Used Citroen C4
A history lesson…
The Citroen C4's most enduring legacy is probably going to be the fact that it inspired Michael Bay to make the Transformers movie franchise, which continues to rake in billions at the box office with each new release.
This was kick started by those dancing robot ads which arrived with the C4 back in 2004 and these were intended to show off the fact that Citroen had packed its new car with more technology than you would expect from a family-friendly French motor.
The new Citroen C4 arrived with a great looking body, impressive specifications and a good selection of engines to suit all tastes. It received a facelift in 2008 and has since spawned the DS4 sub-brand, while remaining popular in its own right.
Bang for your buck
You can choose either a five door hatchback or three door coupe iteration of the used Citroen C4, although both manage to cut quite a sporty looking figure. This isn't a car that wants to echo the functionality of an MPV, so you won't be able to cram any extra passengers onboard, but for its size it does a good job of providing you with all the space and kit that you need.
The body shape isn't just for show, since Citroen cited it as being the most aerodynamic creation in its class. Meanwhile on the inside you get plenty of gadgets, from lane departure warning to excellent entertainment, along with Xenon headlamps up front and excellent safety ratings.
What you'll pay
The price of a used Citroen C4 for sale varies depending on the model and registration year, but a basic 1.4LX hatchback from the 2008 facelift range will start at £4500.
If you're more interested in the sportier VTR+ coupes then you'll pay closer to £9000 for a 2010 edition.
What to check
Bear in mind that the Citroen C4 was actually subject to a couple of product recalls in its history, so you should check to see that any used example has complied with these in order to avoid potentially dangerous purchases.
Early iterations suffer from occasional bouts of buggy electronics as well as interior fits that aren't always up to scratch, but any face lifted model sold from 2008 should be less troublesome in this area.
The reliability crown is worn by the 1.6 litre HDi diesel edition, but if you're looking for a 1.4 litre petrol version be sure to check up on the head gasket, as this has been flagged as an issue.
This is a mainstream motor and so isn't too costly to find replacement parts for, with £10-£15 getting you oil and air filters, while £30 will buy a timing belt.
How it drives
Citroens can be a little bit vague and floaty, all in the name of offering great ride comfort. This is somewhat true of the used Citroen C4, since it is not quite as sporty as its closest hot hatch rivals.
However, opting for the VTi models will give you a surprisingly economical ride even if you want something with a little poke, as it has a 42mpg combined fuel economy rating.