Our overall rating:
The Citroen C4 is a conventional five-door hatchback, and a rival for the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. However, despite being a similar size, you can get a C4 for quite a bit less than either of the aforementioned rivals.
A range of efficient petrol and diesel engines is available, all of which offer low CO2 ratings and good fuel economy. A number of models even offer CO2 emissions of under 100g/km; good news for both private buyers and company car users.
The mid-range engines and above offer a reasonable turn of pace, even if, unlike its rivals, Citroen doesn’t offer a hot, or even warm, hatch variant; the swiftest variant is a 148bhp diesel.
The C4’s trump card is it’s cheap to buy and cheap to run, but unfortunately it fails to impress in a number of other key areas. Rear seat passengers will find that there’s not a great deal of leg room, and the dashboard and interior are quite drab.
Keen drivers also won’t be impressed by the C4’s handling. It’s very softly sprung, which means plenty of body roll even when you’re not cornering particularly hard. It may feel comfortable at first, but harder-edged obstacles can cause the ride to become unsettled. It can also feel quite wallowy at times.
Although the C4 is keenly priced, even before you factor in the discounts that Citroen always seems to offer, it feels too far off the class best to really recommend.