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Citroen e-C4 running costs, insurance, warranty & tax

The Citroen e-C4 should be a very cheap car to run, much like other electric cars of this size

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£31,485 - £33,835
Fuel Type:
Electric
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalAnnual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
233yrs/60,000 miles2yrs/16,000 milesFrom £120/£240

There's a lot to be said for choosing an electric car like the e-C4 as your next family runabout. The potential savings are great – no fuel to pay for, reduced servicing costs thanks to longer intervals, zero road tax and, for company-car users, very low BiK (Benefit-in-Kind) tax.

The e-C4 is still more expensive to buy than its internal-combustion-engined sibling, but day-to-day running costs have the potential to be lower, especially if you have access to a home wallbox and a suitable electric-car-specific tariff. It's also a bit of a no-brainer if you do lots of shorter trips – a typical-use case for many of us. 

Citroen e-C4 insurance group

The e-C4 is rated in group 23 for insurance, which is lower than for its 'cousins' the Peugeot e-2008 (group 25) and Vauxhall Corsa-e (groups 24 and 25). These are relatively high for cars of this size, but reflect the extra costs of repair that technology-packed cars may incur. 

Warranty

The e-C4 is covered by Citroen's standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, plus an eight-year/100,000-mile guarantee for its battery. This isn't quite as impressive as those offered by the likes of Kia (seven years/100,000 miles) and Hyundai (five years/unlimited miles), but still plenty to cover the usual three-year length of a typical lease.

Servicing

Citroen's Car Plan programme lets you spread the cost of maintenance. Generally, an electric car will require servicing less often than a petrol or diesel equivalent thanks to a relative lack of moving parts, and that applies here – the e-C4 has an interval of two years or 16,000, whichever comes first, so you can expect to spend less.

Road tax

You don't have to pay any road tax (VED) on an e-C4 for the moment, thanks to its zero-emissions status, and it's also exempt from the London Congestion Charge until 2025.

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