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2011-03-01 08:48

FASHION FORWARD: The stylish new C4 hits South Africa sporting a customisable interior and two new engines.

Citroën’s new C4 is shows off its daring lines and, the carmaker says, an array of high quality finishes and upmarket features and functions.

The latest version of the French hatchback remains elegant, yet modern with a choice of ten body colours and wheel rims in sizes ranging from 16-18".

Citroën claims only best-in-class materials have been used for the new car’s cabin and the new instrument cluster with its three dials combining digital and analogue displays clearly defines different functions.


Citroën’s head of product development, Thomas d'Haussy, said: “We see the all-new Citroën C4 as the result of a top-down review during which we set our sights even higher than before, just as we did when we reviewed the previous C3 and C5 model ranges before developing the current ranges. We aim to keep the surprises coming.”

Among the surprises is the C4’s customisable interior. A choice of four “ringtones” is available for the indicator and warning signals, the driver the choose from four intensity levels for the air conditioning and the colour of the instrument cluster can be switched from white to blue and back again.

The car has grown bigger, wider and higher and the added space translates into more interior space, a larger storage area with up to 408 litres of capacity and a more leg room for passengers. As a bonus, since the car is designed for “business class travel”, electric lumbar massage seats are available for the two front occupants.


Two new 1.6-litre petrol engines are being introduced with the facelifted C4: the VTi 120 and the turbocharged THP 155. A five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission is offered for the former, while the THP is mated to a six-speed semi-manual gearbox.

The new car has a five-star Euro NCAP rating and standard equipment includes traction and stability control, EBD, EBA and six airbags. A programmable speed limiter and cruise control with up to five settings, front fog lamps that double as cornering lights and an optional blind spot monitoring systems are also available.

As for those who are always charged, plugged in and ready to go, the C4’s package includes a USB port, auxiliary jack and Bluetooth function that can all be accessed from the centre console, while a new built-in navigation system called eMyWay can be specified.

All new C4s are sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty and five-year or 100 000 service plan. A five-year or 100 000km warranty costs R9660 while extending the warranty and adding a five-year or 100 000 km full maintenance plan adds R19 560 to the sticker price.

C4 VTi 120 Attraction - R203 900
C4 VTi 120 Seduction - R218 900
C4 VTi 120 Seduction Automatic - R233 900
C4 VTi 120 Exclusive - R239 900
C4 THP 155 Exclusive EGS6 - R265 900

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