What should I be paying?
The C4 range starts at £22,080 for the entry level Sense spec car with the 99bhp petrol motor. Sense Plus ditches that weedy engine and replaces it with the 129bhp version at £24,030, with the 8spd auto available for a £1,400 uplift.
C-Series Edition trim does the same thing from £25,580, although the diesel engine becomes available here for £28,610. Go for top spec Shine Plus specification and it’s automatic transmissions only, with petrol or diesel options. The former starts at £27,540, while the latter tops out the C4 range at £29,170.
What are the trims like?
Sense actually gives you a decent spec, this is no rental car trim level. You get 18in alloys, auto headlights and wipers, dual zone aircon, rear parking sensors, 10in touchscreen with Apple and Android connectivity, cruise control, keyless go and a wealth of safety equipment.
Sense Plus adds more stuff to your infotainment, reversing camera, adjustable boot floor and the thing for your passenger to attach their tablet to. C-Series Edition bags you heated front seats and steering wheel, auto high beams on your headlights, adaptive cruise control, satnav, fancy ambient lighting and more speakers around the car.
In top spec Shine Plus you get all that (except the speakers for some reason) plus a head-up display, electrically adjustable seats with Alcantara trim and a folding armrest in the back seats that comes with a ski hatch.
Which one should I go for?
We’d be tempted just to go for the entry level Sense spec car, to be honest – you get a decent amount of equipment. If we were being greedy then the C-Series Edition with its adaptive cruise, ambient lighting and heated seats are rather tempting, but sometimes you have to be disciplined and put your practical hat on.
The entry car is the most frugal of the range and sits in insurance group 13, while the rest of the C4s are in 19 to 21. All adds up – though if you’re a company car buyer we’d say go for the electric version.