What should I be paying?
Citroen boasts of 12 driver assistance systems, though one of them is keyless entry (handy, but not something we’d lump into the same category as autonomous city braking) and many of them lie on the options list, or only in top level Flair trim. Active city braking tech included, which some may see as an oversight.
Every single C4 Cactus has CO2 emissions below 110g/km (the diesel dips below 100g/km) and fuel economy well above 50mpg – the diesel tops 80mpg on the combined cycle, though it may take some parsimonious driving techniques to reach that in the real world.
As mentioned, the (temporary) entry-level, non-turbo 1.2 is best avoided. Its 13.1sec 0-62mph might make motorway slip roads a bit laborious in the real world (add the 110bhp car’s turbo and it cuts nearly four seconds from that), and it also claims higher CO2 lower mpg than the engine above it, too.
The Cactus comes with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty from Citroen, with the dealer extending this to three years – but with a 60,000-mile limit – for no cost. It also comes with breakdown and emergency cover, which for an extra £200 on Feel spec cars (or standard on Flair spec cars), connects using an integrated sim card, so that the car makes the call for you and pinpoints your exact location to the person on the other end. It’s not for phoning ahead and booking hotel rooms or restaurant tables like Vauxhall’s OnStar system, though…