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Citroën ë-C4

(2021 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

72
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

67
%
C

Safety Rating:

62
%
C

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

86
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

72
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

67
%
C

Safety Rating:

62
%
C

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

86
%
A

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. 

As of January 2024, the Citroën e-C4 holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 71%. It scores top marks for its low running costs and for having zero tailpipe emissions, but its safety rating and media review are only average. Also worth noting is that we don’t currently have any reliability data, so check back again soon.

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 £32,195 on-road

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
Read the full Euro NCAP review

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


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

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

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, 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 exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the ë-C4, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models219 milesB217 – 220 milesB – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models4.3 m/KWhB4.3 – 4.4 m/KWhB – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models23B22 – 23A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£111A
Year 2£297A
Year 3£461A
Year 4£648A
Year 5£899A
Overall£2,416A

The Citroën ë-C4 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.

The electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for petrol and diesel cars) is very good, which leads to a decent battery range despite a modest battery size.

Insurance costs are very good, while servicing and maintenance costs over the first five years should be excellent.

Awards


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

2023

  • Auto Express Awards – Driver Power Award
  • Carbuyer Award – Best Used Small Electric Car

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

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