Citroen made its bones in this business on the foundation of innovation and forward-thinking. Those two things were evident in 2004 when the French automaker unveiled the C4, a small five-door hatchback that succeeded the Xsara and has since become one of its most popular models. As of 2014, the C4 is in the middle of its second generation, so that explains why the 2015 model received only a handful of cosmetic upgrades on the exterior and interior.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the lack of upgrades; there’s an art to simple modifications going a long way and it seems that Citroen has mastered that craft better than a lot of its own rivals. That said, it’s been almost five years since the second-generation model came to life. That’s why the 2015 model received these upgrades, bridging the gap between the previous iteration and the last few versions that are scheduled to be released in the next few years before the third-generation model arrives sometime in 2018.

Give the Citroen C4 its proper attention. Even though it’s not sold in the U.S., the model has become one of the most popular in its segment. That’s saying a lot considering that its competing daily with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Citroen C4.

  • 2015 Citroen C4
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    110
  • Torque @ RPM:
    151
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    20500 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

2015 Citroen C4 Exterior
- image 599253
2015 Citroen C4 High Resolution Exterior
- image 599258
2015 Citroen C4 High Resolution Exterior
- image 599247

The new C4 still looks largely the same, but it does feature a variety of updates, beginning with a new light signature that’s made up of new “slender” headlights with LED running lights resting comfortably at the bottom of the setup. The new lights play well with the hatchback’s ribbed bonnet, creating a recognizable, athletic appearance that’s a trademark of the C4.

The overall configuration of the front section remains true to its predecessor. The only exceptions are the splashes of chrome on the front and rear bumpers, added to enhance the car’s premium appearance. The new C4 also gains a set of 17-inch Miami alloy wheels. Out back, Citroen installed 3D-effect lights to appropriately showcase the enhanced stance of the five-door hatchback.

Citroen also announced that the new C4 will come in a choice of nine different colors, including two shades of grey: Platinum Grey and Spirit Grey.

Interior

2015 Citroen C4 Interior
- image 599246
2015 Citroen C4 Interior
- image 599251
2015 Citroen C4 Interior
- image 599254

The French are a fashionable lot, so it isn’t surprising that the interior of the Citroen C4 is about as good as it gets in its segment. The addition of new upholstery brings the quality up a few notches and the massage capabilities of the front seats are particularly impressive. A panoramic sunroof is also a part of the cabin goodies, which isn’t something you normally see in hatchbacks.

The C4’s tech game is also pretty strong, thanks to a host of new technology in the car. The introduction of the hands-free Access and Start-up system, as well as the new seven-inch touchscreen tablet that handles all media and navigation functions are the new tech digs on the C4. These new technologies complement the existing tech Citroen already offers with the C4, including Hill Start Assist, Intelligent Traction Control, a Blind Spot Monitoring system, and the Citroen Connect Box.

Drivetrain

2015 Citroen C4 High Resolution Exterior
- image 599248

The 2015 Citroen C4 boasts a number of engine options in both diesel and petrol garb. On the petrol side of things, the lineup starts out with the PureTech 110 three-cylinder engine that produces 110 horsepower and 205 Nm (151 pound-feet) of torque, and delivers a fuel-consumption rating of 4.7l/100 km (50 mpg). Up the petrol engine lineup we have the PureTech 130 three-cylinder, which delivers 130 horsepower and 230 Nm (170 pound-feet) of torque while also consuming just 4.8l/100 km (49 mpg).

On the diesel side of things, there are three BlueHDI engines. The entry-level oil burner is the BlueHDI 100 that delivers 99 horsepower and 254 Nm (187 pound-feet) of torque. The BlueHDI 120 delivers 120 horses and 300 Nm (221 pound-feet) of twist. Respectively, these diesel engines deliver fuel-consumption ratings of 3.3l/100 km (71 mpg) and 3.6l/100 km (65 mpg).

Prices

2015 Citroen C4 Exterior
- image 599256

Pricing is not yet available for the 2015 Citroen CT4, but look for it to start in the £15,000 ($23,411 as of 12/22/2014) range and top out at around £24,000 ($37,458 as of 12/22/2014).

Competition

Volkswagen Golf VIII

2015 Volkswagen Golf High Resolution Exterior
- image 551902

It’s hard to envy the Citroen C4 given the market it belongs in. It’s tough to make your brand uniquely identifiable to the masses, but to do so while competing with a car like the Volkswagen Golf is a Herculean task in itself.

