Citroen C4 Cactus

Citroen C4 Cactus motability carThe Citroen C4 Cactus, on first meeting, is both smaller and lower than you expect as it is not a C4 at all but built up from a stretched C3/DS3 platform, how it came to be the C4 Cactus we are not sure.  Therefore the Cactus is not a people carrier in the vein of the C4 Picasso but a fun, head turner in the ilk of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, it certainly will polarise opinion, the bits of plastic (airbumps) stuck to the side of the Cactus will cause you to tilt your head in a confused manner but upon closer inspection the Cactus has so much more to offer than shopping trolley protectors as despite its diminutive size it cuts an impressive dash, just a few moments in its company and you find yourself endeared to its kooky looks.


Citroen C4 Cactus Motability car dashOnce inside the Cactus there is an instant feeling of space, the dash is dominated by a 7″ touchscreen that controls the heating, radio and media inputs or streaming from your smartphone, there is a no CD player and if you want Sat Nav you need to opt for the top Flair trim. Dashboard space is further enhanced by the ingenious re-positioning of the airbags to the roofline giving room for the sofa style seats that are extremely comfortable, opt for the semi-automatic and you will not find a gearstick, buttons control the forward reverse and neutral selection, you can override this by using the steering wheel paddles to change gear should you wish. The overall feeling of the Cactus is one of quality scattered with delightful design innovations such as the suitcase handle style door handles and the windscreen washers that use 50% less water.


Citroen C4 Cactus Motability car rearTo Mobility customers the Cactus is only available in the top two trim levels, Feel and Flair, the entry level Touch only has 15″ wheels and no air conditioning; which we feel is needed as the rear windows only clip open and do not wind down in the traditional manner. The Feel trim is very well appointed with manual air conditioning cruise control, LED daytime running lights, 16″ alloy wheels, roof bars, bluetooth streaming and steering wheel controls for the 7″touchscreen. The Flair adds a built in Sat Nav with a 16gb music storage, 17″ alloy wheels, reversing camera, privacy glass, automatic air conditioning and a front armrest, for £325, on the Flair trim the Cactus can be fitted with park assist, the car will identify and reverse into a space automatically. The Flair Edition adds a panoramic glass roof.


Citroen C4 Cactus Motability car rear seats

The two Cactus engines are a three cylinder 1.2 litre petrol producing 82 or 110 bhp and a 1.6 litre diesel producing 100bhp as a manual, all manual cars only have five forward gears, they could do with a sixth really. The smaller petrol can be manual or an ETG semi automatic which adds start stop to lower the CO2 output and increase the fuel economy, which is an impressive 61.4 and 65.7 miles per gallon respectively, the larger 110bhp version, also with start/stop can reach 62 miles per hour in 9.3 seconds compared to 12.9 for the smaller version while still return 60.1 miles per gallon which is the pich particularly as an automatic choice as it adds a full Auto gearbox and not the semi auto of the smaller unit. Three cylinder petrol engines have been reported to be quite thirsty in real life driving and economy is no where near the claimed figures, reports are that this is not the case with this engine and 50mpg is achievable in reality.  The 1.6 diesel manual can return up to 83 miles per gallon and reach 62 miles per hour in 10.7 seconds.

We like the C4 Cactus a lot, it has charm in abundance, is fitted with the latest technology and offers good space for 4 adults with their luggage, the excellent 358 litre boot is only hampered by a high lip and if you need more space the rear seats fold, but as one piece and not individually, we can forgive Citroen such idiosyncrasies as the Cactus is a bit more fun than the competition. Prices start from Nil Advance Payment for the 82bhp 1.2 petrol in the Flair trim.

Spring Best Buy – Citroen C4 Cactus 1.2 Petrol 110bhp Manual ‘Flair Edition’   –  £145 Advance Payment (£61.83 wpms)

Spring Best Buy – Citroen C4 Cactus 1.6 Diesel 100bhp Manual ‘Flair’  –  £345 Advance Payment (£63.16 wpms)

 Spring Best Buy – Citroen C4 Cactus 1.2 Petrol 110bhp Automatic ‘Flair’   –  £695 Advance Payment (£65.48 wpms)