2005 Citroen C4 SX 5door 1.6 from Norway
Nothing has gone wrong, but it is still rather new of course..
The car is overall OK+. Personally I don't like the hi tech space look the instruments have, with the center placed speedometer, digital instruments etc. but that is of course a matter of taste...
But I do like the cars design, though it's neither young-, flashy-, or sporty-looking, but it's not an "old-mans car" either.
The instruments are easy to handle and easily accessible, the car is very comfortable as Citroen's usually.
There is one BIG downside to this car and that is the performance. I don't know how the performance for this car is with the manual gearbox, but with the automatic it sucks. I can nail the pedal to the floor when driving in like 30kmh and it feels like I'm driving an old diesel van. Its even only got four gears so it's almost constantly driving in second and drinking unbelievable much fuel! I would never have thought it was possible for a 1.6 engine to use 1.2-5 litres fuel/10 km when city-driving and around 1l/10km on motorways.
Except for this it's a very nice car and I would definitely recomend it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd February, 2006
Autos do drink more fuel than normal.
However since you have only covered 3000km give it till your around 12,000 and watch the fuel consumption then. Your engine is still very tight and just needs to loosen up.
Mine was the same although I have the manual originally I was getting around 26mpg and now I'm getting 32mpg and its still going up.
The manual box with the 1.6 is over a second faster to 60 if I remember right. Mine doesn't have much problem shooting off fairly quickly with the manual box.
But The engine as said is probably very tight.
Do you just leave it in drive though? If so think you might be better altering your driving style you should still really change gears yourself in autos if you want to drive them correctly.
Lets just say there is a couple of insulting remarks for people that just leave autos in D all the time.
But performance should also increase as the engine brakes in as well
I have driven, many times, a Citroen C4 with the 1.6 litre engine and a traditional 4-speed automatic gearbox. It is a car that doesn't belong to me, but to a friend of mine. She has been driving the car since 2005, and it is still going strong, without any serious faults.
My impression was that, the gearbox is giving a little bit strange feeling when it changes from first to second gear. It is something like "kicking me back" very lightly, which was not noticeable at-all the third time that I have driven it. I guess that I have got used to it, or I haven't been gentle on the throttle in the first place. But, overall the gear changes are smooth, making it a very relaxing thing to drive.
Other than that, I found it to be pretty responsive to my throttle inputs. Passing a car in-front of us was not a problem at all. And I have never used the manual mode, nor I have floored the throttle! The gearbox responded perfectly, without any hesitation, and it doesn't stay in second gear forever! No way!