2022 Citroen C4 Review: Cross The Lines

Derryn Wong

Page 1: New Citroen C4 is now a crossover: Design, space, equipment and more

Photo: Clifford Chua

The crossover approach doesn’t do any wonders for the C4’s driving experience, which is what we expected. The 1.2-litre engine is a little gruff, and the gearbox betrays the occasional lurch – very French – but the drivetrain is torquey and, when treated gently, quite efficient, and capable of small car figures (around 6.0L/100km) 70/30 highway/urban mix. 

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Citroen says there are special ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushions’ which improve ride quality, and we had no complaints about the C4’s ride behaviour as a small crossover in Singapore. What is lost in the process is a little of the pleasing, direct handling and body control of the hatchback predecessors – though admittedly this is probably not a priority for most Singaporean buyers. 

What is top of that list is bang for buck, and the C4 has that thanks to a VES bonus, and Cat A COE eligibility. As a result, the top-spec Style variant comes in at below S$125k with COE.

Kia’s Sonet brings similar affordability but in a boxier, classic SUV shape

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It also has a lot of equipment – keyless, device charger, sunroof, head-up display, LED lights, the tech bits mentioned above, and active safety with adaptive cruise, blind spot monitors, autonomous emergency brake, and road sign recognition. 

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But opt for the lesser ‘Feel’ variant and the price dips to an attractive S$115k with COE, though you lose some of the active safety (adaptive cruise, blind spot monitors, road sign recognition), the wireless charger, and the sunroof in the process, which we think is a fair trade. 

The contemporaneous styling is a big draw for the new C4, but the fact that it has lots of equipment, and a decent amount of practicality and can be quite efficient are what should stand out for buyers now.

Just don’t expect it to behave like a ‘real’ SUV, but a high-riding hatch instead, and enjoy the lines. 

Citroen C4 1.2 Style

Drivetrain Petrol engine 
Engine1,199cc, inline 3, turbocharged
Power129hp at 5500rpm
Torque230Nm at 1750rpm
Gearbox8-speed automatic 
Top Speed210km/h
Fuel Efficiency4.7L/100km
VES Band A2 / -S$15,000
AgentCycle & Carriage France 
PriceS$121,999 with COE and VES
Verdict Cat A and VES bonuses make it affordable, and its crossover-nature gives it more attention at last

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About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's chief editor brings 15 years of experience in automotive journalism. Previously, he was the editor for Top Gear Singapore, and a presenter for CNA's Cruise Control motoring segment. He's contributed to The Business Times, Today, and many other publications, and also covered technology as editor of Stuff magazine. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he is the Chief Slave of two cats. Follow him on Instagram @werryndong

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