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CITROEN E-C4 ELECTRIC HATCHBACK

100kW Shine Plus 50kWh 5dr Auto

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Fuel Type
Fuel Type Electric
Mileage
Mileage 0.00mpg
Co2
Co2 0.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 93mph

Standard Equipment

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Driver Convenience

  • 10" high resolution touchscreen user interface, controlling media, connectivity and vehicle settings
  • 5.5 inch backlit full TFT driver's instrument cluster with LED ambient lighting
  • Active blind spot detection
  • Apple car play and Android auto
  • Citroen connect box emergency and assistance system
  • Citroen connect nav with speed cam and danger zones alert
  • Coffee Break Alert
  • Driver's head-up display
  • Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
  • In-crash braking
  • Speed limiter
  • Voice commands
  • Wireless smartphone charging

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • 7.4 kW single-phase onboard charger
  • Advanced comfort suspension - double hydraulic stops on front suspension and single on rear suspension
  • Mode 3 charging cable with Type 2 connectors - for accelerated charging from wall boxes and dedicated public charging points

Entertainment

  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming
  • Citroen Hifi system with 1 speaker in dashboard centre, 4 woofers in doors, 2 tweeters in pillars and 1 subwoofer
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • 3rd brake light
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour painted external rear view mirrors
  • Dark tinted rear windows and side windows with chrome detail
  • Electrically heated, folding and adjustable external rear view mirrors with courtesy lighting
  • Electrochrome interior rear-view mirror with automatic day-night switching
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Gloss black rear skirt
  • Intelligent beam headlights
  • LED daytime running lights in V signature
  • LED front fog lamps with static cornering function
  • LED front headlamps
  • Rain sensing automatic front windscreen wipers
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear wiper
  • Welcome and goodbye lighting

Interior Features

  • 12V power outlet, 1x USB Type-C socket & data connection, 1x USB Type-A socket at 1st row + 1x USB Type-A socket , 1x USB Type-C socket in 2nd row
  • 3 individual rear seats
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Boot light
  • Dashboard tray in front cabin
  • Deluxe leather steering wheel with two command blocks
  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Electrically heated front seats
  • Fitted carpet mats
  • Front and rear LED interior lighting
  • Front head restraints
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height adjustable front passenger seat
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Map pockets in rear of front seats
  • Raised centre console with armrest and two cup holders
  • Rear central folding armrest with cupholders and ski hatch
  • Remote temperature pre-conditioning
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Split folding rear seats

Packs

  • High level acoustic insulation pack - C4
  • Hype black interior ambience with Siena leather and leather effect textile seats pack - C4 Shine plus
  • Safety plus pack with highway driver assist - C4

Passive Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • ESP
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Hill start assist
  • Manual child lock in second row
  • Manual deactivation of front passenger airbag
  • Post collision safety brake
  • Row 1 and 2 curtain airbags
  • Row 1 side thorax airbags
  • Seatbelt unfastened on the move warning
  • Tyre underinflation detection

Security

  • Anti-theft alarm (volumetric protection)
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Remote locking with deadlocks

Wheels

  • 18" diamond-cut Crosslight alloy wheels with anti-theft locking wheel nuts
  • Puncture repair kit with compressor

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty
    70
  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    50
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    7.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    450
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    300
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    30
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location
    Left Side Rear
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH
    16.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL
    14.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH
    3.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL
    4.3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City
    470
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - TEH
    468
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - TEL
    523
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    351
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH
    351
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL
    352
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City
    292
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - TEH
    291
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - TEL
    325
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    218
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH
    218
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL
    219

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    Not Available

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    136
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    50kWh
  • Coin Series
    Shine Plus
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    22E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    80
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    83
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    4
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    57
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    63
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10
  • Engine Power - BHP
    136
  • Engine Power - KW
    100
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    192
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    26.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    260
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3674
  • Top Speed
    93

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    DIAMOND CUT CROSSLIGHT
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1520
  • Length
    4360
  • Wheelbase
    2670
  • Width
    1800
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2032

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2020
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1250
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    380
  • Max. Loading Weight
    459
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1561
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.9

The e-C4 adds a bit of colour to the EV part of the family hatch segment, thinks Jonathan Crouch.

Background

Citroen is a company with a reputation for trying to do things differently. Unfortunately though, the reality is that it's not always been a company able to do things differently from sister brand Peugeot. In the last few decades, a depressing cloak of PSA Group conformity has characterised family offerings from the double chevron marque. But gradually things seem to be changing and Citroens are being set apart once more. First, with details things like Airbumps and squashier seats. And now with more fundamental engineering. For an example of that, take the subject of this test, the e-C4. It's all-electric - which is significant because electrified versions of Peugeots bigger than supermini-size usually prefer a plug-in petrol/electric PHEV drivetrain. PSA apparently now gives its brands a choice between PHEV and BEV and Citroen wants to be different. But how different in this case? That's what we're here to find out.

