New Citroen C4 prices revealed

Citroen’s new Ford Focus rival can be pre-ordered from 22 November and the first deliveries will arrive on 11 January 2011.

Featuring a smooth, but understated design that takes cues from both the new C3 and C5 released this year, the C4 has been updated with more equipment and more efficient engines for 2011.

These engine include four diesel units offering 90 to 150hp and three petrol engines in the shape of 95, 120 and 155hp versions.

One of the diesel engines, the 1.6 e-HDi, is the cleanest and most efficient in the range with CO2 emissions of just 109g/km and fuel consumption 67.3mpg thanks to a small electric booster to start the engine more efficiently.

Citroen will offer three levels of trim with the C4; VTR, VTR+ and range-topping exclusive. However, the entry-level 1.4-litre petrol VTR will not be available until March. This version will cost £1,000 less than the only VTR diesel option, the 1.6HDi 90hp unit at £16,995.

The new C4 is larger than its predecessor for extra interior comfort, and the larger size means it offers more boot space than key rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra.

All models come with ESP, Hill Start Assist and cruise control, whole air conditioning, electric windows and a six-speaker surround sound system boost comfort inside the cabin.

The VTR+ specification adds a few cosmetic tweaks such as alloy wheels and leather interior, as well as Bluetooth connectivity, front fog lights and rear parking sensors.

The Exclusive trim, starting from £20,395, adds larger alloys, front parking sensors, an emergency system with built in SIM card to call for help in the event of an accident and automatically illuminating headlamps.

The Citroen C4 will also spawn a more upmarket DS4 hatchback following the success of a similar DS Line model for the C3 – the DS3.