With attractive, sculpted lines; impressive build quality; and an array of original upmarket features and functions, the new Citroën C4 is a perfect balance of confidence-inspiring styling and useful, convenient technologies.
Specifically designed to meet the needs of mid-size 5-door hatchback retail customers and business users, new C4 is robust and versatile; driver-focused, yet impressively comfortable; and is charged with a real ‘Positive Power’ – thanks to efficient Citroën engineering and an environmentally considerate range of powertrains.
Like the new Citroën C5 in 2008, and the new Citroën C3 in 2009, new C4 is further evidence of Citroën’s know-how and creativity in designing efficient, stylish, innovative and safe vehicles with ‘real world’ practicality.
New C4’s distinctive profile and balanced proportions give a clear impression of strength and stability. Defined and flowing surfaces, such as the purposeful front end and rear spoiler, hint at the model’s optimised aerodynamics. Chrome detailing combines with dynamic headlight styling and sculpted alloy wheels for a sophisticated and impressive road presence.
Fractionally larger than its forerunner, new C4’s compact external dimensions – 4.33m (l), 1.79m (w), 1.49m (h) – conceal generous internal volumes with spacious accommodation for all occupants; built-in versatility and practicality; and a class-leading boot volume of up to 408-litres VDA.
The high quality of new C4’s interior finish is immediately apparent from the tactile soft-touch material on the top of the one-piece dashboard and the generous amounts of chrome around the dials and vents. This is a car created to deliver a supremely satisfying on-board experience as well as long-term durability.
Promising precise control and an accomplished drive, new C4’s driver-focused cockpit immediately delivers a feeling of on-road comfort and confidence. Personal comfort can be tailored to individual requirements, with users able to adjust the colour of the instrument display, select their own ‘polyphonic’ sound alerts and even set the intensity of the automatic air conditioning to one of three different settings. For optimum levels of comfort, new C4 can be specified with massaging front seats – the first time this has been offered in this sector of the market.
New C4 is intelligently designed with a range of new convenient technologies, a number of which are unique to the segment. There is a new blind-spot monitoring system, a cornering light function, cruise control and speed-limiter with favourite speed settings and Citroën’s innovative eTouch Emergency & Assistance System.
Selected models feature a new raised centre console – another first for the class – which houses a cooled and illuminated storage area that can take four 0.5-litre bottles. Other available equipment includes a Connecting Box that provides Bluetooth® and a USB socket; front and rear parking sensors; parking space ‘gap’ measurement; Xenon dual-function directional headlamps and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Impressive acoustic comfort and the levels of soundproofing in the car – filtering out external road noise and vibrations – have been benchmarked to the segment above.
Users can even immerse themselves in a rich, authentic audio experience with the standard specification Surround Sound audio system. Alternatively, there is the option of a premium Denon HiFi, which is new to the Citroën range.
An environmentally respectful car, the new C4 uses the latest Citroën technology to reduce its ecological impact. With CO2 emissions from just 109g/km, the new C4 is one of the most ecologically-conscious models in the segment and all diesel models qualify for free VED in the first year.
A Gear Efficiency Indicator – standard specification on all manual models – signals the optimum moment to change gear and encourages economical driving. A focus on controlling new C4’s overall weight and the use of 15% ‘green’ materials add to the new C4’s environmental credentials.
New C4 is powered by an extensive range of refined and efficient powerplants – three BMW co-developed petrol engines and four efficient HDi diesel units. Power output ranges from a refined 90hp to a punchy 155hp. Automatic, 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and 6-speed EGS transmissions are all available.
Citroën’s innovative micro-hybrid e-HDi drivetrain is available with the HDi 110 engine and EGS transmission, which delivers CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km – reducing to 99g/km on future models. A combination of several environmentally considerate technologies – including a second generation Stop & Start system with regenerative braking – e-HDi helps to improve fuel efficiency by up to 15% in city driving conditions, with CO2 emissions reduced by around 5g/km.
One of the safest vehicles in its class, new C4 has been awarded the maximum 5-star Euro NCAP rating, including a 97% score in the ‘Safety Assist’ category – the highest score for any vehicle of its type.
Arriving in the UK in January 2011, the new Citroën C4 will be offered in three well-specified trims – VTR, VTR+ and Exclusive – and is attractively priced, starting at £15,595, rising to £21,495 for the range-topping 2.0HDi 150hp Exclusive. Prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%.
The new C4 is a desirable addition to the compact 5-door hatchback segment – an important class in the UK – which includes competitor models such as the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Renault Megane.
In this competitive sector of the market, there is a balance of retail and business buyers, with customers in allcategories typically looking for stylish, comfortable, reliable, well-equipped, affordable vehicles that also offer sophistication, practicality and versatility.
