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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|23||3yrs/60,000 miles||2yrs/16,000 miles||From £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.
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.
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.
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 & insurance - currently readingThe 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 & comfortPractical, 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