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Citroen C4 Cactus Review

March 14, 2016

Citroen is renowned as one of Europe’s most environmentally friendly brands – with the French automaker’s vehicles being made from 95% reusable materials, and boasting some of the lowest fuel emissions in all of Europe. Citroen was the first mass-production car company outside the USA – and, over its 95-year run, the company has gone from strength to strength.

The Citroen Cactus is no exception to Citroen’s track record for innovation. Offering unique looks, bags of space and unbeatable efficiency, the C4 has raised the bar when it comes to auto design. Keep reading to find out what makes this weird and wonderful crossover such a steal.

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Citroen Cactus Review

Original image by Klaus Nahr

Design

You’d be forgiven for looking twice when it comes to the unique stylings of the Citroen Cactus. From its hybrid hatchback-crossover shape to its unusual black bumper panels, the C4 is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise uninspiring lineup of popular family hatchbacks on the market.

However, the unique aesthetics of the Cactus aren’t designed simply to turn heads. Thanks to its clever use of materials, Citroen has managed to shave 200 kg off the Cactus’s curb weight – translating to a serious boost in fuel economy. The distinctive bubbled ‘Airbumps’ that line the side of the car also protect it from scratches and scrapes, and can be replaced as wear and tear sets in – making it durable as well as lightweight.

Things are equally refreshing when you step inside, with the C4 Cactus offering bags of interior space. It’s clear that comfort was a priority to Citroen, with oversized sofa-style front seats making for a comfortable drive – with plenty of room up-front and in the rear. Don’t be fooled into thinking that comfortable translates into boring, though. The Citroen C4 offers up genuine style, something its rivals can’t compete with. Its retro two-tone interior disguises plenty of clever storage spaces – and with customisable dashboard colours, there’s plenty of personality to match.

Features

The Citroen Cactus comes loaded with features, so even those who opt for the entry-level Touch model won’t feel left out. A 7-inch infotainment display, electric windows, DAB radio and cruise control come as standard. However, if you want to keep cool on hot summer days, opt for the Feel model – which adds air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and leather trim details. If you’ve got cash to splash on the range-topping Flair model, you’ll get luxury features like Sat-Nav and even a handy rear reversing camera.

One of the most striking features of the C4 Cactus is its large, glass panoramic roof – which lets in plenty of light, while keeping harmful UV rays at bay.

Citroen C4 Cactus

Original image by Klaus Nahr

Performance

As with most newer models, the Citroen C4 Cactus is built with efficiency in mind – utilising a range of highly-tuned small-block engines. The PureTech petrol range is available in three different power outputs, with one ultra efficient BlueHDi diesel to top off the selection of powerplants on offer.

All of the turbocharged petrol engines are up to the job, but the 109bhp PureTech 110 offers up the best balance of motorway and city driving performance – giving you the confidence to overtake at speed. Despite being the most powerful petrol in the range, the 110 engine still manages to achieve 60mpg with a road tax bill of just £20 a year.

If you do a lot of distance driving, the BlueHDi diesel model may be the one for you – offering excellent fuel economy at 83mpg. Despite its frugal figures, the BlueHDi model still manages to put on a lively performance – accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 10.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 114 mph.

Citroen Cactus prices

Despite the recent fall in petrol prices, running a car is still an expensive ordeal. The Citroen C4 Cactus is geared up for the next generation of drivers. The C4’s environmentally friendly construction, affordable purchase price and low running costs make the Cactus the perfect solution if you’re on a budget. And with bad credit car finance available, it’s the perfect time to trade in your gas guzzler and get your budgets under control.

If you fancy getting your hands on the C4, Citroen Cactus prices start from as little as £12,990 for the PureTech 75 manual Touch model. Our pick of the bunch is the 1.2-litre PureTech 110 Feel, yours for £15,890 – or if you fancy a touch of luxury, the range topping 1.6 e-HDi 92 Flair comes in at £18,290.

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With competitive pricing across the range and excellent Citroen finance options on offer, the Cactus is an incredibly cost-effective car. If you’re interested in finding out more about Citroen Cactus finance, get in touch with the experts at The Car Loan Warehouse. We work with a wide range of lenders and can give you exclusive access to the best car finance deals – try our car finance calculator for an instant estimate or apply online today!

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.