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Good: Refined and 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 belt cam apart from petrol ST). Plagued with clutch problems and demoted to 4 stars for that reason.
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: 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. Excellent 1.6 i-DTEC diesel averages a claimed 78.5mpg. 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. 1.8 and 2.0 TSI engines can become oil burners.
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.
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: Motor Show concept car looks, especially around rear haunches. Stable and enjoyable handling. Good level of standard equipment.
Bad: Visibility poor, especially to rear. Interior not dramatically different from the hatchback.