New 2021 Citroen C4 and e-C4 20 | 08 | 2020

    CITROEN HAS LAUNCHED its all-new C4 range, and the newcomer ditches the traditional hatchback roots for a more SUV-inspired look. And not only will the new C4 be available as a conventional petrol or diesel model, but there will also be a pure-electric version, badged e-C4, with a claimed range of 217-miles. (Related: Citroen C4 gets SUV-look and EV)

    Sales are due to start in the Autumn, possibly November, with first deliveries early in 2021. Though Citroen has yet to confirm UK prices, the C4 — which will be available in four trim levels — is likely to start from around £21,500. The e-C4 should duck below the £30,000 barrier after the Government’s plug-in car grant.

    As the SUV market has boomed, so the hatchback sector has suffered, so it was something of a no-brainer for Citroen to take a different view on the styling of this third-generation C4. (Related: facelifted Citroen C3 gets new look)


    And there’s no questioning the styling is … different. It’ll certainly generate discussion; and the looks certainly stand apart from more conventional C-sector hatchbacks. The new C4 boasts a fastback design which will have people reflecting on Citroen classics such as the GS and CX. But without a doubt, the looks have a modern, current take on design.

    Borrowing styling cues from the larger C5 Aircross SUV and the 19_19 concept — the latter’s influence is seen specifically in the head and tail-light design of the new C4 — the new Citroen certainly catches the eye. And whichever powertrain you choose, the crossover’s styling will be identical. (Related: Roadtest — Citroen C3 Aircross)


    Measuring 4360mm long, 1800mm wide, 1525mm high, it’s noticeably larger than the latest MkVIII VW Golf. And while the C4 will be available with wheels ranging from 16in to 18in, the boot capacity will be 380 litres on all models. Citroen also claims there are a 16 storage binnacles and compartments spread around the cabin, which combine to give an additional 39-litres of storage.

    Inside, the cabin is essentially a redesign of that seen in the current C4 Cactus. Significantly, there’s a new 10-inch infotainment system and digital instrument binnacle, while the centre of the cabin is dominated by a new centre console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both included, as is wireless smartphone charging.


    Drivetrains and engines

    At launch, the C4 and e-C4 will be available with the choice of  three petrol, one diesel and one electric powertrains. Citroen has yet to confirm exactly what options will be available to UK buyers.

    Petrol buyers will be able to choose from Citroen’s PureTech 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine, which will be available in three states of tune: 99, 128 or 153bhp. The more powerful versions will be offered with an eight-speed automatic.

    Those preferring diesel have two choices, both 1.5-litre, four-cylinders, the BlueHDi 110 and auto-only BlueHDi 130. All models — petrol and diesel — will be front-wheel drive


    The e-C4 features a 134bhp, 192lb/ft electric engine, which draws power from a 50kWh battery. Citroen claims it will have a range of 217 miles, cover 0-62mph in 9.7secs, and carry on to a top speed of 93mph.

    Three drive modes — Eco, Normal and Sport — are available, each capable of altering the amount of engine power and the energy draw for the air conditioning to boost range. The e-C4 also recovers energy when decelerating and braking.

    As for charging, the e-C4 is fitted with an 11kW charger, meaning a complete charge can be achieved in around five hours on a 32-amp home wallbox. There’s also a 100kW fast charger, which can achieve an 80% charge in 30 minutes on a public fast charger.


    Utilising a smartphone, owners can schedule their e-C4’s charging to take advantage of off-peak electricity charge times.

    All C4s will be fitted with Citroen’s new progressive hydraulic suspension set-up. Designed specifically to gradually slow body movement over bumps and potholes, the system includes springs and shock absorbers which work with hydraulic compression and rebound stops.

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    Jim McGill


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