Citroen: 2015 C4 Cactus review

September 21st, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

How do you differentiate yourself in a crowded market? Citroen has decided to attach two oversized pill packets to the flanks of the Cactus and market them as a defence mechanism like a real cactus would have spikes. They’ll protect your paintwork against errant shopping trolleys and inconsiderate door-openers. Continue reading “Citroen: 2015 C4 Cactus review” »

Citroen: 2015 C4 Puretech hatch

July 16th, 2015 by Robert Barry

For the 2015 model year Citroen importer Sime Darby Automobiles has taken the unique step of rationalising the C4 range to a model choice of one at a retail price of $34,990 plus on road costs. Continue reading “Citroen: 2015 C4 Puretech hatch” »

Citroen: 2014 C4 Picasso review

January 9th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

Named after a man who took pushed the boundaries of design, the C4 Picasso follows suit with some bold exterior styling and some features drawn in the wrong place on the inside. Let’s deal with the exterior first: the LED-adorned face is as instantly recognisable and striking as any I’ve seen. There’s no doubting you’re in a Citroen. The double-stack of headlights doesn’t quite work for me from some angles – there’s a mismatch in the lines – but it is bold enough to match the deeply contoured body sides, chrome window inserts and angular 17-inch alloys, and the overall effect is one that grows on you. Continue reading “Citroen: 2014 C4 Picasso review” »

Citroen: 2014 C4 Grand Picasso HDi Intensive review

May 30th, 2014 by Richard Edwards

DSC_0020While driving up the ‘fun’ section of State Highway 29 in Citroen’s new C4 Grand Picasso, it was reinforced to me that kiwi buyers should be considering options other than a Sports Utility Vehicle for their family carrying needs. Continue reading “Citroen: 2014 C4 Grand Picasso HDi Intensive review” »

Citroen C4: the transformer

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

The new Citroen C4 – alive with technology

Refreshed Citroen C4 on sale in NZ

July 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

2009 Citroen C4

The car that uses a dancing robot to illustrate just how alive it is with technology, the Citroen C4, has been given some new technology and a fresh face.

“From its front end designed to protect pedestrians, to its fixed hub steering wheel that enables a larger more effective air bag for the driver and its robotised EGS gearbox, the Citroën C4 debuted a host of intelligent technology that has lifted safety, boosted comfort and cut emissions,” says Lawrie Malatios, General Manager for Citroën in New Zealand. “The new C4 adds to this list new, more effective petrol engines and a host of under-the-skin refinements that enable the Citroën C4 to maintain its position as a class benchmark.”

Behind its new grille are two new petrol engines developed in conjunction with BMW that lift performance and drop fuel consumption and emission levels, while subtle changes to trim, equipment and colours freshen up the Citroen C4.

Changes to the exterior focus on restyling the vehicle’s front end, bringing the C4 in line with the new looks of the recently launched C5. Its new bonnet features a more rounded, curvier design restyled the front bumper has also been revamped and the number plate repositioned.

In the cabin the rev counter has been relocated to the innovative translucent central display unit. As with the C4 Picasso, a plush grain is now featured on the dashboard and doors.

Citroën’s latest generation navigation system, NaviDrive, has also been introduced as an option, which features a hi-resolution 7-inch colour screen with New Zealand-wide satellite navigation, as well as an audio system with built-in 30GB hard drive. The system also offers a video auxiliary socket and a USB connection.

The C4 is now available with two new petrol engines — the 1.6 16v VTi 88 kW and the 1.6 16v THP 103 kW. Both units offer strong fuel economy, with significantly lower consumption and CO2 emissions.

The new Citroen C4 opens with the C4 VTi automatic at a recommended retail price of $34,990, while the same trim and equipment level with the 1.6 HDi diesel engine and the EGS six speed robotized manual is $39,990. With the Exclusive trim and equipment package, the Turbo 1.6 litre 103 kW petrol engine variant is $39,990 with an automatic gearbox as standard, while the 2.0 litre HDi Turbo Diesel and six speed automatic C4 Exclusive is priced at an RRP of $44,990.

Click here to read a road test of the 2008 Citroen C4 Picasso

New Citroen C4 for New Zealand

July 9th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham


As world sales of the Citroen C4 approach 900,000, the first details of the new C4 have been released ahead of its world debut at October’s Paris International Motor Show and its New Zealand arrival in the middle of 2009.

Updated styling and the introduction of two new petrol engines, co-developed with BMW, will make the model even more alive with technology than before.

On the outside the C4 features a restyled front end, echoing the looks of the new C5. Offering a more prestigious look with added chrome touches, a new curvier bonnet and restyled grille the C4’s image is stronger and more dynamic. New alloy wheels and four new body colours set off the refreshed look.

Boosting the feeling of quality inside the cabin, the restyled C4 also benefits from an enhanced interior with new velour or leather upholstery together with special paint finishes and new premium grained trim on the dashboard and door panels. The rev-counter has been repositioned to the central translucent dashboard display so that all driving information is in one place.

The upgraded C4 has also been given a number of technology upgrades. In Europe the new C4 will be available with Citroën’s latest navigation system, MyWay, which features a hi-resolution 7-inch colour screen, Bluetooth® and USB connectivity as well as an audio system with built in 10 gigabyte hard drive. Drivers can still benefit from the innovative equipment that has made the C4 such a success, like Xenon dual-function directional headlamps, fixed hub steering wheel, speed limiter with cruise control and hill start assist.

Citroën are also installing two new 1.6 litre petrol engines which have been co-developed with the BMW group — the VTi 88 kW (Variable valve lift and Timing Injection) and THP 110 kW (Turbo High Pressure). These new units will be replacing the 1.6i 16V and 2.0i 16V respectively and offer improved fuel economy and lower emissions, whilst new low-rolling-resistance Michelin Energy Saver® tyres also improve efficiency

Specifications and prices for the new Citroen C4 will be announced when it is launched in New Zealand in mid-2009.

Citroen wins awards for security

June 20th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

Citroën has picked up more awards than any other manufacturer at this year’s British Insurance Car Security Awards at Thatcham’s Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, the world’s leading test centre for security, theft-proofing and insurance research.

Citroen won the vehicle security awards for no less than four different models, demonstrating Citroën’s commitment to security across its range.

Citroën’s C6 picked up the top spot in the Executive class for the second year in a row, as did the C4 Picasso, clinching the Compact MPV accolade. The popular C4 and the soon to be launched in New Zealand Citroën C5 dominated the family vehicle categories, taking both the Small Family and Family titles respectively.

Citroën’s success at this year’s event means the Company has now received an unprecedented fourteen security accolades since the British Insurance Car Security Awards were launched just five years ago.

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