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The Citroen C4 gives a lot of bang for your buck.

The Citroen C4 gives a lot of bang for your buck.

The Citroen C4.

The Citroen C4.

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The Citroen C4 gives a lot of bang for your buck.

Citroen – C4

When I got to the Irish launch of the new Citroen C4 last August I was supposed to be wowed by their full-electric version (starting from €31,730) but I came away thinkkng more about the entry-level combustion car than the eco-friendly version.

The ‘Feel’ line is the company’s most modest trim level and while other car manufacturers aim to sell more mid-upper level trims I have a feeling that the new petrol C4 will sell far more lower level cars than the others.

It is priced brilliantly at €24,740 (yes, you read that correctly) and it looks like this! Add €2k for the diesel version and a few more horse power. Either way though you are now in small vit car price range territory yet you are not driving one.

They call it a C-segment hatchback but it looks and feels much bigger than that. It is a class leader in heights, road clearance, seat position and the interior leg room which all add up to you thinking you are in a crossover SUV rather than a hatchback.

For starters I do think this is a good-looking car especially in this Obsidian Black Metallic finish. It is a million miles away from its predecessor (which is anything) and has more than a hint of X4 vibes off it. And like the Renault Arkana, which I enjoyed earlier this year, it is entitled to take style influence from the much bigger, more expensive premium badges. No one has a monopoly on this design and if Citroen can create a car that resembles the bigger German versions (Mercedes have the GLE Coupe too don’t forget) then it can only mean good things for us the car-buying public.

The lights and the grille at the front convince you that Citroen have matured a huge amount in recent years (just like their French cousins in Renault) and the side profile is as equally as impressive. Nice lines and a heightened rear end sitting higher off the ground than it probably should all combine to make this very good looking car.

Inside is neat and conveniently arranged with your attention immediately drawn to the large infotainment screen in the centre of the dash.

The digital instrument cluster is less obvious and could almost be described as ‘too small’ but I do have to state that it is complemented by a decent heads-up display so the size of the actual screen wasn’t overly important.

Citroen hasn’t gone to town on the materials used inside in order to keep costs down. That’s not to say it is all terribly cheap looking. It’s not. It’s just not at a level that you might see in some of its pricier competitors.

They have taken complete ownership of the chevron symbol now as it is everywhere throughout the ‘Urban Grey’ textile effect.

Space wise it is good too. The back row could fit three kids at a push but with car seats I don’t think you’ll get beyond two. The boot is a decent 380 litres which means it is on a par with a Focus or a Golf but 40+ litres smaller than the Kia XCeed.

Thankfully, Citroen has created comfortable seats for everyone; especially those in the front who get to enjoy comfy and plump seats on a raised perch.

It is a smooth to drive too thanks to the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions (PHC) in the suspension which loves nothing more than soaking up the excessive speed ramps and potholes on Irish roads.

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Safety wise it is pretty loaded too with hill start assist, front, side and extended curtain airbags (front and back rows), Citroën ConnectedCAM - built in dashcam, connected alarm system with inside sensor and keyless entry (and start).

If you opt for the ‘Safety Pack Plus’ you will get active safety brake (video and radar assisted including night-time and cyclist detection), speed limit info and extended traffic sign recognition, lane departure detection, active blind spot detection and adaptive cruise control.

In summary, this is a really impressive car that offers more than you think and moves Citroen into a new level.

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