By Sandy Myhre
The first thing you notice about the Citroën C4 is the styling. It isn’t deeply sculpted on the sides like the Hyundai Ioniq so it looks more streamlined, more natural some how although it does have bolstered curves around the front and rear wheels.
This is the third generation C4 model and it contains plenty of French flair that sets it apart from an increasingly crowded marketplace. So far, so good.
Next is the driving position which is contented, if it can be described as such but the French make the most comfortable seats in the world. The multi-position options means it suits just about any shape and size.
Then there’s the on-road performance. It’s simply hard to believe there is a 1.2 litre, 3-cylinder engine under the bonnet with eight-speed transmission. Sure, it’s turbocharged, but even so. It doesn’t go like the proverbial pocket rocket and peel the skin back on your face quicker than a plastic surgeon but it’s not designed that way. It’s more than adequate for standard Kiwi roads.
Inside, the Citroën C4 has concentrated on comfort. It has multi-adjustable seats and they are all, well, content to use that word again. If anything the designers have forsaken outlandish on-road skills in favour of comfort inside and in that they have succeeded admirably.
Boot space is great, leg room is very good indeed given the size of this SUV which is a compact crossover. The large alloy wheels give it the appearance of a much bigger car.
It’s a superb alternative to, say, a hatch of which there are umpteen on the market to choose from. It’s different, very comfortable, roomy and with a price tag of $41,990 highly competitive.