Citroen C4 Cactus

The 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 Space Tourer but a fun, head turner in the ilk of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, the 2018 update has removed the airbumps that were stuck to the side of the Cactus to give ip more of a mainstream look, but it retain its kooky, charming looks. The update also includes the new Progressive Hydraulic Cushion (PHC) suspension. Which adds a pair of hydraulic dampers into each suspension corner. Citroen claim a ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ but the reality is a softening of the ride and a very smooth ride, soaking up the imperfection of British roads.

 

Once 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 (Apple carplay and Android Auto), there is a no CD player and if you want Sat Nav you need to opt for the 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. 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.

 

To Mobility customers the Cactus is available in the top two trim levels, Feel and Flair.The Feel trim offers 16-inch alloys, air conditioning, cruise control, 7-inch touchscreen, DAB digital radio and LED daytime running lights. The Flair adds 17-inch wheels, dark tinted rear windows, front armrest, automatic air conditioning, automatic lights, rain-sensing wipers, reversing camera, sat nav, a panoramic sunroof lots of extra safety features, including Lane Departure Warning, Active Safety Brake and Driver Attention Alert.

 

The two Cactus engines are a three cylinder 1.2 litre petrol producing 82, 110 or 130 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 130 petrol has six gears). The 110 can be manual or a new EAT torque converter automatic which is a great improvement over the old semi automatic. It can reach 62 miles per hour in 9.3 seconds compared to 12.9 for the smaller version while still return over 65.7 mpg as a manual or 61.4 mpg as an auto. The 6 speed manual can reach 62 mph in 8.7 seconds but the difference in real world driving is minimal. The 98 bhp 1.5 litre diesel manual can return up to 83.1  miles per gallon and reach 62 miles per hour in 10.1 seconds and makes a sensible choice for those that do higher miles.

 Autumn Best Buy – Citroen C4 Cactus 1.2 Petrol 130bhp Manual ‘Flair’   –  £295 Advance Payment (£63.03 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy – Citroen C4 Cactus 1.5 Diesel 100bhp Manual ‘Flair’  –  £495 Advance Payment (£64.35 wpms)

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Citroen C4 Cactus 1.2 Petrol 110bhp Automatic ‘Flair’   –  £395 Advance Payment (£63.99 wpms)