What is it like on the inside?
It’s actually a little bland and old-fashioned inside the C4 – we don’t want Citroen to fall foul of the temptation to smack in a huge touchscreen and hope for the best, but at the same time the chic style of the exterior isn’t really translated to the inside of the car. But if that’s the price we pay for getting aircon buttons back on the dashboard then we shan’t complain too loudly.
Is it nice and practical?
It is. There are some neat little storage points around the front seats, including a little hidden area just behind the transmission selector. The central cubby between the seats is a decent size and you can finally fit more than an espresso in the cupholder of a French car.
The boot isn’t as big as it could be – 380 litres with the seats up and 1,250 litres with the seats knocked down. Basically the same numbers as the Volkswagen Golf, and smaller than the 412/1,323 litres you get in the Peugeot 308. If you SUVified the latter car and went for the 3008 that’s even more practical still with a 520-litre boot. All of which is to say that the C4 is not quite as big as it looks from the outside.
What’s the infotainment like?
It’s the standard Stellantis set-up inside the C4 that we are familiar with from Peugeots and Vauxhalls galore. It’s not the most flash system, it’s occasionally a bit slow, but it does a serviceable job.
We’re not a fan of the blanked out real estate on either side of the Apple CarPlay display, the tiny screen acreage makes you feel like you’re squinting at an early Noughties aftermarket satnav you’ve suckered to the windscreen. Still, using the maps on your phone is much better than trying to understand Citroen’s homegrown effort on the move.
Any cool tech?
Citroens aren’t meant to be cool – this isn’t the Seventies anymore. The firm has tried, at least, and some passengers will be impressed at the fold-out tablet holder that sits over the glovebox. We’re assured by Citroen that the airbag is designed to go round any tablet that might be nestled there, rather than smashing it into your passenger’s face in the event of an accident.