Citroen e-C4 review: boot space, seating & practicality
That interesting shape hasn't had an undue impact on the e-C4's practicality, though the spoiler does affect visibility
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Citroen is keen for the e-C4 to be a viable family-car option, so particular attention has been paid to its interior and to practicality. Its design isn't entirely perfect, however – rear headroom could be better, and the car's bootlid spoiler ruins rearward visibility. Thankfully, all but the base car come with a reversing camera, which is a huge boon when parking. Overall though, the e-C4 is a practical family car.
Citroen e-C4 interior space, storage & comfort
There's plenty of space in the e-C4 for a family; the back seats are spacious enough for kids and smaller adults, even if the sloping roofline cuts into headroom for taller occupants.
Legroom is ample both in the front and back. Citroen is known for filling its cabins with plenty of storage and the e-C4 carries on the tradition, with a large central cubby, large doorbins, cupholders beneath a roller-hatch and a large central armrest compartment.
In late 2022, Citroen launched the fastback-bodied e-C4 X. With an identical wheelbase, there isn’t much more space in the rear, though the steeply reclined seat backs do make it feel a little more roomy.
The e-C4's 380-litre boot is the same size as you'll find in petrol-powered C4 models, and just five litres down on that of the Volkswagen ID.3 – despite effectively sitting in the class below. It's practically designed with a boot floor that lines up perfectly when the rear seats are folded – perfect for loading and unloading larger items.
The newer e-C4 X comes with a saloon-style bootlid, so despite being much bigger than the e-C4 on paper (510 litres versus 380 litres) it isn’t necessarily any more practical. You may struggle to get larger items in due to the fact the boot opens from the beltline, rather than the roof as it does in the standard e-C4.
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 is now optionally available with a bigger 54kWh battery – only adding to the crossover's appeal
- 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 & comfortPractical, comfortable and with decent infotainment, the Citroen e-C4 offers plenty to like inside
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThat interesting shape hasn't had an undue impact on the e-C4's practicality, though the spoiler does affect visibility
- 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