I owned a C4 for the best part of 10 months, before trading it in this past February for a bigger car. Over that period of time I did just under 10,000 miles.
The C4 is a nicely practical car with a good sized and shaped boot, and reasonably rear passenger space. The ride quality is superb, and it also handles pretty well.
The fuel economy is exceptional (averaging 54mpg even around town), and the performance from the 92bhp 1.6 HDI is very reasonable too.
However, the build quality didn't feel up to scratch - the car had two recalls during my ownership (and a further 3 since). I had to have the car in to the garage on two further occassions for lose trim and for the speed limiter/cruise control malfunctioning. I couldn't put up with that.
The brakes also seem rather dodgy in cold and wet weather until you have been going for a few miles. The radio is also an issue, with it being reluctant to hold on to FM radio stations whilst driving around.
It could have been a great car (I bought one instead of a Golf or Focus), but the build quality seriously lets it down.
i was given this car as a loan car for 4 months as my megane was written on in an earlier accident.
when i seen the C4, i wasn't very optimistic due to terrible past experiances with a picasso. However i took the car and was stunned at how good this little car was. Noisy and 'tinny' on the motorway but great in town and the novelty, quircky features were a hit with the friends such as the fixed hub in the wheel.
I think they could have been slightly more adventurous in the rear end styling on the 5door like renault did and the plastics on the sterio and heater funtion housing were not brilliant, but the car was.
As soon as the insurance money had been finalised i found myself signing for an identical silver 5door sx model. that was in december and the c4 has given me over 6 months trouble free motoring. excellent.
The Citroen C4 rides and handles in a very accomplished fashion, with an ability to soak up large bumps (and eliminate the effects of poor road surfaces) being a real boon, especially for passengers in the back on long journeys.
The C4 also seems well screwed together; with a rattle-free cabin that, unlike Citroens of old, looks like lasting the course. However, the quality of soft-touch plastics on the dash, coupled with some cheap looking switchgear mean that the C4 falls short of class leaders such as the Golf, Civic, Astra or Focus. Indeed, on cheaper models, too much black plastic adorns the cabin, with the centre console being the biggest culprit (the lower part houses several pen holder trays which serve only to collect dust and make the car difficult to clean).
Engines throughout the range are smooth and efficient with the 1.4 being a capable, free revving unit that's ideal for city driving. It does run out of puff slightly when needed for overtaking, but changing down is no hardship as the C4's gearbox is a pleasure to use.
The Golf, Focus, Astra and Civic still come out ahead of the C4 overall, (mainly because of question marks over long-term reliability and heavy depreciation) although the C4 does offer excellent value for money and, in my opinion, would make a wise choice for anyone planning to keep their new car for 3 years+
I have owned the three-door coupe version for the last six months. In that time, it has spent 10 days back at the dealers for numerous different problems, including faulty brakes, the air-condidioning draining into the footwells, trim not fitting, and the door out of alignment.
It also has numerous rattles from within the cabin, which would, under normal circumstances, be drowned out by the stereo, but when this is turned up, it becomes distorted. There's also wind noise from the doors, static shocks from the bodywork, door handles sticking and as we speak, I think the rear brakes are just about to fall off!
Although the dealer has tried to fix these problems under warranty, I can see no end to either recurring or new problems with this car.
Based on my experience with this car, I would never recommend the C4 to anyone.
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