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Good: Refined, upmarket feel to the cabin. Comfortable and quiet on the move. More efficient petrol and diesel engines. Better ride quality. Excellent £750 Driver Assist Pack, good standard equipment.
Bad: About 50 litres less bootspace than previous model. Engines all still belt cam.
Good: Comfortable and quiet on the move, enjoyable to drive, great attention to detail. 1.4 TSI much nicer to drive than a diesel.
Bad: Styling not a huge leap forward from the previous Golf, DSG transmission occasionally obstructive and can leave you stranded mid junction. Huge problems with chain cam 1.4 TSI mainly the Twincharger versions.
Good: Good ride comfort. High quality feel. Huge loadspace and versatile rear seats. 2.2 i-DTEC diesel emits just 110g/km. All engines chain cam.
Bad: Not as much a drivers car as previous Civic.
Good: Well thought of by owners. Huge boot. Spacious and comfortable cabin. Reasonable to drive. Efficient Greenline TDI models.
Bad: Drab interior. Early TDI PD engines noisy. Plastic timing belt pulleys can fail early on 1.6-litre engines. Suffers from ABS/ESP problem. Air con problems common.
Good: Characterful looks. Interior feels good quality. Impressive MultiAir engines are very efficient. Rides well. Strong JTDm diesels. Q2 electronic differential is very effective.
Bad: Not much rear legroom. Interior uses Fiat parts. 1750 TBi Cloverleaf a bit disappointing and thirsty.
Good: Neat looks. Optional leather makes interior 'classy'. Improved quality compared to previous Citroen models. Decent 2.0 HDi diesel. Lots of scope for personalisation.
Bad: Not as good as the smaller DS3. Kickback through the steering on bumpy roads. Rear windows do not wind down. Points of rear doors can stab you in the face. 18" and 19" wheels best avoided.
Good: Good combination of ride quality, steering and safe handling. Strong yet economical 1.4 turbo engine. Frugal CDTi diesels. Neatly styled interior.
Bad: Lesser 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines less impressive.
Good: Huge improvement in quality on previous C4. Comfortable and quiet on the move. Large and useful boot. Good HDi diesel engines. Neat styling.
Bad: Array of warning chimes can be annoying. Relatively crude suspension not in the same class as the Focus or Golf. EGS 'automatic' takes getting used to.
Good: Great to drive and superbly built. Wide choice of models, improved from 2007 with Efficient Dynamics. 118d is super economical.
Bad: Not much room in the back. Firm ride on Sport and M Sport models. 116i petrol is fairly lacklustre. Coil and injector problems on later 4-cylinder petrol engines. Timing chain failures on N47 diesel engines becoming very common.
Good: Attractive and distinctive styling. Stable and enjoyable handling. Good level of standard equipment.
Bad: Visibility is poor. Interior isn't as dramatically different from the hatchback as the exterior.