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 110 and BlueHDI 130 diesels will both do over 60mpg on the WLTP test cycle, so you’ll spend even less time at the pumps. You’d need to do a lot of miles to break even once its higher purchase price is taken into account, though, and its official CO2 emissions (which affect your company car tax rate) aren’t that much lower than those of the C4's petrol engines.
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. Shine Plus gets you all that, plus leather upholstery, a superior sound system, wireless phone-charging and heated front seats.
The C4 didn’t feature in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Citroën as a brand was right in the upper half of the pack, coming 11th out of 30. That's below Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, and Toyota, but above Ford, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Vauxhall and Volkswagen.
The three-year warranty Citroën gives you is pretty average, and no match for Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty or Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile package.