Will midsize sedans have a future that have to contend with fierce competition from SUVs-crossovers? At Citroën (Stellantis group) they are ready to accept the challenge with the new C4 and the simple secret that it carries with it: to slightly raise the body from the ground while combining a vaguely sporty line almost like a coupé.
In short, a crossover sedan ready to offer the best of a double solution, especially if it is combined with the electric powertrain that the C4, baptized ë-C4, offers as an alternative to the classic petrol or diesel thermal engines. To which is added a super-accurate absorption thanks to the progressive hydraulic dampers of the shock absorbers, which are inspired by the iconic hydropneumatic suspension of the French brand and the soft but not yielding seats that support the body well without tiring too much on long journeys.
The heart of the e-C4 is the 136 hp electric motor, powered by a 50 kWh battery pack that is credited with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 9.7 seconds for a total of 350 km of autonomy in the Wltp cycle. It is interesting to note that the dimensions of neither the passenger compartment nor the boot do not change between electric and thermal. The platform is the Cmp Multienergy, used by the PSA group (now Stellantis) for numerous models available in both thermal and electric versions such as the peugeot 2008 and 2008, Opel Corsa and Mokka and D3S3 Crossback.
Furthermore, traveling with zero emissions is always pleasant, especially if accompanied by a well-made passenger compartment like that of the ë-C4, free from background noise or annoying creaks.
According to the needs, then, there are three different driving modes: Normal, Eco e Sport which can be set using a button next to the gear selector. To which is added a vigorous engine brake useful for energy recovery even when running. The digital instrumentation offers a small rev counter within reach of the driver with the main information that is however clearly visible.