Moreover, research findings clearly indicate that customers in this segment want a vehicle that is engaging, yet easy to drive; a cabin that’s serene and tranquil, but not dull; a vehicle that is beautifully designed, but not ostentatious; a vehicle that is contemporary, but not overtly trendy or flamboyant.
The new Citroën C4 perfectly meets the needs of buyers in this important sector of the UK market.
PRODUCT IN DETAIL
The new Citroën C4’s styling is striking and purposeful, elegant and assertive. The chiselled profile bristles with premium detailing, giving a clear impression of strength and stability. The sculpted lines and black rear spoiler reflect the model’s optimised aerodynamics whilst the upper side panel and roof have been laser-welded to remove assembly joints, creating an unusually sleek and smooth roofline. Glossy black B-pillars, a blackout treatment on the rear side windows and stylish chrome detailing complete the premium look.
The distinctive front end features a sculpted bonnet that curves out towards the sides with incisive headlights that flow into the side wings and the imposing new twin chevron grille. The sweeping side profile showcases two intersecting style lines and steeply raked quarter windows to underline the dynamic looks. At the rear, the new style chevrons and an original lighting signature highlight the clean lines of the tailgate and emphasise the model’s prestigious design.
The new C4 is offered in a choice of ten body colours, carefully selected to complement the model’s form, with a range of sculpted and stylish alloy wheels sized between 16” and 18”.
Quality and sophistication are evident throughout the new C4’s cabin, with full attention paid to the flush assembly and feel of the materials used. The dashboard and fascia have been designed to contain as few component parts as possible and are finished in soft-touch materials with chrome detailing on the controls and vents.
The new C4’s four-spoke steering wheel feels substantial, with soft-touch leather, satin chrome inserts and an impressive array of functionalities – including audio, telephone, speed-limiter/cruise control – all positioned at the driver’s fingertips.
The gear selector on EGS gearbox versions – positioned neatly on the centre console – is small, tactile and trimmed in leather. Its size and shape means it fits snugly in the driver’s palm.
All elements of lighting in the cabin have been finely tuned to each other creating a sophisticated and modern environment. Front and rear LED reading and courtesy lights – standard on Exclusive models – cast a clear white light, whilst mood lighting bathes the footwell and centre console in a soothing hue.
Creating a bright and airy cabin environment – and providing an expansive field of vision – new C4 boasts a large windscreen and is available with a vast 1.3m2 panoramic sunroof.
SPACE, PRACTICALITY & VERSATILITY
At 4.33m long, 1.79m wide and 1.49m high, new C4 is fractionally larger than its forerunner. Despite the model’s compact external dimensions, there are generous internal volumes with extensive space and storage for all occupants, including the biggest boot in its class.
The raised dashboard architecture increases legroom for the front passenger and each front door storage compartment can accommodate a 1.5-litre bottle and miscellaneous A4-size documents.
The model’s centre consoles come in four variants depending on the trim level and transmission – low, semi-raised, raised with manual gearbox and raised with EGS gearbox. All offer generous storage for drinks, mobile phones, MP3 players and other items. When combined with the EGS transmission, the raised centre console offers a large refrigerated and illuminated compartment that can be closed with a sliding shutter. Able to hold up to four 0.5-litre bottles, this feature is a first for the class.
Rear occupants also benefit from extensive space and storage with generous amounts of leg and headroom, which allows up to three adults to sit comfortably during longer journeys. Each rear door incorporates a storage compartment large enough for a 0.5-litre bottle and a paperback sized book. Most models feature front seat back pockets for additional storage and handy drawers positioned under the front seats.
With a capacious 380-litre boot – increasing to a maximum 408-litre VDA capacity (under the parcel shelf and utilising the under-floor storage compartment) – the new C4 offers the biggest boot in its class. The practical cubic dimensions and low, slim sill ensure ease of loading and optimal use of the available volume. When required, the split/folding rear seats can easily be tumbled forward to create additional load space up to the front seat backs.
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COMFORT & CONVENIENT TECHNOLOGY
The new C4 is designed for business-class travel with intuitive, intelligent technology enabling owners to tailor the new C4’s environment and ambience to their own preferences. For example, the intensity of the automatic dual-zone air conditioning can be set to Light, Medium or Strong, and a REST function maintains ventilation in the cabin for up to eight minutes after the engine is switched off.
With full or part-leather upholstery, the front seats on Exclusive models feature electric lumbar adjustment for maximum support and a massage function for a touch of luxury – another new feature for the segment.
