As practical family hatchbacks go, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more reliable servant than the Citroen
C4. Introduced in 2004, it was originally a replacement for the manufacturer's Xsara model, but has since come into its own as a must-have vehicle for families who want interior comfort and economy.
The latest version of the C4 features a stunning look with several tweaks and innovations, without deviating too far from the design which won it the World Car Design of the Year Award for 2006. The focus is undoubtedly on unfussy practicality and nothing-to-prove confidence, with a few understated touches like chrome chevrons and a roof spoiler serving to accentuate the car's easy charm. The inside tells much the same story, with functional, unobtrusive controls complemented by extra details such as a leather-trimmed steering wheel (VTR+ model). Versatility, too, is key, with a 408-litre boot space which represents the largest in its class.
The C4's engine range represents the some of the most sophisticated fuel-saving technology on the market today. The diesel units are particularly efficient, with the e-HDi 115 engine delivering a maximum 76.3mpg combined. CO2 emissions go as low as 95g/km, making this one of the most environmentally-friendly family hatchbacks around. Despite this focus on efficiency, the C4 provides a smooth, relaxed ride, with palpable control over every facet of the vehicle's movement. This is due to several sophisticated driving aids, including Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Intelligent Traction Control (ITC), which work to improve roadholding and control.
In addition to standard safety features such as six airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchoring and a seatbelt warning system, there are a number of additions. These include the optional blind spot monitoring and cornering light functions, both of which serve to minimise the potential for human error, while the latter also provides enhanced visibility on the road.
For further details on the new Citroën C4 or to arrange a test drive today, contact your local Lookers Citroën showroom in Newport, Blackpool or Preston.