This is the best and most distinctive-looking in its class. I recently test-drove the five-speed manual 110bhp diesel. This is a very good, strong engine and, if the economy figures are to be believed, probably the best engine in the range.
The car was taut and sprightly, with excellent visibility. The ride and seats were good, but firmer than expected, while the handling was crisp. Unfortunately, the manual version is let down by a sloppy gear change and poor positioning of the pedals, especially the clutch pedal.
My size-nine feet kept on getting stuck between the clutch pedal and the inadequate foot rest space. Also, the pedals are too high. I feel this car would be very tiring to drive in slow London traffic as a result. I would be interested to hear if anyone else has noticed this, but to me it is a glaring design fault, which has put me off buying one of these.
Otherwise they are excellent cars. Unfortunately you cannot buy an automatic diesel C4, and the diesel seems a much more attractive prospect than the petrol. The build quality has improved but is still way behind Audi.
In the last couple of years I have owned a Ford Focus Zetec and a Picasso and the new c4 beats them both hands down. Value for money in terms of buying and running are second to none.
The best bit is the head turning though. For a medium hatch it attracts quite a few stares, which is always a bonus when driving your new baby...
As for the nitty gritty after driving a few diesels this one makes you pinch yourself when filling up cos you simply forget it is a diesel... quiet and nippy, it's surprising how many hot little hatches you can leave behind at the traffic lights.
Loads of features inside too, if you like gadgets and lots of buttons that you probably don't even need and you want to be noticed then this is the car for you.
A marked improvement from Citroen. Everything about the car feels more substantial than previous Citroens, and the car makes comfort the priority.
The specification of the VTR+ represents incredible value for money, there are too many features to list here, but when Citroen say "alive with technology", it wasn't an empty boast.
Previously I owned a Citroen Picasso SX and, whilst the car was roomy and well built, the new C4 is an evolution in all aspects. If you are thinking of buying a C4, in my opinion, the VTR+ is a better option than lower models, as it has all the "bells and whistles" that the C4 is known for.
I have driven this car and I thought it was brilliant because the refinement is up there with the best like the Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
I have thought about buying one after I have test driven the Astra, Focus and Golf. When I have driven all of these cars I will definitely buy one.
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