The Citroen e-C4 lineup has been revised for 2022 in the UK with two new affordable variants — Sense and Shine Edition. The revision comes after customers demanded more accessible variants of the brand’s pure electric car. The updated trims now include Sense, Shine Edition and the range-topping Shine Plus models, with the Sense Plus trim no longer being offered. Citroen says that over 20 per cent of the orders of the new C4 family were for the EV.
1. More affordable than before
With the updates, the 2022 range also offers a slight price reduction. Earlier, the e-C4 range started at GBP 30,895. However, the OTR price of the new Sense trim starts at GBP 29,995, but it gets a further price cut after the OZEV Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) is applied, taking its OTR price down to GBP 28,495. The Shine Edition meanwhile starts at GBP 30,495 after the PiCG is applied. The range-topping Shine Plus does not benefit from this grant.
|e-C4 Trim||‘On the Road’ MRRP (before PiCG)||Plug-in car Grand (from OZEV)||‘On the Road’ MRRP (after PiCG)|
2. New variants offering more value
The new trims of the 2022 Citroen e-C4 offer many premium features at an affordable price tag. For example, the entry-level Sense trim provides standard equipment like LED headlamps, 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assist, active safety brake, and a 10-inch touchscreen.
In addition to the features from the Sense variant, the Shine Edition gets adaptive cruise control, head-up display, blind-spot detection and more. It also benefits from Citroen Connect Nav with a 3-year free subscription to real-time traffic updates. What’s more, you also get front and rear parking sensors, a reverse camera and a heated steering wheel to help owners cope with European winters.
3. Efficiency gets a boost
In October 2021, Citroen introduced the e-C4 with revisions to its internals. Upgrades were made to the heat pump and the transmission. The brand quoted an improvement in driving efficiency and an 18-mile enhanced real-world range in different driving conditions. The WLTP certified range, however, remains the same as before, and this applies to the 2022 model.
The Citroen e-C4 is powered by a 136 hp/100 kW & 260 Nm electric motor that draws juice from a 50 kWh battery. The electric car has a driving range of 217 miles/350 km (in WLTP cycle) and is claimed to be capable of sprinting from 0-62 mph in 9.7 seconds. With the transmission and heat pump upgrades, the e-C4 is expected to drain the battery more efficiently, with the weather and terrain having a reduced impact on range.
In January 2021, the Norwegian Automobile Association (Norges Automobil-Forbund or NAF) conducted a range test of a series of electric cars in summer and winter conditions to see how far they can drive in a single charge. Among the vehicles tested was the e-C4. NAF was able to eke out 345 km in the summer test (5 km lower than the WLTP rating). However, during the winter test, the e-C4 travelled only 261 km, a drop of over 25 per cent over the WLTP range.
The e-C4 comes with an 11 kW charger that can charge the battery in roughly 5 hours through a 32-amp home wall-box. There’s even a 100 kW fast charger that can offer 80% charge in 30 minutes on a DC fast charger.
4. Shine Plus set to continue as the best-seller
Shine Plus variant owners enjoy a set of truly premium equipment that includes wireless smartphone charging, HiFi speakers with a subwoofer, heated front seats and a sporty ‘Hype Black’ with ‘Black Siena’ leather and premium stitching.
Despite the significantly higher price, the Shine Plus remains the best-selling Citroen e-C4 variant accounting for 70% of total e-C4 sales in the UK as of September 2021. The e-C4 itself accounted for 20.5% of total C4 sales last year. With the new and more affordable variants introduced for 2022, expect the e-C4 to grab a larger share of this pie.
2022 Citroen e-C4 FAQs
What is the release date of the 2022 Citroen e-C4?
The Citroen e-C4 went on sale in the UK in October 2020. The lineup was revised on January 11, 2022.
Which are the core competitors of the Citroen e-C4?
The e-C4 locks horns with the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Nissan Leaf and VW ID.3.
What is the 2022 Citroen e-C4 price?
The Citroen e-C4 is priced from £28,495 after the UK’s £3,000 plug-in vehicle grant is applied.
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