Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
While there are a lot of coupé SUVs these days, the vast majority wear premium badges that bring premium price tags. The Citroën C4, however, makes the same blend of swoopy looks and elevated seating much more affordable.
It's a pretty efficient choice, too; the Puretech 130 petrol averages more than 50mpg on the official WLTP test cycle and emits as little as 120g/km of CO2. The BlueHDI 130 diesel, meanwhile, will do over 60mpg on the WLTP test cycle, so you’ll spend even less time at the pumps. However, you’d need to do a lot of miles to break even once its higher purchase price is taken into account, while its official CO2 emissions (which are particularly relevant to company car users) aren’t that much lower than those of the petrol engines, either.
Servicing costs should be in line with what you'd pay when running a conventional family hatchback, and the C4 is even expected to hold onto a bigger proportion of its value over three years than an equivalent BMW X2.
Equipment, options and extras
Entry-level Sense cars come with dual-zone climate control, front and rear electric windows, and cruise control.
We’d still be tempted to upgrade to Sense Plus, though; not only does it bring the sat-nav system, head-up display and reversing camera we’ve already discussed, but also an extra charging port, LED interior lighting and improved security (see below).
To this, Shine Citroën C4 models add tinted rear windows, keyless entry, automatically dipping headlights and adaptive cruise control to keep you a set distance from the car in front. Meanwhile, Shine Plus gets you all of this, plus leather upholstery, a superior sound system, wireless phone charging and heated front seats.
Although the C4 didn’t feature in the What Car? Reliability Survey, Citroën as a brand was right in the middle of the pack, coming 16th out of 31; it was below Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Skoda and Toyota, but above Ford, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Vauxhall and Volkswagen.
Similarly, the three-year warranty that you get is pretty average, but no match for Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty or Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile package.
Safety and security
The list of safety equipment that’s standard across the Citroën C4 range includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane keeping assist and speed limit information, while Shine models upgrade the AEB system to one that can detect cyclists.
In terms of security, an alarm is missing from the entry-level model, but standard on second-rung Sense Plus cars and above.
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