Citroen C4 X Shine: An Affordable Choice for Families
The Citroen C4 X has received positive feedback for its load-lugging ability, spacious interior, and comfortable seats. It has proven to be a great value for families with a busy lifestyle. As the custodian of a new Citroen C4 X, the car seemed like the perfect fit for a family with sporty kids and a lively Labrador. The writer has a personal connection to Citroen, as their first experience with the brand was their dad's Citroen XM back in 1990. The comfortable seats and attractive exterior left a lasting impression. Although the writer's dad now drives a Volvo, he still keeps a Citroen Berlingo in the garage. The writer has always been interested in the XM's replacement, the C6, for its stylish design and premium features.
The Citroen C4 X, although not as remarkable in appearance as its predecessors, still showcases the brand's reputation for unconventional styling. Based on the C4 hatchback, the C4 X transforms into a smart saloon with SUV undertones. The standard equipment is generous, including a 10-inch touchscreen with integrated sat-nav, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a head-up display, and dual-zone air-conditioning. However, it lacks heating for the seats and steering wheel, which would have been welcomed during winter. Additionally, a sunroof or panoramic glass panel would have brightened the cabin. Nevertheless, considering the reasonable price and decent build quality, these minor shortcomings can be overlooked.
The Comfort seats in the C4 X are a highlight and live up to their billing. Combined with the soft damper set-up, they provide a comfortable and relaxing driving experience. Despite a few minor issues like a faulty boot catch and mildly irritating stop-start system, the C4 X proves to be a capable family car. The writer shares the sentiment of Auto Express creative director, Darren Wilson, who previously ran a Citroen C5 X and described it as the kind of model that makes you want to book a driving holiday. The writer feels the same way about the C4 X's smaller sibling.
The Citroen C4 X 130 S&S Shine model, priced at £26,320, features a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 128bhp. It emits 129g/km of CO2 and incurs a tax of £180. Some options available include Cumulus Grey metallic paint (£545) and the Safety Pack Plus without Adaptive Cruise Control (£135). The insurance group for this model is 20E, and the writer received a quote of £889 from AA for a 42-year-old driver in Banbury, Oxon, with three points on their license. The car has covered a mileage of 313 miles and achieves an economy of 39.7mpg.
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