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2007 Citroen C4 "By Loeb" Review

Although it says 'by Loeb' under the door mirrors, I doubt Monsieur Leob had much to do with this C4 beyond agreeing the use of his name and depositing a large cheque in the Banque du France. If Loeb has his way, I'm sure the C4 by Loeb would be a full-bore Evo-muncher, with 300hp, 4WD and a sequential 7-speed transmission, just like the three-time, WRC-winning Citroen Xsara that this car commemorates. Instead, the marketing department did the development work and so all we get are some white wheels, a spoiler and some natty 'by Loeb' badges. The rest of the stickers you see in the pics were attached by the good folk at Citroen Ireland to help promote Rally Ireland, the possible location for Loeb's fourth WRC victory  and the first for the new WRC C4 (although he tends to wrap things up earlier on account of his unflappable coolness).

The other point is, of course, that had Citroen actually built a fire-breathing supercar it could have 60 grand whereas this 1.6-litre C4 Coupe is priced rather attractively at €24,000 and includes a whole heap of toy including cruise control, climate control, a leather steering wheel, automatic wipers and lights, white 17-inch VTS-style alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and sports half-leather seats. It's also likely to be relatively insurable given that it's only got 110hp and needs a relaxed 10.3 seconds to reach 100km/h and without any other sporting modifications (no sports suspension, no fruity exhaust) it's rather civilised, too. Indeed, ignore the by Loeb stickers and the slightly shouty paint scheme and what you have here is an extremely good value, well-appointed and utterly pleasant three-door hatchback. It handles reasonably well (although a little less steering kickback would be nice), rides maturely, cruises quietly and is utterly practical, too.

Who knows, maybe the C4 was Loeb's idea after all? I know that away from the race car most competitive drivers like to do very dreary things grow corn and knit. Perhaps a calm, comfy, climate controlled ride home is all Loeb really craves after a hard day at the office.

Engine: 1.6-litre 4-cylinde, 110 hp, 147 Nm
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Acceleration: 0–100 km/h: 10.6 seconds
Top speed: 194 km/h
Economy: 7.1 L/100 km
CO2: 169 g/km
Boot Capacity: 320 litres
Weight: 1200 kg
Base Price: €23,995
Price as tested: €23,995
Verdict: Stickers aside, it's a thoroughly likeable package and great value, too. It's a tame way to commemorate three consecutive WRC wins but we like it.
4 Stars

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Key Facts

New Price
€ 22,500
Make

Citroen

Model
C4
Variant
1.6 HDi 110hp Style Plus with EGS
First Launched
2005
Transmission
Manual
Engine & Transmission
5 speed manual
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
Hatchback

Running Costs

Tax
514
Tax Band
A4
Average L/100km
3.76
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1596
CO2 emmissions (g/km)
120

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Engine (L)
1560
Break Horsepower
110
Top Speed
192
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
11.2
Cylinders
4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Aspiration
Turbocharging
Torque
260

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
1034
Kerb weight
1293
Tyre Size Front
1293
Wheel Base
2608

Safety

Euro NCAP Star Rating
5

Citroen C4 ( 2005)

74/100
our score
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Pros
  • Styling & Design

    Wonderful design

  • Engine Specifications

    Fine base engines

  • Performance

    Fine entry models

  • Ride & Handling

    Superbly comfy

  • Interior & Ergonomics

    Great ideas

  • Space & Practicality

    Roomy

  • Safety

    5 NCAP Stars

  • Value & Running Costs

    Cracking offers

  • Quality & Refinement

    Quiet & well made

  • Equipment

    Just about loaded

  • Summary

    Well equipped, great offers, fine engines.

Cons
  • Styling & Design

    A bit wilder please

  • Engine Specifications

    Disappointing VTS

  • Performance

    Slow VTS

  • Ride & Handling

    Not a Focus

  • Interior & Ergonomics

    Poor execution

  • Space & Practicality

    Fixed rear seats

  • Safety

    ESP only on VTS

  • Value & Running Costs

    Resale value?

  • Quality & Refinement

    Some plastics

  • Equipment

    A/C for all?

  • Summary

    Questionable ergonomics, so-so handling, resale value.

Style & Design
9/10

Arguably the best-looking car in the small family class, the C4 manages to look futuristic and cool, without being all radical just for the sake of it. Both the coupe (AKA the three-door) and five-door hatchback have their own distinctive look and both work wonderfully well. Nicely done, Citroen.

Performance
7/10

The 1.4 can reach 100km/h in a decent 12.8 secs and top 182km/h, while the 1.6-litre hits 100km/h in just 10.6 secs and 194km/h all out. The 92bhp 1.6 HDi can reach 100km/h in 12.5 secs, while the 110bhp model cuts that time to 11.2. The VTS’s 8.3 sec time is slower than rivals’ sub 7-sec pace.

Ride & Handling
6/10

The C4 rides superbly and is a very competent cruiser, and it’s not a bad handler either. It’s not as much fun as a Focus, say, but it steers accurately and grips well, even if the gearchange is a bit sloppy and the steering too light.

Interior & Ergonomics
5/10

The C4’s radical layout seems great but is actually quite annoying. The fixed steering wheel boss forces you to move your hands around the wheel to reach the buttons, and the separate locations of the rev-counter and speedometer is also annoying. The driving position is also poor for tall drivers.

Quality & Refinement
7/10

The C4 is an extremely comfortable car, mainly thanks to its grown-up ride quality and noise isolation. Build quality is better than the likes of the C3 but still not quite up to Golf or Focus levels. Mechanically, it feels strong so it’s just the feel of certain plastics that lets it down.

Safety
8/10

The C4 is supremely safe with front, side and curtain airbags, cruise control, a speed limiter, ISOFIX child seat mounts, 3-point seatbelts and headrests in the back, and seatbelt reminders for all seats as standard. Only the VTS gets tyre pressure sensors and ESP with traction control, though.

Space & Practicality
8/10

There’s a surprising amount of space in the C4’s tall shape, making it easy to accommodate four adults as well as all their luggage. There are lots of useful places to stuff odds and ends, too, so while the seats don’t do anything clever it’s still versatile enough for any small family.

Value & Running Costs
7/10

Depending on when you buy, the C4 can be tremendous value. Citroen often has great offers, which make the C4 an even better choice. Otherwise, it’s about average money, though you do get a lot of kit. Resale values will get knocked about by those offers, though, so buy when a promotion is running.

Equipment
9/10

All get cruise, CD, remote locks, e/windows & mirrors, trip computer. VSX & Design get AC, alloys, fog lamps, leather wheel. Design has sport seats. VSX has auto lights & wipers, f/armrests. VTR has all that plus 2-zone climate, 17" alloys & bodykit. VTS adds Xenons, spoiler, alarm, park sensors.

Engine Specifications
8/10

The 90bhp 1.4-litre copes well in the C4 but the torquey 1.6 HDi (92bhp and 110bhp) is better. The 110bhp 1.6-litre is another fine unit (also available with an auto) but the 180bhp 2.0 litre is underpowered by hot hatch standards. No mid-line petrols or high-power diesels are offered, either.


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