The Golf’s popularity is unquestioned and any discussion of hot hatches usually begins and ends with VW’s prized pug. Right now, the Golf VIII is right in the middle of its production run but it won’t be long before the Mark VIII hits the scene. In the meantime, the latest iteration of the Golf is longer, wider, and lower than its predecessor. All these qualities enhance the hot hatch’s sporty appearance.

As always, the Golf comes with a variety of engine options, including a 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. A 2.0-liter, TDI unit is also offered. While the TDI doesn’t have as much horsepower at just 150 ponies, its 236-pound-feet of torque can dish out more punishment than the gas version.

Pricing for the current Golf begins at $17,995 for the 1.8T two-door before going all the way up to $21,995 for the TDI Clean Diesel four-door.

Ford Focus

2015 Ford Focus High Resolution Exterior
- image 543210

Any discussion of five-door hatchbacks has to include the Ford Focus. Like the Golf and the C4, the Focus is a market heavyweight, especially in Europe were sophisticated buyers have turned to hot hatches for their everyday rides.

The Focus fits right in thanks to a combination of useful drivetrains and smart technology. It has its normal set of engine options including a standard 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that lays out 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque and a new 1.0-liter, inline-three, Ecoboost engine that pumps out a nifty 100 horsepower.

Prices for the base 2014 Focus starts at $16,810 all the way up to $35,710 for the Focus Electric.

Conclusion

2015 Citroen C4 High Resolution Exterior
- image 599249

The C4 offers a lot of things you’d want in a five-door hatchback. It may not have the brand cache of the Volkswagen Golf, but the C4 isn’t a pushover either.

Its combination of unique looks, improved technology, and new engine options is a recipe of a car that can be successful in a market crowded with so many other choices.

If the C4 were in the U.S., there’s a good chance that it’s going to make a lot of noise. All the additions to the 2015 model will only add to the intrigue surrounding this little French grinder.

  • Leave it
    • So many trim options that choosing one over another is an exercise in patience
    • Still has work to do to topple the Golf.

Press Release

Launched in 2010, with over 450,000 vehicles produced at the Mulhouse plant in France, the second-generation CITROËN C4 is being updated in 2015 with a new light signature, more useful technologies and latest-generation engines. Setting the standard for comfort in its segment, it is cementing its status as a compact hatchback delivering a superb ride and driving experience. Its elegant design, all-around comfort, and outstanding driveability are proof of CITROËN’s capacity to use creativity and technology to provide an overall sense of well-being.

The New CITROËN C4 Range features:

2015 Citroen C4 Exterior
- image 599253
  • a new light signature that makes the front end more expressive with LED running lights and adds a more dynamic touch to the rear end with 3D-effect tail lights. It also gains new upholstery materials and a simpler dashboard featuring a new centrally located 7” touchscreen tablet;
  • comfort is as exceptional as ever owing to a performance that filters out the road with no trade-off in driving pleasure. Onboard comfort is increased with standard-setting acoustic features, comfortable seats, massaging front seat, and a panoramic glass roof equipped with an electric blind. The CITROËN C4 is also spacious thanks to its 2.61 m wheelbase, split foldback rear seats, and a boot volume of 408 litres, setting the standard in this segment;
    2015 Citroen C4 Interior
- image 599254
  • useful technologies, with the introduction of the hands-free Access and Start-up system, a new 7-inch touchscreen tablet grouping all the media and navigation functions. Also featured are technologies designed to simplify driving, such as Hill Start Assist, Intelligent Traction Control and the Blind Spot Monitoring system. Plus everything needed for a connected motoring experience with the CITROËN Connect Box (including the emergency call and assistance system, a virtual servicing manual and an Eco-Driving service, all accessible over the Internet*);
  • latest-generation engines that enhance driveability and reduce fuel consumption. The 3-cylinder PureTech petrol engines and BlueHDi Diesels all meet Euro 6 standards. Combined with the Stop & Start technology and ultra low rolling resistance tyres, they deliver excellent fuel economy: 3.3 l/100 km and 86 g of CO2 for the BlueHDi 100 S&S manual unit and 4.8 l/100 km and 110 g of CO2 for the PureTech 130 S&S EAT6. The new EAT6 automatic gearbox contributes to this remarkable performance.

The New CITROËN C4 Range ships with a host of features for easy, worry-free driving.

View the full press release Hide press release
Press release
What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: