Citroen e-C4 X Review 2024

Citroen e-C4 X At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Citroen e-C4 X combines a saloon body and crossover styling with electric power. It’s an unusual car, then, but one with plenty to offer value-conscious buyers who need space and want comfort.

+Good-value pricing. A comfort-focused driving experience. Generous passenger space. Stands out from the crowd.

-Saloon-style boot is less practical than a hatchback. Uninvolving to drive. A car that needs quite a lot of explanation.

You may struggle to make sense of what kind of car the Citroen e-C4 X is, so let’s try to make it as simple as possible. This is the saloon version of the crossover-style Citroen C4 hatchback, and is powered by electricity. Now let’s go into a bit more detail…

The C4 is Citroen’s contender in the midsize hatchback class – a rival to cars such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. It’s quite an unconventional one, though, with the rugged styling and lofty ride height of a crossover, combined with a coupe-style sloping roofline.

The Citroen C4 X is the longer saloon version of the C4 hatchback. ‘Hatchaloons’, as they’re sometimes jokingly called, used to be quite common in the UK but there are now just three available – including this one. However, they remain very popular elsewhere in the world, so it was worth Citroen’s while to spin off a saloon from the C4. Time will tell whether or not there’s much interest in the UK.

Petrol and diesel engines are available for the C4 X in certain markets. In Britain, though, it’s only available with electric power – hence the e-C4 X name. Now that’s cleared up (phew!), what is the Citroen e-C4 X actually like?

Well, it comes with a 50kWh battery that powers a 136PS electric motor. That provides a range of around 220 miles, which is at the lower end of the spectrum compared to other midsize electric cars. According to Citroen, the relatively small size of the battery keeps cost and weight down, and the range will cover most people’s needs.

Performance is merely adequate versus similar electric cars as well. Still, it’s no slower than an equivalent diesel car, and the Citroen e-C4 X encourages you to take a more relaxed approach to driving.

It’s just so comfortable. You sink into squidgy yet supportive seats, and the suspension makes completely broken-up roads feel nice and smooth. It’s a lovely car to travel in, with a quiet interior, user-friendly dashboard and decent quality.

The emphasis on comfort means the Citroen e-C4 X doesn’t feel especially nimble or involving to drive. But that’s fine with us, because not everyone in the market for a midsize car wants one that feels firm and sporty (as so many of them do).

There’s more than enough interior space for most families. Indeed, four six-foot adults can fit in the Citroen e-C4 X reasonably comfortably. Rear-seat headroom could be better, thanks to the sloping roofline, but that’s the only real complaint.

The boot is massive, at 510 litres, so the Citroen e-C4 X looks more practical than the average midsize hatchback on paper. However, saloons aren’t quite as useful, because their boot opening is relatively small, which limits the size of objects you can load inside. You do get some clever interior storage, at least, including a drawer that extends from the passenger-side dashboard. Every car should have one.

There are three trim levels to choose from: Sense, Shine and Shine Plus. Prices range from £32,000 to £35,500, which is right in the middle of the spectrum for midsize electric cars. All three versions come well-equipped, so we reckon the e-C4 X represents rather good value for money – especially if you get one of the discounts that are available on pre-registered cars.

It may be a difficult car to explain, but the Citroen e-C4 X has a lot going for it, particularly in terms of space, value and comfort. Its relatively short range does demand some compromises, but it’s rarely likely to be an issue if you can charge at home.

If nothing else, the Citroen e-C4 X is a car that’s different from the norm and really stands out from the crowd, and we like it for that.

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