The Citroen C4’s origins can be traced to the ZX model from 1991. The ZX’s exceptional performance allowed the ZX to become a popular choice, but it soon faded in the dark with the poor and dull Xsara model. This mistake was made up for in the C4 come 2006 and then upgraded it four years later to make this model even more competitive in the market. The C4’s engine range includes three petrol and three diesel units, all of which are distributed and offered in three varying trim levels. The common factor among all these variation is the 1.6-litre diesels at either 89 or 109 bhp.
Some of the new features in the latest C4 is a double-chevron grille that splits the large front headlamps, which sport high quality bi-xenon lights. Corner lights are a standard as it is with other models, and deliver the right type of light dissipation. The C4’s complete illumination continues in the large rear lights that are unique to the model itself, enabling the vehicle with a look similar to the C5 model.
The interior has also been upgraded to keep up with contemporary times. The smart centre console pays particular attention to details, and touched made to the sweeping dashboard are light years away from the previous model. Headroom is enough for most passengers on all seats. The boot is particularly generous, and gets larger when the seats are folded down.
The engine range is diverse, from the entry-level 94bhp 1.4-litre unit that revvs sweetly on not very brisk speeds, to the 1.6-litre unit at 118bhp offering adequate refinement. The most excellent in the range is the 1.6THP that has a low speed urgency and its peak torque going from 1400 to 4000 rpm. Even with this much power, the THP manages to be quiet and guarantees a soft ride on the vehicle.
Another strong performer would be the 110bhp 1.6-litre diesels that provide a strong in-gear pull. Apart from its able body, the diesel unit is quite clever with its micro-hybrid e-HDI powertrain’s clever stop-start system. And although the six-speed automated manual gearbox on some engines is slow, the line progress manages to be smooth on the road. Acceleration is fast and impressive in the 2.0-litre diesel at 148bhp, which can arrive at 60mph in just 8.5 seconds. Plus it can arrive at 62mph after just 8.6 seconds and is supported by smooth and quick gearchange. The C4’s Micheline tyres don’t hurt either.
Although the C4 is able to drive through town and absorb bumps, lumps, and other minor road discomforts, the vehicle begins to have difficulty when it has to go up and down a country road or a more challenging motorway undulation. The ride can be particularly challenging when a full number of passengers are on board. Handling is a difficult issue as well, as steering tends to be overly light and the wheels having far too mich grip. Response is also far too numbed at the helm. Body roll is also quite noticeable so don’t expect much pleasure from your ride.
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