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
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.
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.
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.
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...
In this review
- 1Citroen C4 hatchback (2010-2018) reviewIt's comfortable and economical, but the Citroen C4 doesn't stand out in any particular area
- 2Engines, performance and driveA soft ride doesn't make up for the C4's uninspired handling, but the engines are reasonable
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingGood fuel efficiency and low running costs should ease the pain of high depreciation
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe ageing C4 is up against some tough competitors, but it just about styles things out...
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe C4 makes a very comfortable family cruiser, with room for lots of luggage
- 6Reliability and SafetyC4 safety gets a cheer from EuroNCAP, but reliability gets a groan in our Driver Power survey