Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
There are much cheaper small electric vehicles than the Citroën e-C4, like the Fiat 500 and Mazda MX-30, but it’ nevertheless competitively priced against cars (that are either bigger or have longer ranges) like the Kia e-Niro and Volkswagen ID.3, but resale values aren’t as good as the latter.
If you’re a private buyer purchasing on a PCP finance deal the monthly payments should be pretty appealing in comparison with an e-Niro. As with all electric cars, company car users will be paying very little benefit-in-kind tax for the next few years.
As far as charging is concerned, the e-C4 can charge at up to 100kW, which, if you can find a charger at a service station, will get you from 10-80% charged in around 30mins – quicker than an e-Niro 39kWh. A 7kW home wall box will charge it from empty to full around 7hrs.
Equipment, options and extras
We’d be tempted to stick with the entry-level Sense Plus. Not only does it bring the sat-nav system, digital instruments, head-up display, rear parking sensors and rear-view camera that we’ve already discussed, but also dual-zone climate control, cruise control, front and rear electric windows, automatic headlights and wipers, and LED interior lighting.
Shine trim isn’t a whole lot more and also well worth a look if you fancy the additions of privacy glass, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry, automatically dipping headlights and adaptive cruise control, which keeps you a set distance from the car in front.
Meanwhile, top-spec Shine Plus adds leather upholstery, plus heated and electrically adjustable front seats with massaging functions.
Although the e-C4 didn’t feature in our 2020 Reliability Survey, Citroën as a brand was right in the middle of the pack, coming 16th out of 31. That put it below Honda, Hyundai, Kia and Mazda, but above Ford, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault and Volkswagen.
Similarly, the three-year warranty that you get is pretty average, and no match for Hyundai’s or Renault’s five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty or Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile package.
Safety and security
The list of safety equipment that’s standard across the range includes automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assist and speed limit information. Mid-spec Shine models add to this with blind-spot monitoring and a more advanced AEB system that can detect cyclists – helpfully, the latter system can also be added to Sense Plus models via the optional Safety Pack Plus. We’re still waiting for the e-C4 to gain a crash test rating from Euro NCAP.
Both an alarm and immobiliser come as standard on all versions.
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