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New Golf a bit too much same-old, same-old? Citroën would seem to agree, its new C4 and ë-C4 mid-size hatchbacks injecting a flash of Gallic style and SUV attitude into an otherwise conservative market sector.

Available with petrol, diesel or pure-electric powertrains (the latter badged ë-C4), the new C4 range has the fuel type to suit your needs, wrapped in a stylish package combining hatchback practicality with big-wheeled SUV stance and ride height. Plastic cladding and Citroën’s ‘Air Bump’ trim will meanwhile shrug off the everyday scuffs and scrapes of urban driving while on the inside there’s tech integration up to and including a dedicated tablet holder for the front seat passenger.

The C4 is another sign Citroën has regained its provocative sense of style, its tradition for soft, wallowy ride comfort also getting a modern reboot. Tech includes fluid-filled ‘cushions’ to soften the extremes of movement in the suspension. Rally cars use similar technology to smooth out bumpy forest tracks – in the C4 it will mean you can glide over potholes and speedbumps without the unpleasant jolt in most cars.

Performance across all three power sources is more or less equivalent, meaning you can choose the one appropriate to your needs from a level playing field. The electric ë-C4 is likely to be the one of most interest, the 50kWh battery meaning a 217-mile range by official figures and rechargeable in 7.5 hours via a regular domestic wallbox. If you can find a 100kW fast-charger on your travels you can get an 80% charge in just 30 minutes, too. This puts it mid-way between a regular Nissan Leaf and the longer-range Leaf E+ in terms of range and charging times, for reference.

It’s not clear which will feature as standard and which will be optional but Citroën is promising up to 20 different assistance technologies, up to level two semi-autonomous with its Highway Driver Assist package. Again, we’ll have to see what is offered on all versions but a frameless HD instrument display and 10in central touch-screen are your main interfaces with the various infotainment options, the interior’s minimalist style again promoting comfort and a relaxing atmosphere as its major theme.

Interested in buying a Citroen C4?