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Citroen announces updated C4 hatchback

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Citroen has revised its Ford Focus-rivaling C4 family hatchback, which was launched back in 2010. While many of its rivals claim to offer sharp handling around bends, Citroen has put the focus purely on comfort in the C4, with the option of massaging front seats, low levels of road noise thanks to hefty amounts of soundproofing, and the option of a panoramic glass roof complete with an electric blind.

The updated C4 gains new headlights, LED running lights and tweaked rear lights for a sharper look, while the interior has been brought up to the date with a simplified layout. The engines have been updated for greater economy – two petrol engines and four diesel units will be available, while buyers can choose from three trim levels – Touch, Feel and Flair.

Petrol motors consist of a 109bhp unit – which is capable of 60.1mpg claimed fuel economy and is eligible for £20 annual road tax – and a 128bhp model that features stop/start as standard and is available with manual and automatic gearboxes. The diesel engines offer up between 99bhp and 148bhp. The least powerful model is capable of impressive claimed fuel economy of 85.6mpg and should return CO2 emissions of 86g/km – more than low enough to warrant free car tax. Despite their extra power, the 118bhp and 148bhp diesels still return way over 70mpg – the less powerful car offering claimed economy of 78.5mpg, with the more powerful version chalking up 74.3mpg. Both models still emit low enough levels of CO2 for free car tax too.

The interior of the updated model is dominated by a seven-inch touchscreen, which is standard on Flair models and optional on Feel trim, and controls a new sat nav system, radio, audio-streaming and portable device connectivity. The C4 also boasts a large boot, with 408 litres of space on offer, along with a large glovebox, generously sized door pockets and under seat storage trays.

The new C4 is available to order now with the first cars expected to arrive in April.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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