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Citroën C4

(2021 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

65
%
B

Used car score:

64
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

65
%
C

Safety Rating:

62
%
C

Eco Rating:

69
%
A

Reliability Rating:

31
%
E

Running Costs:

79
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

65
%
B

Used car score:

64
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

65
%
C

Safety Rating:

62
%
C

Eco Rating:

69
%
A

Reliability Rating:

31
%
E

Running Costs:

79
%
A

Summary


The Citroën C4 is a medium-sized family car, which was unveiled in late 2020 and arrived in the UK in early 2021. It’s similar in size to a Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus, although it’s more a liftback than a regular hatchback, and rides a bit higher like an SUV/crossover. So it’s certainly a bit different to its competitors.

Unusually, the C4 is available with a choice of petrol, diesel or electric power. This page only covers the conventional fossil-fuel models, and we have a separate page for the electric ë-C4 version.

The initial reviews for the C4 range have been generally positive, although not quite as strong as for the leading rivals in its class. It has been praised for its comfort and distinctive design, which is notably different from anything else in the mid-size family car sector.

As of January 2024, the Citroën C4 holds a New Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 65%. It achieves top marks for its low running costs and CO2 emissions, but its safety rating is merely average and its reliability record is poor.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door liftback
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £19,495 on-road

Launched: Winter 2020/21
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: May 2021
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 80%
Child protection: 83%
Vulnerable road users: 57%
Safety assist: 63%

The Citroën C4 was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in May 2021 and awarded a four-star safety rating. In most areas the car performed well, although not as well in every test as the best performers, hence the four-star rating. The main concern of testers was that the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system did not recognise pedestrians well enough in all scenarios.

This rating score also applies to the ë-C4 electric model.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Citroën C4 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Citroën C4 has a poor reliability record, according to workshop and warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partners at MotorEasy. This score applies to both the current model C4 and to previous (pre-2021) generations.

The most commonly reported problems relate to the engine, with an average repair bill of £550. Gearbox repairs are considerably more expensive, with an average bill of £1,200, but thankfully these have ben quite rare to date.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models119 g/kmA135 – g/kmA – A
Diesel models129 g/kmA113 – 129 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models19A13 – 22A – A
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£158A
Year 2£456A
Year 3£718A
Year 4£957A
Year 5£1,311A
Overall£3,600A

The Citroën C5 X should be a very affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our technical partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

We don’t have independently verified fuel consumption data for the petrol and diesel models, but the CO2 levels (which are linked closely to fuel consumption) are excellent.

Insurance costs are excellent, as are servicing and maintenance costs over the first five years.

For a car this size, you’ll struggle to find any petrol or diesel car that’s cheaper to live with than a Citroën C4.

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