The cockpit is driver-focused, with an ergonomically optimised driving position placing the instrument cluster and controls within easy sight and reach. Fusing analogue with digital display technologies, the new instruments features three striking binnacles that provide exceptional legibility of all essential driver information whilst covering the cabin in a soft blue or white glow. An aviation-inspired touch of technology, the analogue speedometer circles around the central binnacle instead of sitting at its centre. The colour of the binnacle display can be changed from blue to white to suit the driver’s preference.
Acoustic treatment was a priority in the development of new C4 and the levels of soundproofing have been engineered to match those of larger executive saloons. The meticulous sonic treatment includes an acoustic laminated windscreen on most models; peripheral sealing barriers on the body and doors; and sound absorbent materials in the engine compartment. Vibration, engine noise, aerodynamic noise and road noise have all been minimised to create a calm and peaceful cabin environment.
Complementing this quiet, refined ambience, new C4’s ‘polyphonic’ sound alerts are available with four different themes (Classic, Crystal Symphony, Jungle Fantasy & Urban Rythmik) for the indicator signals or the unfastened seatbelt warning.
Essential for a satisfying on-board experience, the new C4 is fitted with a Surround Sound audio system as standard. Alternatively, Citroën has partnered with Denon to create an optional premium HiFi system that includes four specially developed woofers, four tweeters, a digital amplifier and a sub-woofer in the boot.
As with all of the latest Citroën models, new C4 offers all the connectivity to satisfy the modern driver. A USB port, 3.5mm jack plug and 12V socket are available on the centre console for connecting, listening to and charging a range of electronic devices. Most models also feature an additional 12V port and removable torch in the boot.
The new C4 can be equipped with eMyWay – Citroën’s integrated new-generation navigation system. Features include a high-resolution colour display; GPS satellite navigation; internal memory; USB connectivity for MP3 players; speed limit display; and Bluetooth® for hands free calls and audio streaming from mobile phones.
The availability of front and rear parking sensors, parking space ‘gap’ measurement, electric folding and heated door mirrors, an automatic electric parking brake and Hill Start Assist also make the new C4 easy to live with in built-up environments.
Available as an accessory, Citroën’s WiFi On Board system uses a 3G/3G+ SIM card to create a wireless network in the car with continuous internet connection.
POWER & DYNAMICS
On the road, the new C4 combines the highest standards of ride smoothness and responsive handling for an enjoyable driving experience. The suspension settings are tailored to the power and torque of the different engines, which contributes to new C4’s class-leading levels of on-board comfort.
With MacPherson-type front suspension, rear suspension with a flexible transverse beam and speed sensitive hydraulic steering with an electric pump, the running gear’s proven features are a perfect fit with the vehicle’s characteristics. The Citroën C4 also delivers excellent roll control and exhibits sharp reactions, notably in emergency manoeuvres.
The new C4 is offered with a range of BMW co-developed petrol engines, highly efficient HDi diesel engines and gearboxes that help maximise fuel economy.
New C4 offers:
- Four diesel engines – HDi 90, HDi 110, e-HDi 110 & HDi 150.
- Three petrol engines – VTi 95, VTi 120 & THP 155.
- The THP 155 & e-HDi 110 are both mated to a 6-speed EGS gearbox.
- The HDi 110 & HDi 150 are mated to a 6-speed manual ‘box.
- The VTi 120 is available with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.
- The VTi 95 & HDi 90 both come with a 5-speed manual ‘box.
All engines are Euro 5 compliant, all diesel engines are equipped with a particulate filter (DPFS) and all manual models are fitted with a Gear Efficiency Indicator (GEI). The 6-speed EGS transmission has an ‘Auto’ setting and delivers lower fuel consumption than an equivalent manual transmission.
New C4 VTR+ and Exclusive models are available with Citroën’s innovative new micro-hybrid e-HDi system with EGS transmission, which delivers up to 67.3mpg over a combined cycle and just 109g/km of CO2.
The e-HDi powertrain consists of a refined and efficient 1.6HDi 110 diesel engine fitted with a Stop & Start system featuring a second generation reversible alternator. An e-booster system allows instantaneous and whisper silent engine restarts in just 400ms – twice as fast as a manual key restart and 30% faster than with a reinforced starter. The electronically controlled alternator uses regenerative braking to recover energy and the EGS gearbox features optimised gear ratios. The system even stops the engine before the car comes to a complete halt – from 5mph during deceleration. The e-HDi system can improve fuel efficiency by up to 15% in urban environments and reduces CO2 emissions by around 5g/km.
Models with 16” wheels, including the e-HDi VTR+, feature low rolling resistance Michelin Energy™ Saver tyres, which help to reduce fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 5g/km compared with standard tyres.
