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Citroen C4 Cactus review

£21,535 - £23,880
Published: 23 Jan 2015
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


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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