What's the used Citroën C4 hatchback like?
The Citroën C4 is a prime example of a car that's changed radically to keep up with trends – it started as a family hatchback but is now a coupe SUV.
So, did shedding the skins of the first generation (2005-10) and second generation (2010-18) models make the C4 a better car – and is it a good used buy? Well, first we should touch upon another factor in the shift.
Sense trim was the entry-level option from new, and gets dual-zone climate control, cruise control and rear parking sensors, for example. Right now, though, the most affordable used examples are in Shine trim. So, while there is also a Sense Plus, getting you sat-nav, a rear-view camera and LED interior lighting, we're going to focus on Shine here.
Shine gets you privacy glass, keyless entry, automatically dipping headlights and adaptive cruise control. You also get a more sophisticated automatic emergency braking (AEB) system that can detect cyclists. Shine Plus is also an option. It’s the top trim, in fact. It gets leather upholstery, heated front seats, a premium sound system and wireless phone-charging.
On the road, the C4 is far from a sporty car. Its controls are pleasant to use, but the soft suspension means it leans over dramatically if you try to turn into a bend at speed.
The upside of that softness is comfort. The C4 glides over minor imperfections in the road surface and cushion you from most ruts and potholes. It’s only when you come across something with a really sharp edge that you feel a sudden thwack.
Inside, you’ve got a slightly lower driving position than most SUVs. The driver's seat is cosseting on motorways (adjustable lumbar support is standard across the range), if a little lacking in side support.
All C4s have a 10.0in touchscreen mounted high up in the middle of the dashboard. You get a long list of infotainment features, including a DAB radio, Bluetooth and voice control, while the presence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto means you can mirror your phone’s apps on the car’s screen.
In terms of interior quality, the C4 mixes good build quality with a pleasing palette of materials. It’s not quite as posh as premium rivals, such as the Audi Q3 and BMW X2. Front passenger space is adequate, but rear legroom is limited – as is headroom, due to the sloping roofline. Boot space is fairly average for a family car.