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Citroen C4 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The C4 is practical enough for day-to-day family use, but rivals offer bigger boot space

Citroen definitely receives plus points for returning to physical dials to operate the heating and air-con functions. Previously, these controls were located within the infotainment system and weren’t easy to use while on the move. A head-up display is also standard on all but the entry Sense version, allowing the driver to view key information such as speed limits and nav directions without taking their attention away from the road.

Interior storage is good with useful door bins and assorted cubbies, while there’s a variable height boot floor for a little extra versatility. For an extra £100 you can even specify a dash-mounted tablet holder for the front passenger, which folds away when not needed.


The C4 has a bigger footprint than a typical family hatchback: 76mm longer and 45mm wider than a Volkswagen Golf. With overall dimensions of 4,360mm (length) and 1,834 (width), the C4 is comparable to the Toyota C-HR, being just 30mm shorter and 39mm wider than its Japanese rival.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Space inside the C4 is good, with enough leg and headroom for four six-footers to sit in decent comfort, although squeezing an extra passenger in the middle rear seat would perhaps be better when undertaking shorter journeys. The C4 is perfectly adequate for family life, although you might want to consider its bigger C5 Aircross sibling if you need more space.


All Citroen C4 versions have a 380-litre boot capacity, which lags behind the Mazda CX-30’s 430 litres of load space. The C4 is more on a par with a Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus in its luggage carrying ability, but if you need to maximise practicality then you might be better off with the class-leading Skoda Octavia.


The maximum braked towing capacity for the C4 is 1,200kg, which isn’t as capable as some Ford Focus versions that offer up to 1,800kg, but easily outstrips the Toyota C-HR’s 725kg rating.

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