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Citroen C4 Cactus

6/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Citroen C4 Cactus

£18,450£23,110

Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

Citroen has made the C4 Cactus more mainstream, yet conversely it's become a more niche choice in the process

We used to rate the C4 Cactus as our favourite small crossover. It was a bit of a trailblazer in making cars of its ilk deliberately less sporty and aggressive. Perhaps it’s not done as well as Citroen hoped as a result, leading to its more mainstream makeover.

The ride is composed, it’s very refined and there’s little – apart from the rear space and those annoying back windows – that the Cactus does badly. It still boasts more character than many of its rivals, but then so does a Citroen C3, which isn’t actually much smaller and is around £3,000 cheaper in comparative specs.

Indeed, by trying to make the C4 Cactus less niche in its appeal, Citroen has inadvertently made its place in the market harder to fathom. It’s a decent car, but it’s less affordable than before, and tasked with taking on tougher rivals. Against which it’s no longer a class hero.

Our choice from the range

This is the one we'd pick...

Citroen C4 Cactus front three quarters
Citroen

1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr

£19,790
N/A
63mpg
9.40s
110bhp
104g/km
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