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by Matt Campbell

The updated, simplified 2015 Citroen C4 range has arrived in Australia ahead of hitting showrooms this month, and it’s being targeted at the upper end of the hatchback market.

As we’ve previously reported, the 2015 Citroen C4 model line-up consists of just two variants – the entry-level Seduction, which is priced at $29,990 plus on-road costs, and the high-spec Exclusive, which is $33,990 plus on-road costs.

According to the brand, the Seduction model – which was priced at $24,990 previously – has new equipment to the tune of $5500 of value. Exclusive models are said to boast an additional $5000 in features for a $1500 increase in price.

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Both versions are powered by the same new turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine familiar from the Peugeot 308, which marks a push from Peugeot-Citroen to make three-pot engines more mainstream in the model ranges of both brands.

It produces 96kW at 5500rpm and 230Nm from 1750-3000rpm, up substantially from the 88kW/160Nm naturally aspirated 1.6-litre previously found in the C4.

The old four-speed automatic makes way for a new six-speed unit, which Citroen claims changes gears 40 per cent faster, functions more smoothly and helps to reduce fuel consumption by 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres over the previous model (new claim: 4.9L/100km for the Seduction, 5.1L/100km for the Exclusive).

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Acceleration from 0-100km/h is listed at a leisurely 11.4 seconds, which is claimed to be 1.1sec faster than the old 1.6-litre four-speed model.

Citroen is aiming to get buyers in the door with a new six-year servicing program, which covers that period of time or up to 90,000km, whichever comes first (intervals are 12 months or 15,000km). There’s a free-servicing promotion that runs until 30 September, 2015. Citroen also runs a six-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.

Options available for the new C4 range include metallic paint at $800 and pearlescent paint at $1000. Exclusive models can also be specified with optional full leather, including front seats with heating and massage functions, for an extra $2500.

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2016 Citroen C4 pricing, plus on-road costs:
Seduction – $29,990
Exclusive – $33,990

2016 Citroen C4 standard equipment:
Seduction:
C&T Rayados Mistral (black cloth interior trim)
Six-speed automatic transmission
7.0-inch touchscreen media system
Satellite navigation
Eight gigabyte music storage
Halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights
3D-look rear tail-lights
Rear parking sensors
16-inch ‘Boston’ alloys wheels with full size spare
Dual-zone air conditioning
Automatic headlights
Automatic wipers
Electrically folding door mirrors
12V socket in the boot and centre console
Connecting box (Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary jack)
MP3 CD radio with six speakers
Electrochromatic (auto-dimming) rear view mirror
Centre armrest with storage
Front seats with manual lumbar adjustment
Leather steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons
Blackout panel function
Cruise control with speed limiter and memory
60/40 split folding rear seats
Front fog lights with static cornering function
Cap-less refuelling
Chrome side window sills
Tinted rear and tailgate windows
Rear window child lock

Exclusive (adds over Seduction):
Cielo panoramic glass roof
Blind-spot monitoring
Electric parking brake
Half-leather trim
Keyless entry and push-button start
17-inch ‘Miami’ alloys wheels with space saver spare
Reverse-view camera
Front parking sensors
Chrome under fog lights and around front grille
Driver’s massage seat




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