

The new C4 line-up consists of four trim levels: Sense, Sense Plus, Shine and Shine Plus. 

The entry-level Sense model comes as standard with LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, lane-keep assist and an active safety brake. Inside, buyers get a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control and an electric parking brake. Models in Sense trim were priced from £20,990 when Citroen first detailed the new C4 line-up but they do not appear on the C4 configurator from launch, hence the rise in starting price. 

Sense Plus models represent the entry-level option from launch and start from £23,005. They add a head-up display, a rear parking camera, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, electrically folding door mirrors and a host of connected services such as live traffic, fuel pricing and weather information. There’s also an improved LED interior lighting system, two USB sockets and a tablet mount for front seat passengers.

Prices for the upper mid-range Shine specification start £24,005, for which buyers get rear privacy glass, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive LED headlights and extra safety technology, such as adaptive cruise control, active blind spot detection and a more sophisticated traffic sign recognition system.

Finally, the flagship Shine Plus model gains a wireless smartphone charging pad, leather and textile upholstery, heated front seats, a premium stereo system with a subwoofer and Citroen’s highway driver assist system, which can automatically adjust the speed and direction of the vehicle under motorway driving conditions. Prices start from £26,605.

New 2021 Citroen C4: engines and drivetrains

UK Citroen C4 buyers have their choice of three petrol, two diesel and one pure-electric powertrain. Petrol options include PSA’s familiar PureTech 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine in three states of tune – 99, 128 or 153bhp. All models are front-wheel drive, while the more powerful versions are available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The C4’s diesel range is based around PSA’s turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine – and it’s available in outputs of either 108bhp or 128bhp. The less powerful model is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the range-topping model comes with an eight-speed automatic.

The ë-C4 features a 50kWh battery pack and an electric motor mounted on the front axle, which develops 135bhp. Citroen claims the ë-C4 can cover 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds, hit a top speed of 93mph and cover 217 miles on a single charge. The car’s battery pack will also recover an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes when plugged into a 100kW fast charger. A full charge using a 7kW wallbox charger takes a little over seven hours.

Every version of the third-generation C4 will also be fitted with Citroen’s new progressive hydraulic suspension set-up. The car’s springs and shock absorbers work with hydraulic compression and rebound stops, which are designed to gradually slow body movement over bumps and potholes – ultimately improving ride quality.

New 2021 Citroen C4: design and interior

The regular hatchback market has suffered in the wake of the SUV boom, so Citroen took a different approach with the styling of the third-generation C4. As revealed by Auto Express earlier this year, the firm’s traditional Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus rival has morphed into a coupe-inspired crossover.

Citroen’s CEO, Vincent Cobée, recently explained to Auto Express how the C4’s market needed reinventing. “I would agree that the C-segment has been a fairly traditional sector and is probably right for changes,” he said. “One [idea] is to find the proper balance between affordability, versatility and comfort, better access, and better visibility, as there’s probably also a need for more spice in the style.”

So, the new C4 borrows styling cues from the larger C5 Aircross SUV, as well as the 19_19 Concept, which recently revealed Citroen’s planned future design language The concept’s influence can be seen in the head and tail-light design of the new C4.

Whether buyers choose combustion or electric power, the crossover’s styling will be identical, with the exception of blue detailing on the badges of the e-C4.

The C4 measures 4,360 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, 1,525 mm high, making it noticeably larger than a VW Golf. Citroen claims boot capacity of 380 litres across every model, while wheel sizes range from 16 to 18 inches in diameter.

Citroen’s work in the C4’s cabin is a more gentle redesign of what we can see in today’s C4 Cactus. Most obviously, there’s a new 10-inch infotainment system and digital instrument binnacle, while a new centre console occupies the centre of the cabin. Wireless smartphone charging as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are also included.

Citroen also claims there are 16 storage compartments dotted around the cabin that add up to 39 litres of additional storage.

What does the new Citroen C4 have to beat? Now read our rundown of the best small SUVs and crossovers on sale in the UK now

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