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I own the grand Picasso model. I have owned it now for 3 years. I have 3 toddlers with 3 car seats in the back. I have to say that I am really happy with this purchase. The space inside is quite generous and getting the kids in and out is a breeze. The car has had 3 mots and has passed first time so far in all three. I love the electronic display and driving my automatic model is worry free. The bad points are there is a time lag when you put your foot down in cases when you need quick acceleration and the car in general is a bit prosaic to drive. It is not as exciting as a saloon or estate car would be to drive but these cars would not give me the comfort and flexibility of 3 car seats in the back. I could have 2 extra seats in the third row but you lose a lot of boot space
This car sits squarely in the middle of ordinary. Its not outstanding, but neither is it bad. Here's the sweet and low down, my pretties.
This isn't particularly high on my wish list, but I have to say its a nice looking car. Our kitchen looks out onto our driveway so I spend a lot of time looking at it whilst I'm washing up. We had a Citroen C3 for a while, and it made me vomit into the washing up once. That had to go. But this, it looks good. There's no way you're going to get mistaken for James Bond, but you aren't going to look like Benny Hill either.
On the whole its a pleasant if uninspiring driving experience. The seats are quite comfortable with both vertical and horizontal adjustments. The steering wheel is also adjustable allowing endless hours of fun moving it to a position that your wife hates. We have the 1.6 which is relatively sluggish but gives good fuel economy (averaging around 40 miles to the gallon). Once the car is up to speed it feels easy to drive, corners relatively well. Since our car is five years old it feels a bit... "baggy" in comparison to other cars I've driven, but its not like driving a jelly either. The interior is relatively quiet, with an acceptable intrusion of tyre noise and engine note. On long journeys its perfectly fine - particularly as our model has cruise control - although this isn't without issues. It also feels quite solid for a Citroen which have, in the past, felt like they were made out of spit and string.
You do get a lot of stuff for your money. Radio/CD player although unfortunately no input for the ipod which is a slight pain. The main display (speed, fuel, temp etc) is located in the centre of the dashboard, set back towards the windscreen on the sort of display you see in Star Trek. This elicits love or hate from people who see it. I like it, as you don't have to look down at the display and overall it both feels safer and looks cooler. The rest of the dashboard is bathed in the typical orange Citroen insist on using. Annoyingly this makes the already cheap looking controls look that little cheaper. However, the multi-function display has every thing you need and is quite configurable with fuel economy, predicted range and the such. It also has a night mode. Sadly this isn't quite like "Whisper Mode" in the film Blue Thunder (as I imagined it would be) but instead turns off most of the interior displays leaving you with just the speed. I find I can concentrate on the road well enough without needing this, but its nice to have the extra option. We also have cruise control and a speed limiter which prevents the car from exceeding a set speed. This is very handy as I regularly drive on the M25 which has, throughout its entire history, always been sprinkled liberally with roadworks. So when you get to those 50 mph zones, you can set the limiter safe in the knowledge you're not about to get stung for points and cash. If you need to go past the set limit, you simply floor the throttle and it will gently accelerate past the limit. This all seems a bit counter intuitive, but it works well in practice. We also have automatic lights (which mean we always forget to switch the lights on in the other car) and automatic windscreen wipers. Unfortunately the wipers are a little excitable, and tend to go bonkers the second a drop of water hits the screen - so we don't use those. Radio controls are on the steering wheel, which is great until you try to turn a corner and turn the radio up at the same time, then its like hacking into the Pentagon - quite tricky and inherently risky.
The only issue I've ever had with the car in five years is sometimes, very occasionally, the cruise control says "non" and won't go on. If you switch it off and back on again it then works. This has happened three times in five years. Oh, and the driver's door expands slightly in warm weather and goes "donk" when you open it. But its quite a cheery noise, so I don't mind it. It does make the odd squeak and rattle, particularly the clutch pedal - but most cars have these quirks.
The Not So Good
It hasn't got any really. It would remove the skin from a rice pudding, but not without complaining somewhat. However that's largely because we have the 1.6 and its hauling a fair amount of weight.
