CITROEN E-c4 Electric Hatchback

100kW Shine Plus 50kWh 5dr Auto

CITROEN E-c4 Electric Hatchback - 100kW Shine Plus 50kWh 5dr Auto

Vehicle Information

List Price
£34,995.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
9.7 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
0 g/km
By Line

At last, Citroen can offer a credible but properly distinctive family hatch. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the third generation C4.

Ten Second Review

This third generation C4 is a far more creditable offering for Citroen in the family hatchback sector. And, the French brand hopes, can play its part in rejuvenating this segment by integrating SUV style and the option of full electric power into traditional family hatch design. Plus there's a clever suspension system to make this contender feel really Citroen-esque.

Background

"This car", says Citroen CEO Vincent Cobee, "is Citroen to the core", this third generation C4 model's task being to return the brand to credibility in the Focus and Golf-dominated family hatch sector. The last C4, launched in 2010, wasn't particularly Citroen and wasn't particular successful either, selling mainly on low price - and towards the end of its life not even on that. In 2017, Citroen tried to replace it with an evolved family hatch-orientated version of its C4 Cactus crossover, but that didn't work either. This third generation C4, launched in mid-2020, plugs plays the crossover card too in terms of some aspects of its visual appeal, but unlike with the outgoing C4 Cactus, in buying one, you won't feel you're being forced into an SUV rather against your will. Instead, this C4 plays to the things people tend to like about Citroen - innovative design, a distinctive feel and exemplary ride quality. Plus there's an all-electric e-C4 version too.

Driving Experience

Citroen hopes that the way this car drives is what will sell it to you - or more specifically, the way this car rides. Like the outgoing C4 Cactus, it features a clever Progressive Hydraulic suspension set-up. Here, the car's springs and shock absorbers work in concert with hydraulic compression and rebound stops, which are supposed to slow body movement over bumps and tarmac tears. You'll want to know about the engines. There's the brand's usual PureTech 1.2-litre 3 cylinder petrol unit, available in three states of tune with 100, 130 or 155hp options. All variants will be front driven, with more powerful models available with an 8-speed auto gearbox. Citroen also offers its usual 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel, available either with a 6-speed manual gearbox (in 110hp guise) or an 8-speed automatic (in 130hp form). New for the C4 range this time round is an all-electric version, the e-C4, which uses a 50kWh battery powering an electric motor and developing 135hp. It can make 62mph from rest in 9.7 seconds and go on to a top speed of 93mph, but the more important stat is this model's ability to cover a WLTP-rated range of 217 miles on a single charge. To boost this capability, the car can recover energy when decelerating or braking. And there are three drive modes - 'Eco', 'Normal' and 'Sport' - that can vary the level of engine power and the energy draw from the air conditioning to boost driving range.

Design and Build

What this MK3 C4 does beyond any doubt is to confirm that the delineating line between family hatch and compact SUV design is being ever more blurred. Which many folk in search of a compact hatch will think to be no bad thing. Citroen says the crossover cues aren't for crossover purposes. The higher-than-Focus-class-average 156mm ride height is there to offer a high vantage point and better all-round visibility. The matte black-finished wheel arches aren't for arduous tracks but to prevent supermarket car park dings. And there's plenty of signature Citroen design, with stylishly-shaped signature lights and chromed Chevrons that stretch across the car's width. Plus there's and an air intake grille featuring a pattern first seen on the brand's recent 19_19 concept car. Inside, the dash gets the kind of big 10-inch centre touchscreen that's in current vogue. And a fully digitalised instrument binnacle. Thankfully, unlike with the old C4 Cactus, the climate controls are separated out from the screen on the centre stack. Six interior colour schemes are on offer, all aimed at making you feel as 'if you're in your living room'. For the rear seat, the brand claims best-in-class knee room and offers a wide range of storage compartments. Plus there's a decently-sized 380-litre boot.

