The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
You sit lower in the Citroën C4 than you do in most SUVs, but higher than in the BMW X2 or conventional hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Meanwhile, the seat itself is cosseting on motorways (adjustable lumbar support is standard across the range), if a little lacking in side support for cornering.
Some of our testers also found that it took quite a bit of fiddling with the seat height and steering wheel before they felt totally at ease, which is worth bearing in mind if you and your partner have different driving positions and will both be driving the car regularly.
More positively, the C4 has physical knobs and buttons for controlling its air conditioning, and this makes it much easier to adjust the temperature on the move than if Citroën had placed them on a touchscreen menu, as it does in some of its other models. Unless you go for the cheapest trim, you get a head-up display that projects your speed into your line of sight.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The C4’s thick windscreen pillars can cause problems at junctions. And as in most cars with swooping, coupé-like rooflines, the view out of the rear window gives you a good idea of what it must be like to be trapped inside a post box.
Entry-level Sense models get rear parking sensors to help mitigate this. However, we’d climb up to the second rung on the ladder – Sense Plus – because this adds a rear-view camera. All trims get automatic LED lights and wipers, with Shine adding automatic main beam control.
Sat nav and infotainment
All Citroën C4s have a 10.0in touchscreen mounted high up in the middle of the dashboard. And although this isn’t as user-friendly as the rotary controllers fitted to the X2 and Mazda CX-30, it has a more intuitive operating system than the Toyota C-HR’s touchscreen.
You also get a long list of infotainment features with the C4, including a DAB radio, Bluetooth and voice control, while the presence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto means you can access your phone’s apps via the car’s screen.
Sat-nav with live traffic alerts joins the roster if you step up to Sense Plus trim, while wireless smartphone charging is standard on range-topping Shine Plus cars.
This is one of Citroën’s best interiors yet, mixing good build quality with a pleasing palette of materials. What’s more, the design looks more grown-up than the smaller C3 Aircross’s, yet remains interesting.
Okay, the C4 doesn’t feel as posh inside as an Audi Q3 Sportback or an X2, but then you probably wouldn’t expect that. More importantly, the only mainstream rival that’s significantly classier is the CX-30.
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