I don't know why this bugs me so much, but it does. When you set the cruise control to the desired speed and then switch it on the car will go to full throttle for about half a second. This means if you're a little close to the car in front you'll probably drop the "f-bomb" and make the kids cry. Once you're prepared its no longer a problem, and its certainly not a serious issue, but it makes me go a bit crazy.
Its Very Ordinary
When you get out of this car you're as likely to say "I enjoyed that" as you are to be hit by an asteroid made of jam. Far more likely you will get out of it and think "I have no memory of that journey at all" and start to worry you're losing your mind. You're not going to buy this car for its "captivating performance" because it doesn't have any. It is just a car. But then you didn't think you were buying a Lancia Delta Integrale, did you?
Its A Citroen
Now I know that's obvious, but the point I'm making here is that no two Citroen's are the same. You can buy one that will run until the world stops spinning. However, the very next one off the production line will randomly run you over and then disintegrate within three hundred yards. I've owned a lot of Citroens, I've never had two that were even remotely the same. So, look very carefully if you buy second hand. You pays your money, you takes your chances.
Boot space is okay, but not exactly generous. The back seats are comfortable enough but only really wide enough for two child seats. Trim is, as you would expect, dull and uninspiring and prone removing itself on a whim. Particularly the seat adjuster which appears to have been made from cling film.
When I sit my grand children on my knee and they ask "What cars did you drive, Grandpa?" I will talk to them of Citroen AX GTs, and Vauxhall Chevettes. I'll talk of Mk I Nissan Micras and Citroen C1s. I'll mention a VW Golf and a Peugeot 205 that attempted to kill me on three separate occasions. I'll likely talk of all the other cars I will have owned in the future and then I'll pause and say; "There was another one, but I can't remember what it was."
That'll be this one.
I bought my C4 when it had done only 17,000 miles and three years later it has now clocked up 85,000. As I spend about 7 hours a day, Monday to Friday, in the car I know it well. If you are looking to buy one then I hope my review (not full of boring technical details) will be useful to you.
Overall I am very pleased with the car. It has been reliable through the difficult past two winters, it has been powerful enough to enjoy the acceleration, big enough to hold four adults comfortably and looks stylish enough in the driveway.
Whilst I am recommending the car I want to let you know the minor issues I have had.
There have been a few rattles, which can be very annoying, these have been far les than others cars I have owned however.
The clutch has needed changing but this was due to poor driving technique.
I had a fuel leak recently and the garage said this was common on Citreons.
There is less room in the boot that I would have expected.
I can change the headlight bulbs but it is a squeeze to get my hand in. I even had to do this whilst on holiday in France, no problem in finding a Citreon garage over there.
I believe this car will go on and double the present mileage and I intend to keep it for most of that time.
I have had a black, Citroën c4 car for over 2 years and it's such a great family car. It has 3 isofix points in the back of the car, which is quite unusual and good because my 2 children like to sit right next to each other in the car! There are lots of cubby holes within the car for all the things you need with you with a family, including 2 on the dashboard and 2 on the floor at the back seat.
The boot is massive, and there is lots of space for all your belongings! The window is really large and gives a great aspect when driving.
There are arm rests on the 2 front seats which makes for a comfortable journey and there is an air conditioned compartment within the car to keep drinks and snacks cool!
You feel high up when driving which makes you feel much safer when driving, especially with children.
The car I have is automatic and this generally causes no problems, however every now and again you will have to manually change up/down a gear if going up and down hills. The car give a very smooth drive (apart from at 68mph when it has a litle wobble until you get past this speed!!)
I think if you are looking for a large, family car, that is easy to drive and has lots of space then this is definitely a car worth spending money on. However, it probably isn't the best looking car and if speed is what you are after then this maybe isn't the car for you as it can be a little sluggish at times.
Having turned 22 and been fortunate enough to find myself in a position to purchase a brand new car I looked around for something slightly different.
I was delighted to find that Citroen where celebrating the success of their WRC driver Sebastian Loeb with a limited edition C4 based on the rally car. The model I opted for was a 1.6 Diesel engine with 110BHP.
The car looked sporty with its 17" white allows and thick spoiler and with only 5000 made was sure to stand out.
A brand new price of just over £13000, for what could be in the same class as a focus ST or civic type R, this was a bargain.
