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Citroen C4 hatchback (2010-2018) review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

Good fuel efficiency and low running costs should ease the pain of high depreciation

Overall Auto Express Rating

2.0 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs Rating

3.8 out of 5

Price
£19,690 to £28,430
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All Citroen C4s will depreciate like a stone (see below), so second-hand examples will offer good value for money.

At least running costs are low. The BlueHDi-engined Citroen C4s are the star performers – all returning claimed fuel economy of more than 70mpg. The most efficient of all is the Stop & Start BlueHDi 100 which can eke out 85.6mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 86g/km.

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The mid-range BlueHDi 120 is our pick though, thanks to its low list price, still impressive fuel economy of up to 78.5mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 95g/km.

Beware of the bigger 17-inch wheels in combination with the automatic gearbox though, as these can push emissions over the 100g/km CO2 barrier.

Actually, we wouldn’t recommend the C4’s EAT6 sequential automatic box at all. It's not very smooth and requires you to change your driving style to make jerk-free shifts. It’s not cheap either, attracting a premium of more than £1k over manual equivalents. So take a look at one of the VW Group's crisp-shifting DSGs instead if you really need an automatic family car.

The C4’s three-cylinder PureTech petrol isn't quite as frugal as the diesel. but it's definitely smoother. You'll be looking at around 50mpg on most models, with the lowest-powered PureTech 110 returning as much as 60mpg with 110g/km CO2 emissions.

Insurance groups

With so many engines on offer, the insurance group range for the Citroen C4 is quite broad. The action starts at group 12 for the least powerful three-cylinder petrol model and ends at the older 2.0 HDi diesel in group 23.

Depreciation

All new cars lose a lot of money when driven out of the showroom, but predicted residual values for the C4 range are especially dire. Most models lost three-quarters of their value over three years and 30,000 miles from new. Unless you look at the entry-level petrol model, which is even worse...

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.2 PureTech You 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £18,545

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.2 PureTech You 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £18,545

Fastest

  • Name
    1.2 Hybrid [136] Plus 5dr e-DCS6
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £25,365
Senior test editor

Dean has been part of the Auto Express team for more than 20 years, and has worked across nearly all departments, starting on magazine production, then moving to road tests and reviews. He's our resident van expert, but covers everything from scooters and motorbikes to supercars and consumer products.

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