Having had the delight of checking out two of the petrol power-plants from Citroen, I thought I’d make a little song and dance over them. A mighty fine duo; the 1.6 normally aspirated and the 1.6 Turbo charged C4 Citroens are worth having a closer look at in detail.
Both have the sensual C4 lines, both have the C4 comfort and ride qualities, and both are very well equipped and easy to live with cars. So what do they offer the motorist?
Let’s take a look under the bonnet first. Driving the Citroen C4 1.6 petrol, I was impressed with the overall zest of the engine. Lively performance and a well muted cabin made me wonder if I was driving something a little larger. The C4 1.6 petrol sits well-planted on the road, and has the ability to take the corners fast quickly without any signs of losing control. Body roll is evident, however the car’s chassis feels taut enough while riding the road undulations in first class fashion. Add to the exceptional ride comfort elegant cloth seats, a well equipped cabin and excellent storage space, and you have a car that will satisfy the needs of day-to-day running tasks.
Under the bonnet of the Turbocharged version, is a very insistent 110 kW of power that when assisted with a maximum 240 Nm of torque from as low as 1400 rpm (and held at maximum torque through to 4000 rpm) you are in for a treat. A six speed manual (four-speed auto with 103 kW) makes for very quick acceleration, whether from a gtraffic light dash or an open road gallop. The driving enthusiast will opt for the turbo version – I’m sure.
Open the door of the Citroen C4 1.6 Turbo model after admiring the extra chrome, body-coloured bumpers, fog lights and seventeen-inch Vollubilis alloys on the exterior of the car, and you are will again be impressed. The Citroen C4 1.6 turbo welcomes you with a chunky and sporty-looking leather steering wheel. The 3D x-ray cloth seats are bolstered and supportive in all the right places, while a leather option is available for those who like the touch and class of leather. Equipped with dual zone climate control and a front central adjustable armrest, the Citroen C4 1.6 Turbo has one or two more features than the basic 1.6 model; however, the base model is very well equipped and very comfortable in its own right. There is no lack of class for being the cheaper model, and I was highly impressed with the fit and finish of the base model’s quality trim.
The normally aspirated 1.6 litre powered C4 might not have ESP as standard, but every other prominent safety feature is found on board. Both cars come with an enviable five star safety record from crash tests carried out, leaving the new Citroen C4, once again, leading the way in their class. It’s nice to be able to purchase a well-priced new car and know that you have premium safety – full stop. No corners cut and no price cutting were allowed when Citroën considered the all important area of Citroen C4 safety. It’s what we expect, and its what we want – particularly if you have a family to consider in the decision making.
The Citroen C4 petrol-powered versions are blessed with powerful and smooth motors, a class leading ride and plenty of interior space for both its occupants and luggage. Ingenious storage compartments are located in clever places throughout the C4 cabin, and I can’t think of a more ideal way of getting around town, dropping the kids off to school or heading away for the weekend – except perhaps in a Citroen C4 diesel. But that’s another story.
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