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Used value: Consider Citroen and gear up for a complete change of pace

Tired of driving the same old brands from Japan? Fancy something completely different? Then you can’t go past a Citroen. A perfect example of how the French do things differently, it’s a stand out in terms of styling, interiors and comfort. Here’s why you should consider getting behind the wheel.

A Corolla sized car with a European edge

One of the most popular models in the Citroen range is the C4. A Corolla-sized car with a 1.6 litre petrol or diesel engine, it’s available as a 5 speed manual or 6 speed auto. As with many European models, its economy is seriously impressive, with a claimed range of between 4.2 to 6.9 litres per 100 kms.

Chic styling & superior space

Although most European cars provide great comfort along with lots of useful compartments, Citroen has made both a leading feature. Thanks to consistently spacious interiors and decades spent perfecting ride comfort, it’s a seriously smooth ride. However, despite our notoriously rough road surfaces, Citroen has experienced only a limited popularity in the Australian market.

What to look for in a used model

If appearance is important to you, the best C4 models to go for are those made after 2011. That year saw a focus on smoothing out Citroen’s memorable yet quirky appearance, pleasing both pundits and critics alike.

In terms of performance, the turbo diesel is the pick of the line-up. Powerful and economical, they easily go the distance when services are kept regularly up to date. You should expect to pay between $10,000 to $14,000 for a used model.

But before you take the plunge, make sure you closely inspect the service records and request a lengthy test drive. Citroen aficionados love the smooth ride the car’s unusual auto provides, but others aren’t such big fans. So settle in for a longer drive to ensure it’s the right ride for you.

Ultimately, there’s a lot to love about a Citroen. However, due to their limited popularity, dealers and specialists are few and far between. And if that’s the case, it’s probably best to stay away.