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Citroën ë-C4

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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.  

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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. 

The Citroën e-C4 currently holds an Expert Rating of 68%, based on 18 reviews, as of August 2021. As it’s still a very new car, this score could change as more reviews are carried out in coming months. The Citroën C4 range, including the e-C4, is yet to be tested by Euro NCAP.

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 £33,395 on-road*
* price includes £2,500 Plug-In Car Grant

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


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Safety rating


No safety rating

As of July 2021, the new Citroën ë-C4 has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. Once the ë-C4 has been put through its paces by Euro NCAP, we will publish the results here.

As standard, the ë-C4 comes equipped with all the usual kit you’d expect to see in a new car, such as autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. However, to get the full list of safety features you need to add ‘Safety Pack Plus’ for an extra £1,100. This includes a more advanced emergency braking system, traffic sign recognition and other accident avoidance technology.

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Citroën ë-C4 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the ë-C4 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Awards


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

2021

  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Electric Medium Car

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Citroën ë-C4, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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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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