New Citroen C4 goes on sale in UK

Citroen has completely redesigned the C4 for 2011, including a new, gadget-heavy interior and bigger dimensions than the outgoing model.

However, Citroen has opted to keep the equipment options simple with three trim levels; VTR, VTR+ and Exclusive.

Entry-level VTR models start from £15,595 and come with ESP, Hill Start Assist and six airbags as standard. All models come with electric front windows, air conditioning a six-speaker sound system and cruise control.

The middle-range trim, VTR+ adds rear parking sensors, front fog lights, alloy wheels and a leather steering wheel to the specification and starts from £16,895.

At the top of the range, Exclusive models start from £19,095 and add 17" alloy wheels, digital air conditioning, front parking sensors, automatic headlamps and part-leather upholstery.

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The choice of engines consists of four diesel and three petrol engines, the latter developed with German car maker BMW.

The engines come with a choice of five or six speed manual gearbox or a six-speed EGS transmission.

Citroen’s e-HDI diesel engine is available on the VTR+ specification model and brings CO2 emissions down to 109g/km. Fuel economy is 67.3mpg, earning the model Citroen’s low-CO2 ‘Airdream+’ badge.

The engine is also available on Exclusive models, but CO2 emissions are slightly higher at 114g/km. The Airdream+ models cost £19,095 and £21,095 for the VTR+ and Exclusive models respectively.

The Citroen C4 is available to buy now, and will compete with the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra in the competitive family hatchback market.

A more upmarket version, with extra equipment and more customisable options, will be sold later in the year in the shape of the DS4, the second in the revived DS Line of cars after the successful launch of the DS3 supermini in 2010.