I couldn't have been more impressed with the car, surprisingly quick (0-60 in approx 10 seconds) handled like a dream and easily managed 40MPG. Around country lanes the car drove as though it was stuck to the road and equally along the motor way smooth easy driving. The gadgets inside are also very handy, air conditioning, climate control, cruise control all operated with a smart digital screen and side buttons topped with half leather trim on the seats and doors. There is plenty of room in the back and boot for this to be a smart sporty practice family car not just a sport hot hatch.
The car has its own way of grabbing people's attention everyone seems to notice you, and when you're driving it you feel special and without sounding to top gear almost feel connected to the car with the comfort and ease of driving
I honestly couldn't recommend this car more. 10/10, 5 Stars.
Having had the car for 2 years and still being young and thought another change was a good idea. I traded having never had a problem with anything on the car, only time I needed to having anything looked at was a break bulb gone.
Having since owned cars such as an Astra VXR the C4 is still top of the pile by a country mile!!!
Following this my parents purchased the 5 door model, 1.6 engine. This looks like an average car nothing to fancy about it and the same on the inside, none of the extras of the Loeb. Basic plastic trim and dials. The drive is equally as disappointing sluggish and heavy for a 1.6 engine it has very little in the way of power. The saving grace is the MPG, the C4 has a very economical engine getting plenty of value from the petrol pumps.
after turning 21 and benefitting from the massive insurance drop that comes with it i immegiately started shopping for a decent car and was completely settled on a Honda Civic Type S. after taking several out for a test drive i was smitten and found a perfect example at a garage nearby. However when i turned up to buy the car the 2006 Citroen C4 VTR Coupe parked next to the Civic completely stole the limelight. After sitting in the car and feasting on the dashboard display, bucket seats and huge interior space there was no question which i preferred and, going against my better judgement, i bought french.
the quality of the cars design and spec can't be questioned. Mine even came with a brilliantly striking CiTuning bodykit fitted (which i have yet to see on another car) and with cruise control, air con, alloy wheels and that immense interior display i was left feeling very smug at my fortune of finding such a gem of a car: a real head turner on the road and a brilliant car to drive.
i found the car very easy to live with from day to day. being young and with no need of rear seats i didn't buy the car with my passengers in mind. however the room in the back is very impressive, fitting 3 of my 6 foot friends in with room to spare (although getting in the back was a challenge as the lever to release the front seats is tough and feels like it could snap off every time it is used). i often got questioned about the rear view on the coupe model but again i found myself pleasantly impressed when i first tried a reverse parking manouvere. the view behind in surprisingly generous and the side mirrors are large enough to use on their own. the boot is also larger than i expected. i managed to fit 3 suitcases in last time i used the C4 on an airport run and that was without folding down the rear seats. The 1.6 petrol version i had was very thirsty, doing less than 30mpg round towns (my mates Astra VXR matched it on MPG over 35,000 miles) but the C4 was brilliant on motorways, averaging 50mpg on a recent trip to scotland and the road noise is minimal. the best thing about living with this car is the comfort that comes with owning a citroen. the suspension is a delight. firm in the corners but so smooth that speed bumps are non existant. combine this with the excellent sports seats and the car is more comfortable to be in than my dads BMW.
unfortunately i had 3 problems in the 2 years of ownership. within a week an electrical fault disabled the cruise control but the car was only a year old so the warranty with citroen came in handy. i found citroen very easy to deal with, fitted me in immediately and fixed the 'faulty wire' in no time at all. a month later the key stopped working on a supermarket car park, which activated the cars anti theft device and locked the engine so i had to use the spare key to get the car back to citroen. this was quite an inconvenience as only the main key works the remote central locking and the drivers door has no key hole. this meant me having to get in the passenger door and climbing. not very dignified for a "stylish french coupe." finally another electrical fault stopped the brakes working a month out of warranty. the problem was picked up by the cars onboard diagnosis feature (handy) and wouldn't let the car start. the problem in the end was the sensor under the footbrake had developed a fault and it cost me £250 to fix a problem that i wouldn't have encountered in the Honda.
having got the reliability issue out of the way i can honestly say that owning the car has been a pleasure. it has taken me across the country in comfort, given me fun experiences on country roads and has set a very high standard for my future car choices. i'd probably recommend the diesel if you do a lot of miles. if you want to be in an impressive, entertaining environment and get from A to B in style and comfort then i can think of no other car that matches the C4 on its originality.
