2006 Citroen C4 SX 1.6 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A comfortable, good performing family hatchback, let down by poor build quality

Faults:

Glove box frequently jams shut.

Glove box lid has fallen off several times.

Coin tray keeps on jamming closed and has to be forced open.

Exterior door handles stick open, so the doors won't close.

The drivers door sometimes catches on the wing when it is opened.

The cigarette lighter socket housing often comes loose when items are unplugged from it.

The engine sometimes sounds rough and 'whirry' on tick-over.

The steering wheel controls for the Volume and Cruise Control failed one day, but began working again in the afternoon after the car had been left for 3 hours.

The heated door mirrors have stopped working.

The car was recalled by Citroen in early 2008 to check a potentially faulty ESP unit seal.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable on the motorway.

The 1.6 110bhp Turbo Diesel engine performs very well.

The car returns excellent MPG Figures.

The car is well equipped for the price, with Air Con, electric windows and cruise control.

The car has been quite reliable. It is a company car and has high mileage for a 2 year old car (48k). There have been no major mechanical failures.

However.

The interior build quality is poor. The upper soft-touch section of the dash appears well made, but the rest of the cabin plastics are terribly cheap, particulary the gearbox and stereo surround.

The plastic steering wheel on my SX model feels cheap and is too thin.

The digital centre dash 'pod' for the speedo is of questionable taste, as is the steering hub that doesn't turn.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd April, 2008

2006 Citroen C4 Hdi VTR + 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Reliable, classy lady who tends to drink too much

Faults:

Overall the car has performed adequately however having taken the plunge and purchased this vehicle brand new, I cannot help be a little disappointed with the diesel consumption.

General Comments:

I enjoy the extra toys such as cruise control which can be adjusted `in flight' either higher or lower.

The sound system is nothing special and strangely the CD does not have a repeat function.

The ride is quite bumpy and I cannot help thinking that a manufacturer who was once famous for the quality of it's unique suspension system has let itself down.

The `N' reg ZX I previously owned was also a diesel with a 1.9 engine whose noise was often compared to a French taxi, but it regularly provided a return in excess of 50mpg. I just cannot understand why a car with 21st century technology including the latest electronic ignition and a complex fuel readout akin to NASA, should at best give an overall figure of 43mph. I have checked the electronic calculations with an old fashioned calculator and Litres to Gallons conversion chart. My driving pattern has not changed for at least four years so my expectation of at least 55 to 65 mpg has been dashed. The dealer checked the diagnostics and that has failed to reveal any faults.

The Artic Silver finish gives it a classy appeal and the automatic headlights, windscreen wipers, cruise control make it an easy car to drive especially with the driver's arm rest. Overall it's a car that appears to be reliable, comfortable, easy to drive, but after six months ownership I feel a little short changed at the pump.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th February, 2007

27th Feb 2007, 13:15

Not sure what size of engine you have. My 1.6 HDI (110) is 56.4mpg with the air con on and 54.6mpg when the air con is off. I find this to be very economical. It also depends on what type of roads you primarily use. I'm pretty much on country roads most of the time and admittedly drive rather fast. You should find that your fuel consumption will get better once you've run the car in for a couple of thousand miles. I also do not find the car bumpy at all, but pretty smooth. Definitely agree with the looks of the C4, they definitely stand out.

2nd Mar 2007, 20:50

Tell Citroen your experiencing a harsh ride. It's a known issue sometimes the bushes on some of the cars go and sometimes there are issues with the dampers.

Worth asking anyway. As has been said it took 10,000 miles for mine to start returning half decent MPG mine was a petrol 1.6 and at first I was getting a whopping 25mpg it will now do 30+ without a problem and have had it over 40 on a long trip.