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Citroën e-C4 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Performance & drive

Citroën e-C4 2021
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  • Citroën e-C4 2021 infotainment
  • Citroën e-C4 2021 right panning
  • Citroën e-C4 2021 front left static
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  • Citroën e-C4 2021 dashboard detail
  • Citroën e-C4 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The Citroën e-C4 comes with a 134bhp motor and a 50kWh battery – although, strictly speaking, the usable amount of charge the battery will hold is 45kWh. That's quite a bit smaller than the Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance’s 58kWh battery, and is one of the reasons the e-C4’s range isn’t particularly impressive.

Officially, it’ll do 217 miles. When we tested it, the real-world range was more like 139 miles, which is about the same as the Kia e-Niro 39kWh (test range 140 miles) and well behind the ID.3 (test range 197 miles). All three cars were tested in the same conditions at the same time, on a private test track, although not to the more exacting scientific standards of our Real Range tests ­– we’ll be putting the e-C4 through that assessment as soon as possible.

Suspension and ride comfort

If you something that's cosseting, the e-C4 is a car worth looking at. Citroën has set it up to be quite soft, making for a relatively settled ride over minor imperfections on motorways, while also cushioning you well over bigger ruts and speed bumps around town. It's similar in that respect to the e-2008, and is certainly less jarring than the firmer ID.3.

It’s not perfect, though. If you hit something with a sharp edge, like a particularly nasty pothole, it twangs loudly. Because it’s softer, there’s a lot more vertical body bounce along a country road strewn with lumps and bumps than there is in the ID.3. Mind you, it’s not as bad in that environment as the rather under-damped DS 3 Crossback E-Tense.

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