My previous car, a Volvo S40, was frighteningly expensive to keep, so thanks to rising house prices (anyone remember?) I had withdrawn equity for home improvements and fortunately had some left over for a car. My key priority this time around was one that was less expensive to run.
After a fair amount of research I settled on 2005 (55) Citroen C4 VTR+ 1.6HDi, and after doing the rounds to see what could be done I settled on one being sold on eBay. I made an offer subject to seeing the car and then set off to Mansfield to get it.
It's a good looking car with alloy wheels and enticing lines. I bought it when it was 18 months old with 19,000 miles on the clock. Now it is 5 years old with 72,000 miles. So how has it done? Does it have style and substance?
In a driving position it is very comfortable - plenty of leg room, an adjustable steering wheel and adjustable lumbar support. The passenger seat is equally comfortable. The back seats are spacious enough to accommodate a travel cage for our dog, and he seems to appreciate the comfort when in it, but as with many cars the back seats lack leg room for adults and are best for children. All seats have a head restraint.
It's mostly a pleasure. The car has 5 gears which work smoothly, and engine and tyre noise is ok. It has excellent acceleration and is happy at all speeds I've achieved - a 70 mile speed is very comfortable and it has no trouble going faster. Of course your pocket will be happiest if kept to the economy high point of about 50 mph. The power steering is light and responsive.
The steering wheel gives me quite a lot of pleasure (sad I know), as the central part doesn't move which makes it easy to access controls, and the instrument panel is displayed on the consul - all of which is pleasingly different.
The car has cruise control and a speed limiter, which is handy if you find it difficult to keep to variable speed limits on the Motorways. There is a drink holder and a central sliding arm rest in which you can store CD's and the like, and it has 2 lighter points, which I find helpful as I can charge my SATNAV and mobile phone at the same time. Air conditioning comes as standard which is useful on the occasional summer, and there is a good remote control key which also enables you to turn the headlights on. Useful if you are returning to your car late at night.
The Citroen has an airbag for driver and passenger, and an ABS linked Electronic Stability Programme as standard, all of which helps if you lose control of the vehicle. This hasn't happened to me so I can't judge their effectiveness. I can report that the ABS really works. The wipers have an automatic rain setting, and they go operate from centre outward which gives you good front visibility. Windows and mirrors are electric and all round visibility is good. The headlights lights have a setting so that they come on automatically when it gets dark (or you are in a tunnel), or rains. All of which adds to a safe driving experience.
Generally it is good. I've had no major problems, however there are niggles. The fan system does not always work which affects the air conditioning and my ability to clear the windscreen when you get that sudden change in weather. Another disappointment is the glove box. I had to have a warranty repair as it got stuck shut, and it still occasionally gets caught - a very poor flimsy piece. Lots of the internal components in the car are on the flimsy side. The windscreen washer unit has also had to be replaced.
Costs overall have not been too bad. I get it serviced at a local garage rather than a Citroen dealer which saves considerably, and it has been much cheaper to run that the Volvo. A service usually costs around £150. Road tax has even decreased to £90 a year, thanks to the 125 CO2 rating. With my previous Volvo a regularly taken trip from Shropshire to Sussex took one full tank of petrol. The Citroen gets there and back with one 60 litre tank. It currently costs over £70 to fill the tank and fuel economy is a good 50-60 miles a gallon. I paid £8,600 for it when it was 18 months old, and there is currently a similar 54 registered car for sale on eBay for £4750 so on that basis I have lost about £1100 a year in depreciation. Ouch.
Other bits I like
- It's a hatchback - so the seats go down creating lots of extra room
- My 15 year old nephew thought it was a cool car. That's as close as I get to cool.
- It has somewhere to keep coins
Other bits I don't like
- The boot is a bit too small
- It's almost impossible to change front light bulbs - you need child sized hands
- It is difficult to get access to the battery - so helping anyone out with a charge is not on
Style over substance? Not quite. There is enough to impress but build quality could certainly be better. So, who might buy this car? Anyone who likes a car that is slightly different with a few added frills for its cost. Or someone that wants a car that is economical to run and has a low road tax. It would be ok for a family with 2 children, but if you also have a dog, and / or carry sports equipment and the like it will be a bit tight inside.
