In-depth reviews

Citroen C4 review - Engines, performance and drive

Not the most dynamic or fun to drive, but the C4 offers excellent levels of comfort

Citroen has chosen to prioritise comfort for the third-generation C4, and a key piece of tech that helps to improve the ride is the use of hydraulic dampers, which are designed to more effectively deal with big bumps in the road and lessen any impact felt in the cabin. The system works well and you really notice the difference, compared to standard family hatches, when driving around town and taking on the scarred tarmac often found along urban routes.

What isn’t so great when driving the C4 is its overly-light steering which lacks any feel or feedback. Coupled with quite a bit of body roll through corners, you couldn’t say that the C4 is a particularly fun car to drive.

The 128bhp three-cylinder petrol engine has a reasonable amount of low-end punch, and is better paired with the six-speed manual ‘box rather than the eight-speed automatic transmission. The auto is smooth enough, but we think it’s best suited to the stronger 153bhp motor.

Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed 

If you’re after the fastest C4, then the 153bhp 1.2-litre PureTech version is the one to go for: 0-62mph is dispatched in 8.5 seconds, before topping out at 129mph. The 128bhp variants aren’t too far behind, however, with the six-speed manual managing the same sprint in 8.9 seconds, and the auto taking a further 0.5 seconds to reach the benchmark.

Opting for diesel power, or the all-electric drive of the e-C4 doesn’t mean a reduction in performance, with the 128bhp oil-burner needing 9.5 seconds to reach 62mph and the EV half a second quicker.

Have you considered?

New Cupra Leon Estate 2021 review
Cupra Leon Estate - front
Cupra Leon

New Cupra Leon Estate 2021 review

The new 306bhp Cupra Leon Estate has arrived in the UK, but is it worth its premium price tag?
14 Jul 2021
Cupra Leon review
Cupra Leon 300 - front
Cupra Leon

Cupra Leon review

Brilliant to drive, well-equipped and offering decent value for money, the Cupra Leon is a hot hatchback worthy of serious consideration
22 Jun 2021

Most Popular

New Vauxhall Crossland Griffin arrives to boost SUV’s appeal
Vauxhall Crossland Griffin
Vauxhall Crossland

New Vauxhall Crossland Griffin arrives to boost SUV’s appeal

The new Vauxhall Crossland Griffin undercuts the SE on price, but adds more equipment
26 Jul 2021
New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range
Kia EV6 - front
Kia EV6

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range

Kia reveals more specs for its bespoke electric car, with the EV6 offering long range and an 18-minute 80 per cent rapid recharge time
21 Jul 2021
New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900
Audi RS 3 Sportback - front
Audi RS3

New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900

Full exterior and interior reveal for Audi RS 3, with aggressive styling and racy cabin to match strong performance
19 Jul 2021