09 November 2022

Best Citroen e-C4 Alternatives 2022

If you’re looking for a stylish and spacious family electric car, Citroen’s e-C4 is a top choice. Its design has clear influences from a crossover. However, there’s also a hatchback and a hint of coupe styling thrown into the mix.

This model has something for everyone, including ample space, reasonable range, and striking road appeal. But if getting hold of one proves difficult (the pandemic and recent supply issues have something to do with this), looking at alternatives could be a good option.

So, what’s available, and how do they compare in regards to performance, range and monthly cost? Take a look at the top contenders below:

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Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf has proved a popular addition to the electric car market since it came onto the scene in 2011.

The slight difference between the e-C4 and the Leaf is this model is a more traditional hatchback design. Its exterior is subtle but with a few striking angular lines, and you get the option of a contrasting roof. Sitting inside, you’ll find more of the same vibe. In the entry-level trim, the upholstery is scaled back. But upgrading sees some better quality accents and partial leather seats. On the dash sits an 8-inch touchscreen. It’s pretty handy but not as intuitive as others in its class.

Compared to the e-C4, it feels plainer, but the price might tempt you otherwise. Driver and passenger also enjoy enough space for a comfortable ride. But sitting three in the back might prove a bit snug.

Performance comparison

The Leaf is a great run-around, especially if you use it for shorter trips. Its peppy 150hp motor gives ample acceleration once you put your foot down. However, you won’t be breaking any records with 0-60 at just under eight seconds. The Nissan Leaf e+ model does offer a bit more oomph, though, with its 217hp option.

Economy comparison

For its size, the range is reasonable. However, Nissan claims the entry-level model provides around 168 miles between charges. This falls short of the e-C4, though both will probably see less in actual driving conditions. If you want more range, upgrading to the Leaf e+ offers up to 239 miles.

Price comparison

This model is equipped with a host of features and tech making it a great option if you’re looking at electric cars for the first time. Entry-level versions are the most affordable option, starting at £315.99 per month. The e+ is more expensive, so you’ll have to decide if the extra range is worth the cost. However, compared to the e-C4, there are some savings to be had, as prices for this model start at £415.99 per month.

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Volkswagen ID.3

There’s no denying the appeal of the VW logo, and its electric offering is no exception. With futuristic looks and bags of tech inside, this is a great alternative to the e-C4.

The exterior has a quirky road presence and some striking styling accents. You also get the option of Matrix LED lights, which add to the aesthetic. There’s also a choice of alloys when opting for the range-topping trim level.

The inside of the VW ID.3 follows a similar design concept to other minimally designed cars in the class. It’s subtle, but upfront sits a 10-inch touchscreen and a smaller digital display for the driver. It’s a noticeable difference from the e-C4’s more imposing display. Similar to its rival, space is ample. With plenty of room for passengers and a similar boot capacity, you can fit in suitcases and shopping with ease.

Performance comparison

Unlike the e-C4, there’s more choice of performance with the ID.3. The smallest electric motor provides 150hp, while the bigger versions provide 145hp or 204hp if you want that extra power. As a result, each model is zippy around town and on the motorway. In comparison, it nearly matches the e-C4 for speed, even with the choice of motors.

Economy comparison

A significant selling point of the ID.3 is its impressive range. Volkswagen claims its 58kWh battery on the Pro Performance spec provides up to 265 miles. However, the larger 77kWh goes even further – up to 366 miles. Overall, this overtakes the e-C4, especially in the range-topping version.

Price comparison

While you’ll pay more for increased power, the price comparison is fairly similar. Starting at £406.99 per month, this gives you a better range, funky styling and that much-loved VW badge for a comparable cost.

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Hyundai Kona Electric

The Kona is a popular SUV in the Hyundai range, so it’s no surprise they’ve extended its appeal with the Kona Electric.

Its exterior has similar traits to the e-C4 in style and shape, and the front end is slightly toned down. That’s not a bad thing though, as it feels modern and fresh. On the other hand, its interior feels plusher than its petrol counterpart. The centre console is raised with handy cup holders and buttons for various features. Compared to the e-C4, the infotainment system has less impact. But, it comes with all the standard kit such as Bluetooth connectivity, sat nav, and so on.

Space is where the Kona Electric falls short somewhat. The driver and front passenger have plenty of room. However, it’s in the back, where passengers might feel a bit snug. Boot space again is smaller than the e-C4 coming in at just 332 litres due to the space for the batteries.

Performance comparison

The Kona Electric comes in two versions – 39kWh and 64kWh. This offers 136hp and 204hp and is instantly punchy from the offset due to instant torque. As a result, it’s ideal for all types of driving, whether you’re popping to town or hitting the motorway. In addition, its top speed and 0-60mph come close to the e-C4’s, making it a close contender performance-wise.

Economy comparison

The smaller battery option subsequently offers less range, coming in at around 189 miles, which is ideal for shorter journeys. Upgrading to the larger version takes this up a notch to 279 miles. So, you have to go for the bigger battery to outrun the e-C4.

Price comparison

Pricing is very similar between the two models, with the Kona Electric starting at £391.99 for the entry-level model. Of course, choosing the range-topping version commands a higher price, but the range on offer could sway your decision.

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Peugeot e-2008

The Peugeot e-2008 is a small SUV based on the petrol equivalent. In turn, it offers a comfortable ride alongside striking styling, making it a worthy contender for the e-C4.

The e-2008 takes a step up in looks compared to others in its class. It’s a great comparison to the e-C4, as both are pretty unique and have sharp lines and accents that stand out on the road. There’s even colour-matched grille detail and the option of a two-tone roof.

Inside feels high-quality, and the dash is designed as a wraparound feature making it feel premium. The infotainment screen at 10-inches also rivals the e-C4. However, you only get this in the GT version. All others come with a smaller 7-inch screen. Space is what lets the e-2008 down. While it’s roomy up front, adult passengers in the back might struggle with legroom. Anyone sitting in the middle also has to straddle a prominent hump. In comparison, boot space is plentiful at 405 litres.

Performance comparison

With only one electric motor available, there’s a limited choice other than trim level. It provides 136hp and good acceleration, though it’s not going to win any speed records at 0-60mph in around nine seconds. While it’s a little less impressive than the e-C4 in performance, it’s still ideal for everyday driving.

Economy comparison

Peugeot claims the e-2008 gives up to 214 miles between charges. Realistically, this probably comes out less in real-time driving. Again, both models compare closely in range, making it tough to choose between them.

Price comparison

Compromising slightly on range could see you save money (a little anyway) compared to others in the same class. The e-2008 starts at £397.99 per month and offers style, comfort and innovative tech at a great price.

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At a glance




Price (monthly cost through Leasing Options)

Citroen e-C4

0-62mph: 6.7 – 8.3 seconds

Top speed: 93mph

Up to 217 miles

From £415.99

Nissan Leaf

0-62mph: 7.9 seconds

Top speed: 89 – 98mph

Up to 239 miles (depending on model)

From £315.99

Volkswagen ID.3

0-62mph: 7.1 – 9.3 seconds

Top speed: 99mph

Up to 265 miles (depending on model)

From £406.99

Hyundai Kona Electric

0-62mph: 7.6 – 9.6 seconds

Top speed: 95 – 103mph

Up to 279 miles (depending on model)

From £391.99

Peugeot e-2008

0-62mph: 9 seconds

Top speed: 93mph

Up to 214 miles

From £397.99

*prices subject to change

*Performance and economy figures shown are averages and are subject to several factors, including vehicle model, driving conditions, speed and optimum charge rates (electric and hybrid cars).

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