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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

While the exterior styling may not be as fresh as it once was the interior is certainly still distinctive. The minimal layout and smooth dashboard look good – as does the high mounted LCD instrument display which gives details of speed, engine temperature, trip details and the fuel levels. The innovative fixed hub steering wheel made its debut in the C4 and it's certainly unique - the centre 'hub' is fixed to the dash and does not move, instead just the outer rim rotates around it.

The wheel is also multifunctional - and contains controls for radio, trips and cruise control, however the button layout isn't very clear. Unfortunately these features can’t hide the fact that quality is poor. There are numerous different plastics used, none of which are particularly good, while the switches feels cheap. Facelifted cars from 2008 get a plush grain finish on the dashboard while the rev counter is moved to the translucent central display unit.

This is probably the C4's main strength. The broad seats are comfortable and visibility is excellent thanks to the thin windscreen pillars and a large glass area. Unfortunately rear passengers don’t get a particularly good deal - legroom is okay but the sloping roof means that headroom is limited and the middle seat is only suitable for a child as the transmission tunnel eats up legroom.

The ride is excellent though, while wind and road noise are well suppressed.