Citroen e-C4 electric motor, drive & performance
The e-C4 comfortable and has sufficient performance, but we'd prefer a more controlled driving experience
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Performance from the e-C4's electric motor is adequate: punchy but without making you feel queasy with every prod of the accelerator. A dedicated 'B' mode ramps up the regenerative braking to good effect, making town driving a breeze – simply lift off as you approach junctions or traffic and speed is scrubbed off like a petrol car in a low gear. The system can bring the car to a complete stop, too.
Citroen e-C4 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
The e-C4 is powered by a 134bhp electric motor that can deliver peak torque from the instant you press the accelerator. This means acceleration feels zippy from a standing start, much like the majority of all other modern electric cars.
Top speed is 93mph – not that that's terribly relevant – while 0-62mph is dealt with in nine seconds. In reality, though, the Citroen feels much keener than that figure suggests – zipping away from traffic lights is a benefit of the electric-car driving experience that's present and correct here.
The e-C4's light steering helps with parking, but we’d prefer a little more weight for extra confidence at higher speeds. It's less of an issue on the motorway, where the e-C4 really excels on refinement and comfort.
Citroen's 'Progressive Hydraulic Cushions' suspension is standard across the range, so the e-C4 sticks to the brand's traditional comfort-orientated approach as it ably takes the edge off any nasty lumps and bumps in the road. It’s not perfect, however; the system can feel slow to react at lower speeds, while faster changes of direction often cause the car to feel loose or a little unwieldy.
In This Review
- 1VerdictCitroen'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 & performance - currently readingThe 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