Citroen C4 Cactus: Style, Function & Innovation
Seamless straight lines and smooth curves.
When I first saw the Citroen C4 Cactus, I thought it looked weird. Really really weird – the demo car we got looked like it had bars of chocolate stuck to the side. But you know what? It grew on me. And it’s going to grow on you too.
Look at it. It’s a piece of modern art, seamlessly marrying straight lines and smooth curves. From a distance it’s instantly recognisable and pleasantly inviting. The car we had was white with brown airbumps (the bits on the side – more on those soon) – but you can get it in ten colours with four different coloured airbumps, five different seat fabrics and three different colour schemes for the dashboard and interior trim. You’re not likely to see one looking just like yours very often.
What’s that on the side? Those, my friend, are Citroen’s patented Airbump panels. They are designed to protect your C4 Cactus from everyday bumps and scrapes, while adding to the already unique aesthetic.
Inside is lovely. The seats in the C4 Cactus are extremely comfortable, and give you support in all the right places. I’m pretty tall, but had plenty of leg and headroom in the front, but not so much in the back unless you get the panoramic sunroof.
The Citroen C4 Cactus is designed with luxury as a priority
The dashboard is designed to look luxurious, but stay practical. The huge glove-box, for example, is on top of the dash and has been clearly inspired by top-end luggage in design. At the centre is the touch-tablet control panel which controls everything from the stereo through to air conditioning and sat-nav in higher end models.
Minimalising the dash doesn’t mean Citroen have cut corners on safety: the passenger airbags are now located in the roof (the first car in the world to do this). The C4 Cactus also received a four star Euro NCAP safety rating, and comes with electronic stability control as standard.
Driving it is simple – the main focus of the C4 Cactus is on comfort, not excitement. It’s made for the relaxed driver, not a manic petrolhead. No bells; no whistles. It grips well and is light to steer. It’s like driving a cloud.
The C4 Cactus is exceptionally economical to run, with its diesel engine coming in at 80-90mpg whilst having only 87g/km of CO2, and the petrol averaging 60mpg with just 107g/km of CO2.
In 2014, the C4 Cactus won awards. Lots and lots of awards, ranging from Next Greencar Crossover through to Top Gear’s Best Hatchback, beating off competition from the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Soul. So if what you’re after is a quirky-looking, award-winning, personality-shining, easy-driving and ridiculously-economical hatchback crossover – perfect.
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