Citroen e-C4 review
Citroen's first proper go at an electric family car has been successful, 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||217 miles||7hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7kW)||30mins (0-80%, 100kW)|
Stellantis – the parent firm of Peugeot, Vauxhall, DS and Citroen – is on something of an electrification mission, with lots of new electric cars popping up from each of its brands. However, while its sister brands have had electric cars on sale since mid-2019, Citroen only just launched its electric effort – the e-C4 – at the very end of 2020. It shares much of its DNA with the Peugeot e-2008 and DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE, yet retains a character all of its own.
While in the metal the C4 has a very distinct crossover feel, the French manufacturer labels this as a family hatchback rather than an SUV. Forget the protective cladding and slightly raised ride height – Citroen's latest electric car has been developed to take on the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen ID.3.
The e-C4 is designed to stand out from the crowd but doesn't skimp on practicality like some coupe-style crossovers. There's plenty of space inside, the boot is the same size as in ICE versions of the car and Citroen's focus on comfort feels suited to the car's family-car remit.
Citroen has set the e-C4 apart from its Peugeot and DS siblings in appearance, but underneath it uses the same 50kWh battery and 134bhp electric motor as those cars. The result is a 0-62mph time of 9.7 seconds, a 93mph top speed and a 217-mile range on a charge. The Citroen e-C4 also benefits from the same 100kW charging technology as its stablemates, which allows for a 80% rapid charge in just 30 minutes.
It may be very closely related to the Peugeot e-2008 and DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE, but the Citroen e-C4 feels unique – quite a feat in today's platform-sharing climate. 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. The e-C4 is a breath of fresh air in a marketplace full of bland crossovers with no defined purpose. For a more detailed look at the car, 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 has been successful, 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 costsThe e-C4 should be a cheap car to run, much like other electric cars of this size
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe e-C4 comfortable and has sufficient performance, but we'd prefer a more controlled driving experience
- 5Interior & comfortPractical, comfortable and with decent infotainment, there's plenty to like inside the e-C4
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThat interesting shape hasn't had an undue impact on the e-C4's practicality
- 7Reliability & safetyThere's not much official data to go on yet, but the e-C4's proven underpinnings bode well