Thanks for reading
We had a 3 door version of Citroen's C4, called the Coupe, as a leased for 3 years. My wife liked it due to its cool and sporty looks, with a distinctive rear window and spoiler.
We got the 1.4 petrol engined version, in black, with the VT level of trim, which is the medium level. It came with cruise control, electric mirrors and windows, CD player and a funky looking display in the middle of the dashboard, that housed the speedometer etc. It has a unique steering wheel, where the middle stays still and the wheel bit that you steer with floats around the middle. This looks different, and takes a bit of getting used to. The annoying thing with this though is that the controls on the steering wheel stay in the same place, so as you steer the wheel the controls don't move with you. Not a major problem, but I found it annoying at times.
We hadn't had it long before the rear window, part of which is horizontal, started to leak quite badly. This was very poor for a brand new car, and had we bought it rather than leased it, I would have been very annoyed indeed. As it was a Citroen dealer fixed it quite quickly.
We found it very underpowered. Yes, the engine is only a 1.4, but it is a small car, and should have still performed better. As it was we found it generally frustratingly slow, and it wasn't even economical, which would have compensated a bit.
The two doors are very heavy, especially if you park facing up a hill, and getting in and out was often a struggle, even though we are in our 30s!!
I cannot recommend this car, with this engine. A more powerful engine would have made all the difference, but then there is still the poor build quality, heavy doors etc. It was reliable, and comfort was ok, but not good. Finallly it was noisy, even with a petrol engine!
I've had my 5 star EuroNCAP Oriental Blue C4 Berline 1.6HDi VTR+ for almost four years now, and it's been all but faultless. With a bit of care, 60mpg is possible, though 54-55mpg is the norm.
It's well equipped - self locking doors (as in a black taxi), cruise control/speed limiter, climate control, auto lighting, auto-wipers, one touch electric windows all round, comprehensive digital dash/displays, steering boss secondary control, a pull out in the boot to stop the shopping sliding about and best of all, superbly comfortable seats.
There were some minor things during the warranty period which were fixed during scheduled serving without quibble. I've fitted the iPod interface to the standard RD4 radio. The sound is great, the iPod is hidden away and kept charged, though the scrolling display could be better.
The front tyres lasted 25K miles; the rears 50K. I'm now at 70K miles and the fronts are getting near the end of their life. The Michelin Exaltos are excellent all round tyres, and contribute to the low fuel consumption. However the oddball sized 205×50 R17 Michelin Exaltos are horrendously expensive, even after finding on-line discounts.
The front discs and pads were replaced a bit early at 55K miles as I was off to Spain in the C4 for the summer. The C4 cruises beautifully at 130km/h (very easy to change the speedo from miles to km) and the climate control coped with dropping the outside temp of 41°C to a pleasant 18° in the car.
The car sailed through its MOT on its fourth birthday a few weeks ago, and I while in the cold light of day, this should be the time to sell it, it's so good, I can't bear to part with it!
