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 adept at dealing with 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
There are three trim levels: Sense Plus, Shine and Shine Plus, all of which fall below the £35,000 price threshold for the UK government's plug-in car grant (PiCG). Sense Plus (£30,895 after grant) brings LED headlights, 18-inch alloys, a head-up display and dual-zone climate control, as well as a 10-inch infotainment system with sat nav and a reversing camera – a feature you may find particularly handy due to the poorly designed split rear window.
The Shine costs almost £1,000 more, with prices starting at £31,845 after the grant. These cars get tinted rear windows, extra safety kit, plus keyless entry and start, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors and a heated steering wheel. Top-of-the-range Shine Plus is priced at £32,495 after the grant; it features a premium sound system, black leather, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, four USB sockets and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
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