18 March 2024
Citroen e-C4 X Review – French Efficiency

Is the e-C4 X a sedan, a cross-sedan or something else?

In July 2023, I reviewed the Citroen e-C4 and needless to say, came away impressed. So, when the e-C4 X was first shown at the Singapore Motorshow 2024, I started chomping at the bits to see what this new variant would bring to the table.

As for the question asked at the beginning of this article, we invite you to answer that for yourselves. After what we went through during ACOTY 2024 with the Peugeot 408, we’re not going down that rabbit hole again!


The e-C4 X’s face is distinctive, and one that will cause people to turn their heads and look. Tri-LED headlights sit ensconced into the bumper while sleek LED daytime running lights sit atop and seemingly carry on into the headlight cluster.

The dual chevrons mark this face out as distinctly Citroen, and one that we’ve seen before in the e-C4, sans anodized blue trims to signify it as an electric vehicle (EV). No, the e-C4 X carries its EV cred quietly, and is better for it.


18-inch rims wear rather narrow but rolling resistance-friendly 195/60 R18 Goodyear EfficientGrip tyres, but don’t let the name or its relative narrowness put you off. These babies can grip very well should the mood strike to string a series of bends together.

The rear end is made distinctive by the e-C4 X’s taillight clusters as well as its sloping roofline that kicks up into an integrated spoiler in the boot lid. It’s definitely something other road users will take note of while on the move.

Otherwise, the exterior design aesthetic is clean, interspersed by bits of black plastic trim to signify its better-than-other-sedans ground clearance.


Swing open the sedan boot lid to reveal 510 litres of luggage capacity that’s both deep and wide. Before anyone bemoans the lack of a liftback, which no doubt would have made the e-C4 X more practical, I get why they did it.

It’s most likely for sound insulation, which is important in an electric vehicle. With a liftback, the boot area would be exposed to the cabin space, thereby making it a little noisier.

The rear seatbacks fold down in a 60:40 split to liberate more space if longer or more numerous items need to be carried.

The rear seats themselves are pretty comfy, although being a ‘C4-class’ vehicle, legroom is just about adequate with the driver’s seat almost all the way back and some ways up for my seating position.

The rear door aperture is a tad small, which requires a little more contortions to negotiate, especially for taller people. Once inside though, headroom is way more than sufficient.

Rear occupants get a couple of air vents and USB ports, one Type-C and one Type-A, to keep their electronic gubbins juiced up.

The front seats are manually operated, which in my opinion is good because fore-and-aft adjustments are much faster and there’s one less electrical item to go wrong.

The seatback angle and lumbar-support adjustments are done courtesy of two knobs on the side of the seatback, and knuckle-bashing on the B-pillar may ensue. Once set though, it’s off to the daily grind.

Being a Citroen, you can expect these seats to be nice and comfy over many thousands of miles. I came away from the review loan period feeling refreshed after every drive.

The steering wheel is perfectly sized, and manually adjusts for reach and rake. Controls for adaptive cruise and audio/telephony are clearly laid out on either spoke of the steering wheel.

Yep, the e-C4 X has adaptive cruise, which is very nice. Initially, I couldn’t figure out how to change the following distance, but Sean leaned over and said, “Can the speed-adjustment rocker be pressed?”

Voila! Just depress the rocker multiple times to change the following distance to your preference.

adaptive cruise controls
audio & telephony controls

There’s only one chink in this really nice steering wheel. See the bit of brightwork on the bottom spoke? It caught the sun’s rays between 11 AM and 2 PM and reflected the glare into my eyes.

This could also be due to my unique seating position, so if this is you also, a little bit of vinyl wrap professionally applied should do the trick.

The main instrument screen may seem quite small at first. It can be configured in three ways, and the trip readouts are momentarily activated by pressing a button on the wiper stalk. Otherwise, it is minimalist, for good reason.

And that reason is because the e-C4 X has a head-up display or HUD. Turn the vehicle on, and the HUD screen rises out of the dashboard.

Why not just project it onto the windscreen? Because HUD-compatible windscreens are more expensive than their regular counterparts. See, Citroen engineers were thinking ahead, since windscreen replacements are pretty commonplace.

