Sprint to 60 mph last 9. Not only is it not quick enough — Citroen quotes a decidedly leisurely 0-62mph time of 13. Citroen has achieved its goal: to make the updated C4 Cactus more comfortable than its predecessor with better suspension and better seats. The driving position is more than spacious enough, but some people may find the pedals too closely spaced. The PureTech 130 at the top of the range is pretty nippy, but most people will be happy to make do with the mid-range PureTech 110 engine.
A 109bhp variant covers the same sprint in 11. Firstly, those airbumps are resigned to the side sills, a result of customer feedback says Citroen, but still a disappointing step away from its previous characterful design which set it apart from so many rivals. It thrums and skips along like an excited puppy, and has real character in the way it delivers power. It's good value and well equipped, too. This can be seen as a fun thing — as it did for us. The updated model addresses two criticisms of the old car: the steering wheel now offers reach adjustment, and the seats feature variable lumbar support. Suzuki Ignis Smaller and less practical than the Cactus but at least as characterful and more fun to drive for more of the time.
He believes that words can take on a transformative aspect and wants to help people make better decisions today. A variety of shades are on offer, with buyers able to personalise their cars to a fair extent. The official average consumption is stamped at 5. For something a bit more conservative, the 130bhp variant does the 0-62 dash in 10. Running costs are on the whole good, and both diesel engines can return fuel economy higher than 75mpg. Citroen's electric child door locks - which let you activate or deactivate the rear door child locks via a button in the front, is a really neat function that plenty of parents will appreciate.
You just have no idea how this car will react. Nowhere was this more obvious than its famous Airbumps across the doors; Lego-like pimpled rubber strips that would deflect away small car park dings. Entry-level Feel trim is well equipped, with 16in alloy wheels, hydraulic cusion suspension, advanced comfort seats, cruise control, Bluetooth music streaming, split folding rear seats, and electrically adjustable heated door mirrors. Even so, the Cactus has got real style appeal that'll no doubt make you smile every time you get in. Four average-sized adults can sit in it comfortably but leggy people will find their knees brushing the front seats, and those rear passengers are likely to be quite peeved when they find out that the windows don't go down.
Peak power of 81kW comes in at 5500rpm, and peak torque of 205Nm is available from just 1500rpm. It sits on an extended version of the platform that underpins the supermini and the upmarket hatchback, while the standard touchscreen is similar to the one found in the 308 hatch from sister brand. The unusual up-opening glove box doubles as a handy flat shelf as well complete with rubber grip studs. Image 3 of 30 The manual gearbox was a let-down in earlier Cactus models, but the facelift has brought a noticeable improvement. Image 2 of 30 There are four engines offered in the C4 Cactus, two petrol and two diesel. Introduction At its heart, the C4 Cactus is an easy-going, high-riding hatchback like a host of other crossovers, from the to the , but it goes to greater lengths in pursuit of value for money, comfort and extrovert styling.
Image 24 of 30 The biggest compromise in the rear is the lack of wind-up windows — instead, they only pop out at the rear a few centimetres. There are complaints with how it handles, though: the steering is lifeless and vague, while the suspension — soft as it may well be — lets in too much body lean as you take on bends. Its raised ride height gives you a good view out and the fairly light controls help you fight your way through traffic and squeeze into tight parking spaces without breaking into a sweat. It cost half the price of a and had half the engine—an air-cooled flat twin—under its curved hood and driving the front wheels. Once settled, the Cactus tracks faithfully through the turn, no matter how gnarly the road surface. A seat that now comes with extra padding and lumbar support.
Unfortunately there are no climate vents in the back of the centre console, and no power outlets in sight, but there is a deep door pull pocket in the door trim. Your Citroen C4 Cactus will allow you to see surfers closer. Less interesting, you might say. This includes pop-out rear windows, asymmetric air vents on the dashboard, a top-opening glovebox and minimal buttons on the dashboard. We have to say thanks for the more traction from the C4 Cactus engines. There are five modes available on the Grip Control selection. You're literally left hanging in the middle of the road while the car changes gear and removes all power.
If you are an adventurer who demands much leisure time, this car is built for you. The panoramic sunroof option eats into headroom a bit, and while it's fixed in place with no sun shade, it has a reflective finish to help prevent the cabin from overheating. What impact does the C4's suspension make on the ride? In a typical French car way, there is a lack of cup holders. You can also have it with a six-speed automatic gearbox, but the standard six-speed manual is fine even if the shift is a bit long-throw and stodgy. The PureTech petrol range is also pretty efficient on paper.
For your information, this is the most advanced C4 Cactus that will fulfill the expectation of many fans. Boot The C4 Cactus was initially fitted with a one-piece rear bench, but 60:40 split folding rear seats were added at the facelift and are now standard across the range. There was less torque from go than expected for a punchy 128bhp three-cylinder, but it held its own on a varied route and was never left wanting. The car is a total turd to drive. On the facelifted model, these have moved from their previous prime spot, across the middle of the doors, to their lower edges.
Further back, the curvy wheelarches feature plastic extensions, and behind this the sides of the car incorporate one of its big talking points — the Airbump panels. It is the best mode to defeat mud, dirt and grass terrains. One produces 198bhp, and the other produces 126bhp. The electric power steering is light, accurate, and tactile enough for you to sense those tall sidewalls flexing as cornering loads increase. To make the C4 Cactus more accessible to buyers, Citroen offers a number of all-inclusive purchase packages.