Test Drive: Citroen C4 1.6 HDi MT image

The second generation of the C-Segment hatchback produced by Citroen, the C4, has been introduced back in 2010. The model is offered in three body styles, 5-door hatchback, 5-door crossover (Aircross) and 4-door sedan, and it is currently produced in France, Russia and China.

Engine and transmission

Citroen is offering a variety of engines for the C4 but the tested car came with a popular diesel, the 1.6 HDi 115. The engine is capable of producing a total output of 115 HP (84 kW) at 3,600 rpm and it has a peak torque of 270 Nm (199 lb-ft), available at 1,750 rpm. The C4 equipped with this engine should be the one to go for if fuel consumption is one of your concerns because it doesn’t feel underpowered at all and thanks to its robust made 6-speed transmission it will provide you with some “interesting” figures.

Fuel consumption

The French based automaker Citroen is providing us with figures such as the 5.8L / 100km in the city, 3.9L / 100km on the highway and 4.6L / 100km in an average cycle, with CO2 emissions standing in at 119 g/km. In the real world, these figures will transform into 7.8L / 100km in the city and 5.4L / 100km on the highway, at 120 km/h, with four people in the cabin and luggage in the boot. At 100 km/h, with the AC on, the trip computer indicated 4.7L / 100km, which is quite far from the official figures.

The Ride

The Citroen C4 feels just like every other C-segment hatchback out there, it has an acceptable suspension system, good brakes and good steering which are transformed into a pleasant driving feel. Don’t mistake it to a hot hatch because you will be highly disappointed but don’t underestimate it either, because it does what it’s made to do and it may surprise you at some points.

Interior Design

The engineers have done a pretty good job with the interior where everything is found just where you might expect it to be. Every button is within easy reach for the driver, the seats are comfortable, you have a small storage space in the middle of the dashboard which seemed just perfectly for a pack of cigarettes and a lighter, the glove box is cooled, and you get a lot of gizmos for your money, including the height adjustable seats, the trip computer, variable steering, cornering function for the fog lights, leather wrapped steering wheel with height and reach adjustment, storage spaces under the rear seats, 16-inch spare tire and several other tweaks, which are offered as standard. For 450 euros you can order the CD / MP3 / USB / Bluetooth radio and for another 300 EUR, Citroen is offering the Pack Auto with the two-zone climate control, the Follow Me Home, cruise control and so on.

Likes / Dislikes

The Citroen C4 is a pretty interesting vehicle but its overall feel doesn’t seem to be as good as the one of its main competitors and because of this, I would opt for another vehicle. If the price is what is worrying you, than the C4 is probably the hatchback for you, but if build quality is a big concern, perhaps you should check out the competition.

Some of the annoying parts of the Citroen C4 include the lack of visibility in the rear because of the large C-Pillars, the lack of the rear parking sensors, the missing rearview camera, the handbrake lever which is hitting the center armrest if this is slided forward, the carbon imitating material feels quite cheap rather than sporty and the fuel consumption is very different in real life than the official figures provided.

Entry-level – 19,892 EUR
Tested car – 20,642 EUR
Tested Vehicle
Citroen C4 1.6 HDi
Engine: 1.6 liter diesel (1,560 cc)
Power: 115 HP (84 kW) at 3,600 rpm
Torque: 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) at 1,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Dimensions: length 4,329 mm, width 1,789 mm, height 1,491 mm
Weight: 1,275 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 60L
Trunk Capacity: 380L / 408L / 1,183L
0-100km/h: 11.3 s
Top Speed: 190 km/h

4.1 / 5

Photos by Gabi Gogiu