I've been driving this for over a year now and done approx 43k miles. The EGS gearbox takes a little getting used to but its great in stop start traffic. The car rarely delivers less than 50mpg in normal everyday usage and when cruising on the motorway at 65-70 it will easily manage 55-60mpg.
Handling could be sharper but its acceptable,
Interior wise its okay I like the bid speedo which is easy to see.
The rear seat leg room is a bit mean and the boot a little small but since its rarely carries significant amounts of people or luggage its not an issue to me.
Only real problem was the handle locking open on the drivers door but this was fixed by the garage with a bit of grease.
Build quality was better than the old C5 I drove for a while.
Road tax is only £35 as the 1.6HDI EGS is 120g Co2/km!
When running, this is good to drive and has plenty of room. However, in 2 years it clocked up four new turbos, a brake failure, five recalls and a new clutch.
In total I managed 17,000 miles due simply to the length of time it was in the garage. The main grumble is with the dealerships and Citroen for their atrocious service, where poor customer service is OK.
Speaking to other dealerships, the C4 is a dud car with a huge catalogue of problems.
I bought this car brand new in May 2006 having previously owned a C5 estate. Test drove a Skoda Octavia and a Honda Civic before opting for the C4. Great engine, loads of kit, plenty of pockets & places to store knick-knacks along with good looks. Comfy although feels unsettled over bumps & potholes and the interior rattles all over the place which drives me crazy! Air con not the best but don't believe all this stuff about confusing instrument displays and the like as once you get used to them they're just fine. No reliability issues at all (apart from the trim rattles) although engine doesn't sound great on start up when ticking over in very cold weather. Am considering changing as approaching two years old but what to get? A car with this much kit is usually top of the range with other manufacturers and some of the stuff (e.g. auto-dimming rear view mirror) is only available as an otion with other brands.
What an expected and wonderful surprise!
Time for me to eat a bit of public humble pie.
I had originally set my sights on a VW Golf 2.0 TDi as I wanted a turbo-diesel with an auto box. However, the timing of a move to a new flat meant economies had to be made on the car front...
I thought I'd wait for the new Ford PowerShift box and get a Focus but found the 08 Focus to be the most visually uninspiring car both inside and out so ruled it out...
I loved the new Civic but I couldn't get an automatic diesel, and doing 2000 miles a month means economy matters, so as a last resort I decided to look at the C4, and having done so 3 yrs ago, I wasn't looking forward to it as I thought the interior was very poor before.
In short, excellent in all respects. The 1.6 110 HDi engine is responsive and punchy, the EGS 'automated manual' is far better than Honda's i-Shift (though admittedly not as good as the VW/Audi DSG) and the look and feel of the interior on the VTR+ version is excellent and comes with pretty much everything you could ask for as standard.
On top of all that, the economy is amazing, even the hard-driven demonstrator I originally tried was averaging 50+ mpg and I'm seeing nearly 70mpg on my daily 90 mile round trip commute.
In summary, sorry Mr Citroen, I should never have doubted you!
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