Citroen e-C4 review
Citroen's first proper go at an electric family car is a successful one, offering good all-round ability with a unique character
- Very comfortable and refined
- Practical family transport
- Great charging capability
- Soft chassis can feel a bit loose
- Some rivals offer a longer range
- Steering is too light
|Car type||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Electric||222 miles||7hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7kW)||30mins (0-80%, 100kW)|
While other brands in the Stellantis family like Peugeot, Vauxhall and DS have been producing electric cars since mid-2019, the e-C4 marks Citroen’s first attempt at a fully zero-emissions family car. Launched at the end of 2020, the e-C4 shares much of its DNA with the Peugeot e-2008 and DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE. Sitting under the muscular bodywork is the same 134bhp electric motor and 50kWh battery as its Peugeot and DS counterparts.
The result is a similar 0-62mph time of 9.7 seconds, a top speed of 93mph and a maximum range that initially stood at 217 miles, before being extended slightly to 222 miles by some technical updates in October 2021. The e-C4 also benefits from the same 100kW rapid charging technology as its stablemates, which allows for a 80% top-up in just 30 minutes if you can find a fast enough charging point.
While the e-C4 uses the same underpinnings as Vauxhall, DS and Peugeot's electric models, Citroen’s electric coupe-SUV retains a character all of its own, partly thanks to its styling, which is more rugged compared to the design of other electric models.
However, despite the e-C4’s protective cladding, raised ride height and more SUV-like appearance, Citroen has labelled it as a family hatchback rather than a crossover. The e-C4 was developed to take on the Volkswagen ID.3, Cupra Born and Nissan Leaf, rather than electric SUVs like the Hyundai Kona Electric or Kia e-Niro.
That doesn’t mean the e-C4 can’t match other coupe-style crossovers when it comes to practicality. There's plenty of space inside, the 380-litre boot is the same size as in combustion-engined versions of the car and Citroen's focus on comfort feels suited to the car's family-friendly remit.
So, while it's very closely related to some other models, the e-C4 feels unique – quite a feat in today's world of extensive platform-sharing among car brands. It's not different for the sake of it, either: instead, the e-C4 is comfortable, quiet and easy to live with, with its quirks only adding to the experience. It's a breath of fresh air in a marketplace full of bland crossovers with no defined purpose. For a more detailed look at the Citroen e-C4, read on for the rest of our in-depth review...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingCitroen's first proper go at an electric family car is a successful one, offering good all-round ability with a unique character
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe e-C4's relative lack of range versus some rivals is countered by good charging capability
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Citroen e-C4 should be a very cheap car to run, much like other electric cars of this size
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe e-C4 comfortable and has sufficient performance, but we'd prefer a more controlled driving experience
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortPractical, comfortable and with decent infotainment, the Citroen e-C4 offers plenty to like inside
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThat interesting shape hasn't had an undue impact on the e-C4's practicality
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThere's not much solid reliability data to go on yet, but the Citroen e-C4's proven underpinnings bode well
- 8Living with itWe put Citroen's electric family hatchback through its paces in the real world with a long-term test