Citroen e-C4 interior, dashboard & comfort
Practical, comfortable and with decent infotainment, the Citroen e-C4 offers plenty to like inside
In the e-C4's cabin, quality is very good and a distinct step up from Citroens of old; standard digital dials and large touchscreen give a high-tech feel, while clever practical touches like hidden storage ahead of the gear lever and a tablet holder on the passenger side make it well suited to family life.
Citroen e-C4 dashboard
The dashboard has a wide, flat design and is centred around the similarly wide infotainment screen in the middle, with large central air vents below. A digital instrument cluster features behind the steering wheel. Overall quality is good, though perhaps not quite up there with the likes of the Volkswagen ID.3.
Equipment, options & accessories
Citroen revamped the e-C4's trim levels in early 2022, with the range now made up of Sense, Shine Edition and Shine Plus variants and starting from just under £29,500 after the government grant has been applied. In April 2022, a new 'C-Series Edition' version joined the line-up.
Standard equipment on the entry-level Sense comprises LED headlights, 18-inch alloys, power-folding mirrors, rear parking sensors and keyless entry, along with active safety technology. Interior and comfort features include a 10-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity, a tablet mount for the front-seat passenger, Citroen's 'Advanced Comfort' suspension and seats, plus climate control.
Stepping up to Shine Edition adds a head-up display, active cruise control, active blind-spot monitoring and a 'Safety Plus Pack'. Sat nav, front and rear parking sensors, a colour reversing camera, a heated steering wheel and a two-position boot floor also feature. Shine Plus comes with wireless smartphone charging, an upgraded audio system with a subwoofer and heated front seats that can be finished in either leather or leather-effect textile.
The C-Series Edition adds a bronze colour pack, 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, dark-tinted rear windows and body-coloured bumpers and doorhandles. Inside, there's a heated leather steering wheel and heated front seats.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The infotainment system in the e-C4 comprises a 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a 5.5-inch digital dashboard with a head-up display. The system is logically laid out, responsive to the touch and – crucially – the heater and ventilation controls aren't in a sub-menu. Dedicated physical ventilation controls sit below the screen on the centre console and are therefore easily adjusted on the move without undue distraction.
In This Review
- 1VerdictCitroen'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 & comfort - currently readingPractical, 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