What is it?
A refreshed version of the Citroen C4, featuring the usual mid-term visual makeover and new powerplant options.
Most of the aesthetic changes relate to the C4’s front end, which gets a new treatment for headlights and radiator grille strongly reminiscent of the new C5.
The interior has been tidied-up slightly, with the rev counter relocated to the large central display unit. Two new 1.6-litre petrol engines are available, with the less powerful 118bhp version tested here.
It’s a product of PSA and BMW’s joint petrol engine programme, and we’ve previously seen it in the Mini.
What’s it like?
The new motor is an impressive performer, combining strong low-down response with decent urge if you choose to wring it out. CO2 and fuel economy figures are both substantially improved over the old 1.6-litre motor, too.
Unfortunately the vague-feeling change action of the five-speed gearbox charged with transferring the engine’s efforts really lets down the driving experience – and the sudden, high-biting clutch doesn’t help, either.
The C4’s cabin looks and feels plasticy compared to more modern rivals, but the driving position is comfortable and the C4 is a relaxed cruiser on ‘A’-roads, although it feels under-geared for motorway cruising.