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Citroën ë-C4

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Citroën ë-C4

(2021 – present)

    Summary


    The Citroën e-C4 was launched in Spring 2021 as an electric version of the new C4 mid-size family hatchback – which has itself earned praise as a more distinctive and better-looking vehicle than its predecessor.

    The ë-C4 gets its power from a 100kW (136hp) electric motor supplied by a 50kWh lithium-ion battery. That gives it an official range of 217 miles, which is likely to be closer to 160 miles in the real world.

    It’s hard to pigeonhole the e-C4 as it’s something of a mix of styles – it has SUV-like styling, but a strongly sloping rear roof line gives it a coupé image as well. This would normally translate into cramped rear cabin space, but it’s surprisingly roomy inside.

    Having been surprised by the space, reviewers agree that the ë-C4’s interior is one of Citroën’s best for some time, with particular praise for retaining traditional buttons alongside a touchscreen, unlike many new cars.  

    The ë-C4’s driving range is best described as adequate rather than outstanding, as it will cover most needs but can’t match some rivals like the Kia e-Niro or Volkswagen ID.3. However, its standard compatibility with 100kW rapid charging earns bonus points, cutting the time needed to charge at a public charging point before getting back on the road.

    Adequate also describes the car’s acceleration and handling, though many reviewers also highlight its hushed and refined performance at motorway speeds. 

    In January 2022, Citroën announced a cheaper new entry-level specification that – unsurprisingly – keeps the ë-C4’s starting price under the government’s reduced threshold for the £1,500 plug-in car grant.

    The Citroën e-C4 currently holds an Expert Rating of 71%, based on 22 reviews, as of June 2022. That’s four points higher than its petrol/diesel C4 sibling, but a long way behind the best medium EVs like the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

    ë-C4 highlights

    • Distinctive looks without sacrificing space
    • Quality interior
    • 100kW rapid charging capability
    • Refined at speed

    ë-C4 lowlights

    • Modest real-world battery range
    • Not as affordable as some rivals
    • Performance is adequate rather than great
    • Soft suspension leads to average handling

    Key specifications


    Body style: Five-door liftback
    Motor: Single electric motor, battery-powered
    Price: From £28,495 on-road*
    * price includes £1,500 Plug-In Car Grant

    Launched: Winter 2020/21
    Last updated: Winter 2021/22
    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
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    Adult protection: 80%
    Child protection: 83%
    Vulnerable road users: 57%
    Safety assist: 63%

    The Citroën ë-C4 was awarded a four-star safety rating by Euro NCAP in May 2021, based on testing of the regular C4. Citroën was required to provide data to show that the ë-C4 performed in a similar manner to the C4 in crash testing to satisfy Euro NCAP that the same score should apply.

    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.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of June 2022, the Citroën ë-C4 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Citroën ë-C4 to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the ë-C4, we’ll publish the score here.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Citroën ë-C4 has received

    2021

    • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Electric Medium Car

    Similar cars


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    Hyundai Ioniq Electric | Hyundai Kona Electric | Kia e-Niro | Kia EV6 | Mazda MX-30 | Mercedes-Benz A-Class plug-in hybrid | MG ZS EV | Nissan Leaf | Peugeot e-2008 | Polestar 2 | Tesla Model 3 | Vauxhall Mokka-e | Volkswagen ID.3 | Volvo C40

    The Citroën ë-C4 is a bit difficult to pigeonhole compared to most cars. It rides a bit higher than a regular saloon/liftback like the Hyundai Ioniq, but not quite as high as an SUV/crossover vehicle like the Hyundai Kona. As such, it has plenty of rivals that sit (literally) above and below it.

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    Citroën ë-C4The electric Citroën ë-C4 has a higher Expert Rating than its petrol/diesel C4 sibling, and has been praised for its styling and comfort.