Market and Model

Expect pricing in the usual £21,000-£28,000 bracket common to Focus class family hatchbacks these days; that's for the combustion-engined models, the most powerful versions of which come with the option of Citroen's EAT8 auto gearbox. You'll be looking at £29,000-£31,500 for the all-electric E-C4 version (after deduction of the £3,000 government Plug-in Car Grant). For combustion variants, there are four trim levels - 'Sense', 'Sense Plus', 'Shine' and 'Shine Plus', with the top three of those available to E-C4 customers. All C4 variants get the brand's Advanced Comfort seats, which offer extra support and can be enhanced with optional heating and massaging systems. Various interior colour scheme packages allow you to personalise the cabin. And wheel sizes range from 16 to 18-inches, with the e-C4 featuring an exclusive 18-inch 'Crosslite' alloy wheel design. The freshly designed 10-inch digital dashboard and instrument binnacle comes as part of the standard package, as does wireless 'phone charging and 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring connectivity. A nice optional touch you might well want to consider is a full-HD camera built into the rear view mirror which can take photos or video stored on a 16GB memory card. Safety-wise, there's no fewer than 20 different driver assistance features, including Highway Driving Assist and a 'level 2' semi-autonomous drive system incorporating Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist.

Cost of Ownership

Citroen has a strong reputation for low running costs thanks to the way that the design of its cars keep weight down and because of the efficiency of its PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines. That continues here, the Puretech petrol models benefiting from engines designed to reduce frictional losses in operation. The PSA Group's BlueHDi diesel technology is based around a clever three-step after-treatment system designed to better eliminate the four nasty pollutants that diesel units usually put out - namely unburnt hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particulates. As a result, there are low WLTP-rated CO2 readings that will mean affordable BiK tax ratings. The PureTech petrol unit delivers 122g/km in its 100 and 130hp forms (or 131g/km as a 130hp auto). The BlueHDi 110 diesel manages 115g/km - or 120g/km in 130hp auto form. But this time round with a C4, you may not want to have a combustion engine. The full battery-powered e-C4 is fitted with an 11kW charger, which can charge from empty in around 7.5 hours using a 32amp home wallbox. It also has 100kW fast charger, which can achieve an 80% charge in around half an hour using a public fast charger. As usual with an electric car, you can control charging via your smartphone and take advantage of lower cost off-peak electricity tariffs. Whatever your choice of C4, you'll properly want to keep garage costs in check by opting for the affordable 3 year servicing plan that is available at point of purchase. Finally, there's the usual Citroen three year / 60,000 mile warranty.

