The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

An affordable electric for a young family

Starting price: £30,995

The Pros

Front storage

Leather seats

Range

Running cost

Cons

Rear internal height space is low

Poor rear visibility

Intro

There’s a lot of great things to say about the Citroen e C4, which is classed as a small coupe. However, we’re not sure it would suit all families. Here’s what we thought and we’ll let you be the judge.

There are 4 trim levels; Sense, Sense Plus, C-Series Edition and Shine Plus. We drove the Shine Plus. It has keyless entry (not on the Sense trim) and start/stop. The car will also lock and unlock as you approach or move away from the car and the electric wing mirrors will automatically retract. There’s no gear stick for this automatic car and instead you’ll need to change gear by flicking a lever. You’ll need to give it a good push, we were clearly too gentle to begin with when trying to switch from “drive” to “reverse!”

The e C4 is an easy, quite drive, although Claire’s youngest complained that the indicators were very loud (worth remembering if you don’t want anything to wake those sleeping babies!) We were disappointed with the visibility in the morning whilst on the school run. There’s no rear windscreen wiper, so clearing the dew from the rear window and the wing mirrors can take up precious time. At one point, Claire had to wind her driver window down to check for traffic when moving away.

Citroen boast the 50 kWh battery has a range of 217.62 miles. This does sound great for day-to-day driving but bear in mind heating the car or using air con will lower the range. You’ll also have to budget for the charging parts which are additional extras.

Charge time for the e C4 with a 100kW charging point takes just 27 minutes and 7.25 hours with a 7.4kW charge point. A full charge at home will have an average cost of around £5.00 – not bad at all!

Citroen have included an SOS button for emergencies and if cruise control is on your list to make those longer journeys easier, you’ll need to opt for the Shine Plus trim.

Interior

The e C4 has a stylish interior and Citroen have included some sleek features to make the drive feel more luxurious including a “head up display” meaning you can see the car speed and speed limit on a pop-up screen in your eyeline that magically appears and disappears as you start/stop the car. The 10-inch touchscreen is placed high on the dashboard for ease and is fairly easy to manipulate, although it doesn’t seem to be as high tech as other on-board computers we’ve come across. We aren’t huge fans of the navigation tool and map and instead prefer using the smartphone integration feature that allows you to access your map app, giving a more sharper and clearer view on the screen. There’s a digital cockpit behind the steering wheel which will let you know how much charge is left.

For colder months, there’s a heated steering wheel on the C-Series Edition and Shine Plus. We love this feature and it does mean you won’t have to choose between cold hands or driving gloves (which makes us feel a bit ‘James Bond.’)

Like most new cars, there’s an app and Citroen have named theirs the “My Citroen App.” The feature means you can check the car’s charge remotely but more importantly it also means you can heat or cool the interior temperature before you get in the car, saving precious minutes on the inevitably last minute school run!

The dual climate control can be adjusted by using the touchscreen or dials located underneath the screen. We much prefer the second option as it just seems safer and less fiddly when driving with little ones in the back. There are air vents in the back to keep the kiddies cool or warm them up but sadly they won’t be able to adjust the temperature.

You’ll have no difficulties parking the e C4, all trims come with rear parking sensors as well as a 360°camera.  We LOVE these cameras! They give the driver a bird’s eye view of the car meaning you can see everything within the car’s surroundings, even the parking lines in a car park. You won’t want to settle for a car without one of these once you’ve experienced it! If front parking sensors are on your list, then you’ll need to choose the C-Series Edition or Shine Plus trim.

Seats & Passenger Space

The seats in the e C4 are leather, a big hit for families; those spills and crumbs can be wiped away with ease. They are comfy enough, but we found adjusting the driver’s seat a bit of a faff. Our arm was awkwardly placed and we had to squeeze it in between the door frame and the side of the seat to turn the dial. If 2 people are going to be driving the car, you may have to factor in an extra few minutes to adjust your preferred driving position.

There is plenty of leg room in the front for both the driver and the passenger. However, in terms of height space, taller passengers will have to lower their seat to feel less claustrophobic, as the windscreen pillars seem to encroach on space.

Sadly, the back is where we feel some families may have issues with the e C4. There are 2 ISOFIX points on the rear bench and we managed to fit a rear facing baby seat and large booster seat on there. We were also able to place 2 large boosters and our smallest booster on the back seat. However, this comes with a snag …. with the height of the high back booster seat fully extended, you’ll find your child’s head will almost be touching the ceiling! Claire’s 9 year old looked uncomfortable her head unbelievably close!  This is due to the sloping rear window and you’ll need to consider this if the e C4 has caught your eye. It inevitably means that 3 adults will find the rear space a squash and a squeeze. On the plus side, there is privacy glass so the sun’s glare will be kept to a minimum.

Cups & Cubby

Lots of storage is available in the front of the Citroen e C4. There are 2 central cupholders in between the passenger and driver seats with a retractable cover. A storage tray can be found below the dashboard, again with a retractable cover, and also a handy light for keys and other bits and bobs. Here you’ll find a wireless phone charger (on the Shine Plus trim) and 1 USB and 1 USB C point. A small amount of extra storage is in the armrest. The front door bins can accommodate a large water bottle leaving a little space for anything else.

Citroen clearly think very highly of the front passenger and have provided all manner of storage compartments to keep them happy!  Besides the glove box where you’ll find ample space for the odd iPad, you’ll also find 2 pop-out storage units. The first consists of a large tray where you can hide away phones etc and the other reveals a device holder! Therefore, if you grow tired of listening to your other half, you can also plug them into a device too!

In the rear, sadly you won’t find any cupholders unless you have 2 passengers and then you can drop down the central armrest. Larger water bottles won’t fit in there unfortunately and they won’t fit in the door bins either, which are on the small side.

A plus are the large storage pockets on the back of the front and passenger seat. These are much larger than in a lot of cars we’ve seen and you’ll have no problems placing iPads, colouring books etc in there.

Boot Space

There’s a reasonable amount of space in the boot. It has a capacity of 380 litres, meaning its similar to the Ford Focus and the same as the VW Golf. You’ll get a substantial amount of shopping, school bags etc in there and the boot floor is flush making getting items in and out much easier. The boot floor can be lifted to reveal additional space where the charging cables can be stored or you can remove the floor to increase the capacity and store the cables in the useful side compartments instead.

We managed to fit our stroller in the boot, but we could only place it in diagonally, so items would have to be placed either side. Sadly, once we placed our large pram in there, there wasn’t much room for anything else. There isn’t a powered tailgate either and these do make opening and closing a car boot so much easier when y0u’re hands are full.

Summary

So, in summary, Citroen have included some great family features, such as the 360° camera, that will make driving the e C4 much easier for families. We would only consider Shine Plus which starts from £34,995. The storage isn’t bad for a car of this size, however, the height in the rear we feel may be a problem for a lot of families and Citroen should really consider upgrading their on-board computer.

Car seats used in this review – 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Maxi-Cosi Pebble (width 43cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4360mm (L) x 1800 (W) x 1520 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

380 Litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

118 cm

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

N/A

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

217

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-62mph in 9 secs