Improved engines, lights and gearbox for new Citroen C4
Upgraded Citroen C4 will be priced from £14,645 when it goes on sale in April 2015
The updated hatchback goes on sale in April, priced from £14,645. There are new engines, as well as a revised six-speed automatic gearbox – available on some of the higher-power petrol and diesel engines.
Visual changes are slight, with the C4 boasting revised headlamps – with LED daytime running lights – and new 3D-effect tail lights. There are also two new shades of grey and a fresh 17-inch alloy wheel design.
Inside, there are new upholstery options and a simpler dashboard design. Top-spec models get a seven-inch touchscreen lifted from the C4’s sister car, the Peugeot 308, though the climate controls have been left on the dashboard rather than hidden within the screen. Buyers can also specify massage seats with electric lumbar adjustment, as well as a large panoramic sunroof.
The C4’s dimensions are unchanged from the outgoing car, meaning it benefits from a large 408-litre boot. The seats fold 60:40 to reval 1,183 litres of space, while up front there’s door bins capable of carrying a 1.5-litre water bottle.
Citroen will offer a total of five engines and three trim levels. The basic 108bhp PureTech petrol emits 110g/km of CO2 (60.1mpg), while the most economical diesel – the 99bhp BlueHDi S&S – knocks that figure down to just 86g/km (85.6mpg). There’s also a more powerful 128bhp petrol, as well as 118bhp and 148bhp diesels.
Touch, Feel and Flair specifications allow buyers a choice of trims. Basic Touch cars get 16-inch steel wheels, electrically adjustable mirrors, body-coloured bumpers and the new 3D-effect rear lights. Inside, there’s air conditioning, cruise control and height-adjustable front seats. The basic petrol costs £14,645, while the more economical 99bhp diesel (without stop-start) is priced from £16,745.
The Feel is the mid-range specification and adds alloy wheels, chrome trim and a leather steering wheel. DAB radio, driver’s seat lumbar adjustment and Bluetooth connectivity are also included. Petrol cars cost from £16,645, with the diesel priced at £17,345. You can add stop-start for another £200.
Top-of-the-range Flair cars are the best equipped. Tinted rear windows, front fog lights and rear parking sensors are included, as is the seven-inch touchscreen with DAB, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The Auto Pack is also added, which includes auto lights and wipers, a self-dimming rear view mirror and noise-reducing acoustic windscreen. Prices start from £17,645 for the 108bhp petrol, up to £20,045 for the flagship £20,045 diesel with 148bhp.
A six-speed robotised manual automatic gearbox is available on the 128bhp petrol, as well as the 118bhp diesel. It commands a premium of around £1,100.
The existing C4 has sold more 450,000 units worldwide since production started in 2010. The new C4 is available to order now, with first deliveries expected in April.
Now read our review of the new Citroen C4 BlueHDI diesel.