This is my second C4 coupe and I highly recomend it. I drive over 25,000 miles a year so comfort and special gadgets are important to me. Unfortunately my company doesnt supply company cars but pay mileage so I need a car that is great value for money. Advice I received from the garage in Anglesey that peugeot and citroen are the same however you will get more for your money with citroen. The c4 has many great gadgets like cruise control, speed controller( very useful if you get points on your licence), rain resistant wipers, air conditioning, climate control, volume controls from the steering, comfortable seats ( a must if you suffer from a bad back) - these are a few to name. The fuel consumption is fantastic and the great thing the panel shows you how many miles you can do, how many miles have you got left do before you need to refuel. I defenately recoment this car if you are looking for a good workhorse that will not let you down. Update Ive just had to sell my citroen c4 and I am missing the digital climate control, automatic lights already, this is an amazing car and great value for money with the gadgets
I owned a Citroen C4 for a couple of years. Mine was a 56 plate, 1.6HDI VTR +. It had the comfort pack which included arm rests, child view mirror, climate control, and more. I have to say that it was the most practical car I have ever owned. It had more than enough storage space. With two dash top storage boxes and a normal glove box in the front. Mine also had a fridge in the centre. This was available on models that had tiptronic gear selection. Mine was the semi auto model, could be driven in manual/auto. In automatic the gear selection was sometimes jumpy and spurious. The car drove very well and even though it was only 1.6 it coped with all loads it was asked to carry. The rear seats where 3 full seats, so plenty of room for 3 people. All the rear seats where adjustable and could be slid backwards and forward. Mine had built in sun blinds also, which where very useful if you have kids. The boot was more than big enough for most tasks and obviously has the 2 extra seats if required. Once these seats where used though the boot was quite small, and only had room for a couple of shopping bags. Overall a car that drives well and relatively trouble free. Brilliant for family motoring. one thing i didn't like was the fact it has no spare tyre, only a pump and can of puncture foam. Ideal if you have a puncture and not a blow out. The suspension on mine was standard springs and not the air. The ride was ok on smooth surfaces but on rough, uneven roads it was quite hard and did bang a lot over holes. This car has a vast array of electrical goodies, from windows, gear selection, handbrake and much more. This could be a problem later in life as the car gets older. Mine had many recalls for minor upgrades, many of them for software upgrades, got to be expected on a car like this though. We had many miles of trouble free motoring though. Taking this car across France fully loaded was a pleasure, comfortable and more than capable. The MPG is slightly down on what they quote in the manuals. On trips around towns and local area I was getting high 30's which I was a little disappointed with. On long haul journeys, ie. motorways, it was better. If you stuck to 70mph you could get high 40's, but any more and it started dropping down. Some of the build quality was slightly poor. Interior dash board bits where loose, easily fixed though. The two most rear boot seats are ok for children or adults on a very short journey. Over all this was a good car. Don't buy it expecting BMW/Audi quality. It is a practical family car that more than meets the needs of a family of four.
Well i purchased my C4 Coupe Loeb Ltd Edition brand new in 2007 - it was an impulse buy having gone in to exchange my Focus C-max for a smaller more sensible and economic model! Ok so some things dont go according to plan!
Thomas and Davies, our local Citroen dealer had this model (last black one in the UK that year) in the middle of the showroom, and i think i was shoked into an early mid life crisis and fell in love with it immediatly! Until then i had always owned sensible cars - even as a 21 year old my ideal car was a Ford Galaxy!
I drove it away a coupld of weeks later with my new personal number plates and felt amazing! The car looked great in theblack and with the chunky spoiler, extra big 17 ince alloys, limited edition silver trim outside, vvery high spec chrome trim inside, special black and red sports seating - was a beast of a car to look at!
Ther spec inside was amazing really - it had pretty much everything but for a brand new price of only £13200! Dual zone digital air con, MP3 CD player, luxury seating, low profile tyres, leather trim everywhere - the list went on! It had a way of making yo feel very special when in it!
My wife who is not a car person in the slightest loved it almost as much as me - she often commetned on its comfort and safe feeling as a passenger, and even 22 months later when i let her drive it following some surgery, she said it was just as nice to drive too!
My experices of the drive was wonderful. I have owned 17 different cars in my 16 years of driving, and every one had something or lots of things i did not like, and even my favorite ones bored me after 6 months! This car i owned for 2 years and never once had issue with anything - i only changed it as we are expecting a baby and needed a bigger car with 5 doors again! In fact i almost shed tears when i took it in to exchange, it was like a member of the family!
The steering and handling was second to none with the slightly larger wheels. We live in the Welsh valleys with lots of long and winding roads, and this car stuck like glue and felt 110% safe all of the time, its was a thing of beauty to drive! The gears were smooth and in the perfect position, the wheels glided around corners, the seats felt great, the sound system was excellent - it really was the best car iver ever driven and i still miss it daily!
I would very very highly recommend people looking for a mid size car at least take the time to test drive one- they are lovely, and the high end models have a great spec for an extremely competative price! I have a friend who paid a good few thousand more for a Focus ST? and he said mine was better spec'ed!
Dont ignore thie lovely car!
