Half saloon, half break dancing robotBy Simon Donohue
March 06, 2009
What is it? It’s the car that’s half-saloon and half-break dancing robot; the new Citroën C4 saloon.
What’s new? The car. It now has a different front end in line with the C5. Those trademark Citroën chevrons have been given an overhaul too.
There are new lenses on the rear light clusters for the two-door coupé. The biggest change is the availability of two new low carbon dioxide, fuel efficient petrol engines co-developed with BMW. On the inside, there’s a slightly more upmarket feel.
What’s it like to drive? It’s an accomplished motor boasting a better standard of ride than you might expect. It feels very well put together. The interior is more hi-tech than most vehicles.
What are the options? If you bear in mind the fact that Citroën cars have been delivered with discounts for far longer than the economy has been in chaos, then a C4 is likely to be in the region of £8,767 for the entry level 1.4i 90 LX with five doors (list price £12,429).
Top of the range is the 140VTS coupé 2.0-litre HDi, which Top Gear magazine gives an aim-to-pay price of £13,919 (list price £18,497).
Would you buy one? The car I drove was one of the new offerings – a 1.6-litre petrol engine boasting 120bhp. It will do 42mpg, has a carbon dioxide figure of 159g/km and will be available with a handsome discount of anything up to £5,000 off the £15,170 asking price.
Value for money? Citroën cars have come a long way and the C4 is a prime example of its build quality. Technophiles won’t be disappointed either.
If you’re in the market for a compact saloon, then you could do far worse than a Citroën C4.