Citroën has utilised the latest industrial technologies, along with a ‘part by part’ focus on reducing the weight and number of components in new C4. For example, the laser welding on the roof and doors saves 2kg and new C4’s steering wheel saves 3kg compared to the ‘fixed’ hub steering wheel on the previous model. Controlling new C4’s overall weight has helped to deliver safer and more responsive handling whilst reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
New C4 also demonstrates Citroën’s expertise in engineering efficiency with every effort made to minimise the model’s carbon footprint in the production process. A record for the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group, 15% of new C4’s polymer components are made using ‘green’ materials such as re-cycled plastics, natural materials (e.g. cellulose fibre) and other bio-materials from non-fossil, renewable sources. In all, thirty individual parts, including the rear bumper, door panels, carpets and wheel arch liners use these ‘green’ materials. New C4 is also 85% recyclable.
New C4 achieves the highest standards of safety and has already been awarded the maximum 5-star rating by independent assessors Euro NCAP, including a score of 97% in the ‘Safety Assist’ category – the highest score achieved for any vehicle of its type.
With a range of driving aids fitted as standard, new Citroën C4 offers users exceptional on-road control. Standard specification safety-enhancing technology includes ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), EBA (Emergency Braking Assistance) and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme). Citroën’s Intelligent Traction Control is also specified as standard equipment on most models.
Occupants are cocooned in a safe and secure environment, with protection from an energy-dissipating, reinforced body structure and six airbags across the range (driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain). Remote central locking with deadlocks and Isofix anchorage points are fitted as standard, and an anti-theft alarm is also available.
New C4 is available with a range of new and innovative features designed to improve the safety of both occupants and other road users. A blind-spot monitoring system – unique in this segment of the market – uses ultrasound technology to detect vehicles in the car’s blind-spots and alerts the driver with an illuminated pictogram in the door mirrors. Using four sensors located in the front and rear bumpers, the system – active from 8mph – monitors the area from the front door mirror to 5m behind the rear bumper and 3.5m (i.e. the width of a road lane) on either side of the vehicle.
All new C4 models are fitted as standard with cruise control and speed limiter. From the VTR+ trim level, the speed limiter and cruise control adds a favourite speed settings function, which provides extra driving convenience with a focus on safety. The user can programme up to five speed settings and easily switch between them when speed limits change on the road.
Standard from the VTR+ trim level, a cornering light function activates the fog lights when the indicators are on or when the steering wheel is at an angle of 60° – illuminating an area of up to 75° either side of the vehicle. The function improves visibility and enables drivers to spot potential obstacles earlier. Daytime-running halogen headlamps are also standard across the range.
An optional Vision Pack, available on Exclusive models, includes Xenon dual-function directional headlamps that cast their beam in the direction of travel, which further increases visibility and safety. This option also includes the new blind-spot monitoring system and tyre pressure monitoring.
New C4 owners can also benefit from Citroën’s new eTouch Emergency & Assistance System, which automatically or manually makes geo-localised emergency or assistance calls using a built-in SIM card – for rapid intervention in the event of an accident or if the car is immobilised. The system also enables drivers to monitor their driving patterns and fuel consumption, and to receive advice on how to improve their fuel economy. Similarly, drivers can consult their vehicle’s technical status and monitor any necessary maintenance or servicing requirements online at their ‘MYCITROËN’ personal space. These services are free and available 24-7.
The Citroën eTouch Emergency & Assistance System was awarded the prestigious Euro NCAP ‘Advanced’ Reward accolade at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
The new C4 is available in three trim levels – VTR, VTR+ and Exclusive.
The entry-level VTR comes generously equipped, including six airbags, ESP, Hill Start Assist, manual air conditioning, electric front windows, a six-speaker Surround Sound audio system and cruise control with speed limiter.
At the heart of the range the VTR+ is a perfect balance of equipment and style, adding key equipment such as alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, customisable colour instrument binnacles, front fog lights with cornering function, rear parking sensors and a Connecting Box – Bluetooth® hands free and USB socket. The semi-raised centre console with sliding armrest is also fitted from this trim level (raised centre console on the e-HDi model).
For a luxury driving experience, the Exclusive adds 17” alloys, part-leather upholstery, digital air conditioning, automatically illuminating headlamps, automatic windscreen wipers, front parking sensors with parking space ‘gap’ measurement and the eTouch Emergency & Assistance System. Owners also gain electric lumbar adjustment with massage function on both front seats and benefit from the raised centre console with automatic electric parking brake.
PRICING & AVAILABILITY
The new Citroën C4 range starts at just £15,595 for the 1.4 VTi 95hp VTR. The range-topping Exclusive model, powered by Citroën’s refined and punchy 2.0HDi 150hp unit, is priced at £21,495.
New C4 will be available to pre-order from 22nd November, with first deliveries from the ‘on sale’ date of 11th January, 2011.