The HUD itself is pretty simple too, displaying speed, adaptive cruise and speed-sign information. Adjustments for the HUD can be done via a set of controls near the driver’s right knee and next to the door.

controls for boot release, headlight adjustment & HUD

The infotainment screen in the e-C4 X measures 10 inches across, features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and from what I remember, appears to be of a crisper resolution and responsiveness than the e-C4’s.

Also, a complaint I had about the latter’s ever-present menu functions while Android Auto is operating is not the case here, with the full width of the screen’s real estate being utilised. NICE!

Thankfully, aircon controls are physical! There’s also a wireless charging tray just below the aircon controls, and USB Type-C and Type-A ports. Use the former if you prefer wired Android Auto.

physical aircon controls, wireless charge pad, USB ports
drive mode selector & drive selector
small glovebox…
… complemented by drawer compartment
tablet holder

La Conduite

Let’s first get to the reason Citroen is famous – its world-class suspension that lets the e-C4 X float down the road. In case you haven’t read the e-C4 review, here it is again in brief.

It’s called “Citroen Suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions,” and I still maintain that the French engineers must have dabbled in sorcery and witchcraft to come up with a relatively simple suspension system that rides THIS well without resorting to air ride or the problematic oleo-pneumatic system from Citroen’s past.

Just to prove a point to Sean in the back seat, I flew over a small but sharp speed hump without slowing down just like I did with Joel in the e-C4.

Folks, we didn’t feel a thing. We heard the tyres thumping over the speed hump, but that was it. Sean was noticeably impressed. The ride comfort of the e-C4 X, just like the e-C4 is 85-90% that of a BMW 735i with air suspension.

Don’t take my word for it. Go for a test drive and experience it yourself.

Just because it’s cushy and comfy doesn’t mean that the e-C4 X leans over like a land barge when negotiating corners. Quite the opposite, because it will dance through the twisty stuff in a sure-footed manner.

An area that sees improvement over the e-C4 is its efficiency. The e-C4 X has a 4kWh larger battery pack than the former, and power and torque from the electric motor are slightly up to the tune of 2hp and 10Nm respectively.

It isn’t going to win any traffic-light drag races. Acceleration is adequate for the daily-drive duties, and it’ll get the job done competently.

Charging the battery pack from 20%-80% is claimed to be done in about 30 minutes, and from my experience charging from just over 30% to 90%, which took 31 minutes at a 120kW DC charger, is a realistic claim.

Citroen claims 14.1kWh/100km or 7.1km/kWh WLTP energy efficiency and 436km of claimed range.

My own experience bettered their efficiency claim at a normalised average economy of 12.7kWh/100km or 7.9km/kWh, meaning over 400km of range from the 54kWh battery pack is entirely doable.

To put things in context the e-C4 X is the second most efficient EV we’ve ever tested at the time of writing, and dethroned the popular BYD Atto 3 100kW for the silver medal. As usual, your mileage may vary with driving style and conditions.

pure street
mostly highway

If you’re looking for a quiet comfy EV that has its own charm in a sea of generic-looking vehicles, the e-C4 X is a good place to start. There’s but the slightest of wind-rustle at highway speeds emanating from the top of the A-pillar, but that’s it.

Even the stock sound system is rather good and can play loud without becoming tiring on the ears. Sure, it’s not got tech up the wazoo, but that simplicity adds to its charm. French charm, might I add.

Just like the e-C4, no one can ever accuse an e-C4 X owner of driving something mundane-looking. It’s a really sweet car to daily-drive, and once again, kudos to the French engineers who made it happen.

Photo Credits: Sean Loo (@auto.driven)

Technical Specifications

Citroen e-C4 X

Unladen Weight: 1,584kg
Battery Size: 54kW
Power: 134hp
Torque: 270Nm
Drive: Front wheels
0-100km/h: 10 seconds (claimed)
Range: 436km (claimed)
Energy Economy: 14.1kWh/100km or 7.1km/kWh (claimed)
Price: S$164,999 with COE (accurate at the time of this article)
Contact: Citroën Singapore

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