I have owned my 7 seater Citroen C4 1.6 HDI for almost a year now and I have to say it is the best car I have ever owned. Why? Well I get an average of about 45 miles per galon, so its pretty easy on the fuel. It also has cruise control, which is brilliant for those long distance motorway journeys, and the built in digital dispay is pretty cool too. It gives you information such as how many miles per galon you are getting at any given time, or on average, and the temperature. The built in air conditioning system is brilliant for those long journeys in the summer. The size of the C4 is an added bonus if you have kids, or go camping etc. All of the rear 5 seats can be lowered for extra space. I got two eight birth tents in the rear of mine, aswell as eight peoples luggage. The large amount of leg room and arm rests also make this a very comfortale drive, for you and your passengers. I would suggest this car to anybody who is looking for something spacious, but not too bulky looking.
I have been driving my C4 1.6 HDi "Cool" for just over a year with no real problems and I have enjoyed owning it. I have to say the Citroen dealer was rubbish. The car was supplied with the wrong numberplate fitted which I had to go back and get replaced, and the remote key was broken on delivery which meant that I spent the 1st month running round to the passenger side to let myself in. I would have been in trouble if the car was a lemon but it has behaved perfectly.
The 1.4 diesel has plenty of grunt which like most diesels comes low in the rev range. It gets a bit breathless above about 5 thousand revs but by then you have easily overtaken anything you need to. It is fun and involving to drive. I'm no boy racer but I don't hang about either and the car consistently gives an indicated 52-3 mpg (I have never corroborated that by working it out I can't be bothered). I am convinced a Miss Daisy could get to 60 mpg.
The dash has the real wow factor with the big central speedo and the fixed boss wheel; new passengers always have a little look and poke round when they get in. I like the steering wheel controls but I did mistake the + on the cruise control with the + on the sterio early on, which gave me a bit of a "moment" on the M4 but that was my fault not the car's. The only real criticism is the lack of rear leg room. I am only 5'8" but passengers behind me complain of feeling cramped. There are plenty of little holes to stash your stuff in the front, from seat side bins to door bins and swish little trap door cubby holes in the dash - a good job because with the manual in the glove compartment there is no room for anything else.
The "Cool" bit denotes a special edition with dual zone aircon for each of the front occupants. I would not have paid extra for it but the Cool edition was being phased out and sold at a a bargain price; the tricksy aircon is great and prevents some of the usual arguments over the temperature in the car. It is pretty well equipped, the cruise control is standard on all models. The built in air freshener is a bit of a gimmick and the inserts will cost you a fortune from Citroen; you will end up with a little green pine tree like everyone else
Overall a good reliable mid size car which in my opinion looks much better than the opposition in the class (except maybe the Civic) and does everything I need it to do.
When looking for a car recently I wanted everything and thought I would have to compromise. To my surprise I didn't and I am now the proud owner of this car. Leaving facts and figures aside it's a great looking car, affordable, sporty and packs a turbo diesel punch!
It had to be less than £10,000
No more than 3 or 4 years old
No more than 20,000 miles on the clock
Low fuel consumption
Low tax bracket £150 a year max
Sporty looks and decent performance
Good resale value
Plenty of gadgets (I am a bloke after all)
Good ride and handling
Believe it or not the Citroen C4, specifically the coupe VTS 2.0HDi diesel delivered on all of the above. Citroën has never given buyers in this class a car as good as the C4. The old Xsara - and before that ZX - failed to hit the spot with bland looks and little innovation. But the C4 is different. It looks good and is packed with useful technology - such as a multifunction steering wheel, laminated side glass and a built-in air freshener - which can't be found on rival models. An attractive package that's good to drive, well equipped and ups the standard for Citroën interior quality.
Word of warning: My car comes with rear parking sensors and I would suggest these as a must. The raked sports styling means visibility is limited through the tiny rear window - the car is longer than it seems and parallel parking can be tricky!
This car perhaps does not offer the same polished drive or 'badge of honour' credibility as its rivals such as the Audi A3 or VW Golf but they can't compete with styling and quality on offer for this kind of price... Real value for money.
The striking Citroën C4, a car thats truly alive with technological innovations. There are two distinctive designs a 5-door family Hatchback and a sporty 3-door Coupé each giving you a blend of cutting-edge engineering, captivating performance and that certain Citroën style.