Stylish new Citroen C4 has real substance

The new Citroen C4 which was launched earlier this year and is keenly priced with the entry level model at €19,140.

The new model has C4’s distinctive profile and offers the balanced proportions of their very successful rally heritage. This gives off a clear impression of strength and stability, right from the purposeful front end back to the rear spoiler. Chrome detailing combines with dynamic headlight styling and sculpted alloy wheels for a sophisticated and impressive road presence.

Fractionally larger than the previous model, the 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.

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.

With CO2 emissions from just 109g/km, the new C4 is one of the most ecologically-conscious models in the segment. Powered by an extensive range of refined and efficient powerplants - BMW co-developed petrol engines and efficient HDi diesel units. Power output ranges from a refined 90 bhp to a punchy 110 bhp. Five-speed manual, six-speed manual, and six-speed EGS (Electronic Gearbox System ) transmissions are all available.

Thanks to the car’s low emissions, the diesel engines start from Band A of the Vehicle Road Tax at just €104. All models are fuel and CO2 efficient – with up to 67.3 mpg economy and emissions as low as 109g/km on e-HDi versions, making the new C4 one of the most ecologically conscious models in the segment.

Citroen’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 technologies - including a second generation Stop & Start system with regenerative braking - e-HDi helps to improve fuel efficiency by up to 15 per cent 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 five star Euro NCAP rating, including a 97 per cent score in the Safety Assist category - the highest score for any vehicle of its type.

The new Citroen C4 is offered in three well-specified trims - VTR, VTR+, and Exclusive - and is attractively priced, starting with the aforementioned entry level model at €19,140, and rising to €25,890 for the range-topping 1.6e-HDi 110hp EGS Exclusive.

My recent test in the new Citroen C4 reconfirmed for me its perfect balance and really pleasurable drivability. It is the best example of tight new generation Citroen models and it has a real substance to match its inspiring styling and distinctive good looks.

On top of that, a high quality finish, good ride comfort, five-star safety ratings and good fuel economy return, mean that the new C4 is well placed to meet the requirements of the most demanding mid-size five-door hatchback customers. Check it out for yourself.

Great final scrappage scheme deals from Citroen

With the Government Car Scrappage Scheme in its final month, Citroen Motors Ireland tells us that it is offering customers a choice of three very special scrappage models.

The first is the C3 VTR+ 1.4i 75 manual, packed with features such as the unique panoramic zenith windscreen, cruise control, air conditioning, front fog lights and alloy wheels. It is available from only €11,745 - including €1,250 Government Scrappage Scheme allowance and a very generous €4,1000 Citroen scrappage bonus.

The second highlighted model is the recently launched new C4 VTR VTi 95 manual featuring the largest boot in its class and loaded with Positive Power, available from only €14,995 - including €1,250 Government Scrappage Allowance and €2,895 Citroen scrappage bonus.

The flexible and spacious Berlingo Multispace VTR HDi 90 manual is also an available option from only €15,295 - including €1,250 Government Scrappage Allowance and another really generous €5,105 Citroen scrappage bonus

Andy Hall, Sales Manager of Citroen Motors Ireland told the Advertiser: “As a company that are committed to lowering CO2 emissions, Citroen is very proud of the wide array of models (90 per cent of our passenger range ) that emit just 140 g/km or lower and therefore qualify for the Government Scrappage Scheme allowance.

“By introducing these special offers we believe we have selected models that will tailor for all scrappage customer needs.”

The Government Scrappage Scheme ends on Thursday June 30.


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