Driving Experience

Rather interestingly, this is one EV that doesn't spear away from rest like a scalded cat. That attribute's a bit pointless, it cuts across this car's laid back Gallic demeanour and it needlessly depletes battery reserves, so Citroen hasn't bothered with it here. The e-C4's a bit like Mazda's rival MX-30 in that respect. Not that the e-C4 is slow; the 134bhp electric motor allows 62mph to be dispatched in 9.7s on the way to a maximum you'll never bother with (97mph). What you'll notice more is the relaxed gait. It's inevitably not as light on its feet through the corners as a combustion-engined C4: the weight of the 50kWh battery has to tell somewhere. Your driving position is somewhere between that of a family hatch and an SUV and you get a couple of pedals, along with a small straightforward gear selector. There's no 'one pedal' driving option, like you get in a Nissan LEAF, but there's an extra B mode, which gives greater lift-off deceleration, so boosting the battery's energy-harvesting efforts so that you can get somewhere close to the claimed 217 mile range figure. The ride is very comfort-orientated, as you'd expect from a Citroen thanks to the clever Progressive Hydraulic suspension set-up. Here, the car's springs and shock absorbers work in concert with hydraulic compression and rebound stops, which are supposed to slow body movement over bumps and tarmac tears.

Design and Build

Citroen isn't one of those brands who think that a full-EV needs to look radically different from a combustion hatch, so you'll struggle to tell this e-C4 apart from its combustion-engined C4 showroom counterparts, unless you happen to notice the badging or the charging flap. Like other C4 variants, this one confirms that the delineating line between family hatch and compact SUV design is being ever more blurred. Which many folk in search of a compact hatch will think to be no bad thing. Citroen says the crossover cues aren't for crossover purposes. The higher-than-Focus-class-average 156mm ride height is there to offer a high vantage point and better all-round visibility. The matte black-finished wheel arches aren't for arduous tracks but to prevent supermarket car park dings. And there's plenty of signature Citroen design, with stylishly-shaped signature lights and chromed Chevrons that stretch across the car's width. Plus there's and an air intake grille featuring a pattern first seen on the brand's recent 19_19 concept car. If you want an alternative to this e-C4 hatch, Citroen also offers an e-C4 X saloon. Inside, the dash gets the kind of big 10-inch centre touchscreen that's in current vogue. And a fully digitalised instrument binnacle. Thankfully, the climate controls are separated out from the screen on the centre stack. Six interior colour schemes are on offer, all aimed at making you feel as 'if you're in your living room' - though it's a pity we don't get some of the more interesting colour packages offered in Europe. For the rear seat, the brand claims best-in-class knee room and offers a wide range of storage compartments. Plus there's a decently-sized 380-litre boot (extendable to 1,250-litres) which is exactly the same size as that of the combustion-engined model.

Market and Model

Prices for the e-C4 sit mainly in the £31,000 to £35,000 bracket and there are three trim levels to choose from - 'Sense', 'C-Series Edition' and 'Shine Plus'. There's also the option of an alternative e-C4 X saloon body shape. All variants offer a tablet computer holder for front seat passengers, LED interior lighting, a rear parking camera and adaptive cruise control further up the range. But you'll need to stretch to top 'Shine Plus' trim to get the brand's premium hi-fi system featuring uprated speakers and the addition of a subwoofer. All e-C4 models get the brand's Advanced Comfort seats, which offer extra support and can be enhanced with optional heating and massaging systems. Various interior colour scheme packages allow you to personalise the cabin. And wheel sizes range from 16 to 18-inches, with the e-C4 featuring an exclusive 18-inch 'Crosslite' alloy wheel design. The freshly designed 10-inch digital dashboard and instrument binnacle comes as part of the standard package, as does wireless 'phone charging and 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring connectivity. A nice optional touch you might well want to consider is a full-HD camera built into the rear view mirror which can take photos or video stored on a 16GB memory card. Safety-wise, there's no fewer than 20 different driver assistance features, including Highway Driving Assist and a 'level 2' semi-autonomous drive system incorporating Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist.

Cost of Ownership

You might struggle to replicate that claimed 217 mile range figure we quoted earlier, unless you habitually drive like Miss Marple (it's 224 miles with the e-C4 X saloon), but that's hardly an issue exclusive to Citroen when it comes to EV mileage claims. We found that in urban use, it's much easier to get closer to that target figure. Especially since Citroen made changes to the drive system so that range in a variety of conditions is said to be improved, though the stated WLTP mileage reading we just quoted hasn't officially changed. The e-C4 is fitted with an 11kW charger, which can charge from empty in around 7.5 hours using a 32amp home wallbox. It also has 100kW fast charger, which can achieve an 80% charge in around half an hour using a public fast charger. From launch, all customers will be offered a Pod Point Solo Smart Charger included in the price. As usual with an electric car, you can control charging via your smartphone and take advantage of lower cost off-peak electricity tariffs. You'll properly want to keep garage costs in check by opting for the affordable 3 year servicing plan that is available at point of purchase. Finally, there's the usual Citroen three year / 60,000 mile warranty. The insurance group for all variants is rated at 22P.

Summary

You might not be quite ready to make the step from family hatch to SUV. You also might not be quite ready to make the step from combustion engine to full-electric. This Citroen e-C4 makes either of these sizemic steps a good deal more plateable to folk wavering on the edge of a crossover culture or a nightly charging regime. You get most of the visual cues associated with an SUV. And enough driving range to make the switch from combustion power to EV realistic enough to consider. Let's be honest, all of this isn't going to be enough to allow this car to out-sell the two family hatch EV models it's primarily targeted at, the Nissan LEAF and the Volkswagen ID.3. But the e-C4 has a much more individualistic charismatic feel than either of those two cars. It's a proper Citroen, which means it's interesting, stylish and extremely comfortable. And a proper Citroen is something we always welcome. If you're looking for a wider choice in the EV part of the family hatchback segment, you should too.

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