2008 Citroen C4 | new car review

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 by

Successor of the Xsara, the radical new C4 offers a mould-breaking blend of modern styling and innovative new technologies, with notable firsts including a multi-functional fixed-centred steering wheel and an inbuilt air freshener, in addition to a superb driving experience, class-leading aerodynamics and excellent value for money.

The distinctive exterior styling of the 2008 is the work of Renault designer Donato Coco. Besides its eye-catching new styling, and in keeping with Citroen’s great value reputation, all C4 models come with a long and impressive list of standard equipment. The C4 is available in two body styles – the four door as well as the sporty two-door .

Four trim levels are offered – the LX, SX, VTR Plus and Exclusive hatchbacks being matched by the VT, VTR, VTR Plus and VTS coupe models. When it comes to engines, the options include a 1.6i 16V unit as well as a 2.0i 16V version delivering power from 110bhp to 177bhp.

The C4 is the first all-new Citroen to feature the company’s new corporate look. The front end shows off the boomerang headlamp design and chrome double chevron grille to maximum effect, and nearly all models come fitted with attractive alloy wheels, but it is from the B-pillar back that the hatchback and coupe models break into their own highly original styles.

With its carefully crafted rear end unveiling a slender taillight design that gently wraps around to sit neatly above the rear arches, the curvier five-door hatchback is beautifully proportioned. And with the panoramic sunroof fitted, an option also available on the coupe models, the cabin feels especially bright and airy.

On the inside, where the C4’s impressive design continues, one discovers remarkably high levels of refinement and quality. The attention paid to detail includes impressive touches like the damped push-open drawers on the dashboard and an abundance of soft-touch trim that helps to create a refined environment.

Additional technologies normally reserved for far more expensive cars include cruise control and speed limiter – standard across the C4 range – as well the availability of Xenon Dual Function Directional headlamps. This advanced headlamp design, which operates on both dipped and main beam settings, significantly improves the field of vision during night time driving.


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