You may well remember the first generation Citroen C4 more for its exploits as an all-conquering World Rally Car or for its dancing robot advertisement than for the actual vehicle that these activities were designed to promote. Back in 2004, Citroen promised to bring us a car that was 'Alive With Technology' and I think it's fair to say that, at the time, the thought of a French car stuffed with complicated electronics may well have deterred more people than it attracted. Those who did take the plunge were rewarded with a thoroughly decent family hatch and much of the technology the C4 pioneered was genuinely useful, clever stuff.
Unfortunately, Citroen perhaps felt that they'd had their fingers burnt trying to introduce too much, too soon, and the car we look at here was introduced at the start of 2011 with much less fanfare. In fact, many didn't even realise the C4 had been replaced at all. There were no dancing robots or technical features like the fixed hub steering wheel. It was all a little conservative in fact, but it was clear that the French company had upped its game when it came to two areas where it was lagging behind; interior quality and efficiency.
After launch, the C4 didn't exactly set the UK sales charts on fire. In fact, it was other C4 variants that grabbed the column inches. The C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso both notched up some decent sales figures and aesthetes loved the later-launched and boldly-styled C4 Cactus crossover model. As for the ordinary standard C4 hatchback, well that ran on, rather neglected until its facelift in 2015. Just about the only point of interest was the launch of the Selection trim level in 2012.