Summary

All the ingredients for a strong showing are here as this third generation C4 nods to the two currently trending themes of crossover style and electrified power. Yet delivers them within a family hatchback package that traditional buyers in this segment can be comfortable with - quite literally, thanks to the Progressive Hydraulic Suspension set-up. The French maker thinks this sector is 'right for changes' and this car delivers them without getting carried away with innovation, as its C4 Cactus predecessor rather did. And it's obviously significant that within the range lies the brand's first credible full-electric model. Ultimately though, what really matters is that what we have here is a proper Citroen - with all that means. Thank goodness for that.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Dark tinted rear windows and side windows with chrome detail
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rain sensing automatic front windscreen wipers
BRAKES
  • ABS
  • Electric parking brake
  • ESP
  • Hill start assist
  • Post collision safety brake
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Fitted carpet mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Suspension with progressive hydraulic cushions - double hydraulic stops on front suspension and single on rear suspension
COMMUNICATION
  • Apple car play and Android auto
  • Voice commands
  • Wireless smartphone charging
DRIVER AIDS
  • Active blind spot detection
  • Citroen connect box emergency and assistance system
  • Citroen Smart Pad Support - integrated support for attaching a tablet computer for front passenger
  • Coffee Break Alert
  • Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
  • Front and rear parking sensors with flankguard
  • In-crash braking
  • Speed limiter
  • Visio Park 1 (rear parking camera)
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • 7.4 kW single-phase onboard charger
  • Mode 3 charging cable with Type 2 connectors - for accelerated charging from wall boxes and dedicated public charging points
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 10" high resolution touchscreen user interface, controlling media, connectivity and vehicle settings
  • 5.5 inch backlit full TFT driver's instrument cluster
  • Citroen connect nav with speed cam and danger zones alert
  • Driver's head-up display
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Electrically heated, folding and adjustable external rear view mirrors with courtesy lighting
  • Electrochrome interior rear-view mirror with automatic day-night switching
  • Obsidian black painted external rear view mirrors
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming
  • Citroen Hifi system with 1 speaker in dashboard centre, 4 woofers in doors, 2 tweeters in pillars and 1 subwoofer
  • DAB Digital radio
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Gloss black rear skirt
  • Matt black A-pillar and gloss black B-pillar
  • Solid paint
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Automatic headlights with high beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights in V signature
  • LED front fog lamps with static cornering function
  • LED front headlamps
  • Welcome and goodbye lighting
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Remote temperature pre-conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V power outlet, 1x USB Type-C socket & data connection, 1x USB Type-A socket at 1st row 1x USB Type-A socket , 1x USB Type-C socket in 2nd row
  • Dashboard tray in front cabin
  • Deluxe leather steering wheel with two command blocks
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Raised centre console with two cup holders
  • Rear central folding armrest with cupholders and ski hatch
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Boot light
  • Front and rear LED interior lighting
PACKS
  • High level acoustic insulation pack - C4
  • Hype black interior ambience with Siena leather and leather effect textile seats pack - C4 Shine plus
  • Safety plus pack with highway driver assist - C4
  • Textured grey colour pack - C4
SAFETY
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Manual child lock in second row
  • Manual deactivation of front passenger airbag
  • Row 1 and 2 curtain airbags
  • Row 1 side thorax airbags
  • Seatbelt unfastened on the move warning
  • Tyre underinflation detection
SEATS
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Electrically heated front seats
  • Front head restraints
  • Height adjustable driver seat with electrical adjust lumbar support/backrest/height controls lumbar adjust front passenger seat
  • Height adjustable front passenger seat
  • Map pockets in rear of front seats
  • Split folding rear seats
SECURITY
  • Anti-theft alarm (volumetric protection)
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Remote locking with deadlocks
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 18" diamond-cut Crosslight alloy wheels with anti-theft locking wheel nuts
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Puncture repair kit with compressor
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO: N
  • CO2: 0
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Bore: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • CC: 1
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Cylinders: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Fuel Type: N
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Stroke: N
  • Valve gear: N
  • EC: N
  • EC Combined: N
  • EC Extra Urban: N
  • EC Urban: N
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Badge Engine CC: 450
  • Badge Power: 7.4
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: 50kWh
  • Coin Series: Shine Plus
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 136
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • VAT qualifying vehicle - Seek advice from HMRC: 300
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: 0-100
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 9.7
  • BHP: 136
  • Engine Power KW: 100
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque MKG: 30.6
  • Engine Torque NM: 300
  • Engine Torque RPM: 3674
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 93
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: DIAMOND CUT CROSSLIGHT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: 1525
  • Length: 4355
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9
  • Wheelbase: 2670
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1800
  • Width (including mirrors): 2032
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 380
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2000
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1541
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 459
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Inc VAT
£269.24
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,423.20 inc VAT
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Ex VAT
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£2,019.33 Ex VAT
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36 mths
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£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
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TBC
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Personal lease
£269.24
Initial payment (Inc VAT)
£2,423.20
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£224.37
Initial payment (Ex VAT)
£2,019.33
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£269.24
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,423.20 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£224.37
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,019.33 Ex VAT
Contract Term
36 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
34,995.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£34,995.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
9.7 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
0 g/km
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£269.24
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,423.20 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£224.37
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,019.33 Ex VAT
Contract Term
36 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

CITROEN E-c4 Electric Hatchback

100kW Shine Plus 50kWh 5dr Auto

CITROEN E-C4 ELECTRIC HATCHBACK *Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£269.24
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,423.20 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£224.37
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,019.33 Ex VAT
Contract Term
36 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC