Citroen C4: Cost option opinions

  • We review the added kit on our Citroen C4
  • What items do we wish we had instead?
  • The costly options that merely disappoint

Buying a new car can be a difficult and drawn-out event.

First you have to decide which make and model of car you want to buy. Then you have to decide which engine you want, followed by which trim level you want.

This isn’t the end of it though. Once this has all been decided, you have to pick from the optional extras list.

Now this is where things start to get really complicated. There’s additional kit for safety, extra equipment to make your time in the car more comfortable, and things that make the car easier to live with and more practical.

Once you start ticking the boxes, you need to think about how much extra all this will cost. Adding too much can quickly push the price of the car beyond your budget. For instance, my previous Audi A1 long-term test car came with more than £4,000 worth of extras. This pushed the prices up from £20,710 to a rather hefty £25,385.

Our Citroen C4 arrived with around 11,000 miles on the clock, so the options weren’t really our choice. However, they added just under £3,000 to the cost of the car when it was new.

The most expensive of these is the combined sat-nav system and Denon stereo system. This option would have cost £1,190, about what you'd usually expect to pay for these additions in a new car.

The sat-nav, a welcome addition in any car, is clear to read and the directions are easy to follow. Unfortunately, programming in the address is frustrating and it has taken me to the wrong location on a couple of occasions.

Being a bit of a music fan, having an upgraded stereo system is always a bit of a bonus for me. The Denon system in the Citroen is adequate, but not the best piece of audio kit around. It also comes with an added sub, which is in the boot and starts to intrude in to the luggage space a little.

While the kit to make life in the car more comfortable hasn’t exactly convinced me, the additional safety-related Vision Pack has proven worthwhile. I’ve already mentioned how the blind spot detection system had been surprisingly useful, along with all the other safety features that comes with it.

The Xenon lights, which come fitted with the Vision Pack, are an added bonus. While I’m sure they do give improved vision over the standard headlights, I’m not sure I would really notice if the car didn’t have them.

One of the extras available on the Exclusive model that isn’t fitted to our car is the panoramic sunroof. It’s an added luxury I’ve had previously on the Skoda Yeti and, while it may seem like an unnecessary expense to some, I think it’s a nice touch that does add to the feel of the car

Citroen’s version of the sunroof isn’t as pricey as the one from Skoda. At £570 I reckon it’s a reasonable price to pay for something that makes the cabin lighter and can improve the level of comfort in your car. In fact, I would be inclined to ditch the optional red pearlescent paint – which costs £500 – for a standard no cost colour and go for the sunroof instead.

So, while the make and model of your car, or the engine you choose, may seem like the most important factor when buying a new car, the options also need to be key considerations. They can improve your time in the car, and even help when you need to sell it on. Pick wisely.

Current mileage: 15,167

Average mpg: 42.9

The rather large subwoofer eats in to the bootspace somewhat.

 

This is one of the things I wish our Citroen had - a panoramic sunroof.