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Car Review

Citroen C4 Cactus review

£21,535 - £23,880
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Published: 23 Jan 2015
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Citroen goes back to its roots and gives us something completely different, cheap, cheerful and innovative

Good stuff

Styling, interesting concept, ability, space

Bad stuff

Some bits do feel a bit cheap, it's not exactly fun to drive

Overview

What is it?

Nobody is really sure. Part budget hatchback, part spaceship, part pseudo-crossover, the Cactus is in a weird little wonderful niche of its own. Underneath it’s a C3/Peugeot 208 platform, with MacPherson struts at the front and a simple torsion bar for the rear suspension, but it’s bigger than any of the mooted supermini competition, with lots of space. 

It’s also refreshingly simple; Citroen has decided to pare back big-car complexity and offer a more calming, simple motoring experience. Cheaper, but no less satisfying. The squidgy blisters on the sides are called Airbumps, and they’re designed to stop annoying door-dings. This is Citroen doing its own thing and ignoring styling convention but basing the mechanicals in the real world. And there’s nothing wrong with that. 

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Our choice from the range

What's the verdict?

Citroen's Fiat Panda - character over driving thrills, but none the worse for that.

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