Citroën e-C4 long-term test: report 4

Citroën has reinvented its family hatchback, turning it into a coupé SUV and introducing an electric version for the first time. We're finding out what it's like to live with...

Citroen e-C4 long term

The car Citroën e-C4 50kWh Shine Plus Run by Allan Muir, managing editor

Why we’re running it To find out whether Citroën has finally got the recipe right with its new family hatchback cum coupé SUV, and to see how well the battery-powered version stacks up against its small electric car rivals 

Needs to Deliver on Citroën's promise of exceptional comfort while being easy to live with and having a long enough range to be viable as an only car

Mileage 2895 List price £34,995 (not including £2500 gov’t grant) Target Price £33,799 Price as tested £35,540 Test range 160 miles 

27 July 2021 – A walk in the park 

Every chance I get, I’ve been jumping into my e-C4 and heading off to the Surrey Hills to go walking – a round trip of about 50 miles. I particularly enjoy these relatively short out-of-town runs, because I don't have to worry about range – assuming I’ve started with a recently replenished battery. And with the e-C4 being electric and therefore not producing any harmful emissions en route, my eco conscience is clear.

Citroen e-C4 long term

Against all expectations, I’ve found myself switching to Sport driving mode on some of the country roads I cover along the way, because it makes the e-C4 feel really brisk and lively. When my car first arrived, I seem to remember describing its performance as “perfectly adequate”, but that was doing it a disservice; it’s more than strong enough for an ‘opposite of sporty’ car like this. It’s probably just my imagination, but my car feels like it’s getting quicker, too.

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