Citroen e-C4 review: running costs & insurance
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%)|
|22-24||3yrs/60,000 miles||2yrs/16,000 miles||From £128/£256|
There's a lot to be said for choosing an electric car like the e-C4 as your next family runabout. It is still more expensive to buy than its internal-combustion-engined sibling (£8,000-£10,000 depending on spec, to be exact), but the potential savings are great – no fuel to pay for, and the possibility of vastly reduced charging costs at home, plus lower servicing costs, zero road tax and, for company-car users, very low BiK (Benefit-in-Kind) tax.
Citroen e-C4 insurance group
Entry-level e-C4s are rated in group 23 for insurance, though mid-spec trims are actually in the lower group 22 – likely due to their longer list of safety kit, which includes a radar-assisted Active City Brake system. The top-of-the range ë-Series model and its more powerful electric motor sits in group 24, however.
Whichever one you go for, however, you’ll most likely enjoy lower premiums than if you’d opted for one of the Citroen’s siblings; the Peugeot E-2008 (groups 25-27) and Vauxhall Corsa Electric (groups 24 and 25) are both likely to be more expensive to insure. 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 having far fewer moving parts, and that applies here. The e-C4 has an interval of two years or 16,000 miles, whichever comes first, so you can expect to spend less on maintenance.
The Citroen e-C4 is a pretty expensive car, so you’d hope it’d hold a good slice of its value until you plan to sell it on. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fare too well in this department; buyers can expect the e-C4 to retain as little as 36-37% of its value over three years and 36,000 miles. The MG ZS EV will only retain slightly more, although the slightly more expensive Jeep Avenger will hold onto roughly 55% of its initial asking price over the same period, making it cheaper to buy new overall. Still, heavy depreciation means the Citroen e-C4 can be had as a bargain on the used car market.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Citroen e-C4 isn’t quite as fashionable as rivals, but it's comfortable and competitively priced nonetheless
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe e-C4’s is now optionally available with a bigger 54kWh battery – only adding to the crossover's appeal
- 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, 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