Citroen C4 CactusCitroen’s radical C4 Cactus family-sized crossover is now on sale, priced from less than £13,000 – more than £1000 cheaper than the mediocre C4 family hatch it shares showroom space with.

The surpassingly competitive price tag for Citroen’s radical new five-door admittedly only buys a 75hp PureTech motor, in base Touch trim; an 82hp engine costs £400 more, and the far superior PureTech 110 costs from £15,790 as it only comes as a mid-range Feel.

The cheapest diesel – the de rigueur choice for any leftfield French car – is the BlueHDi 100 Touch, costing from £15,390.

Citroen C4 Cactus review: 2014 first drive

Even so, such prices still ensure the C4 Cactus is something of a bargain. Compared to regular family hatchbacks – which generally cost upwards of £17,500 – it is fresh, innovative, appealing and interesting. A proper Citroen and, according to our man, a jolly good drive to boot.

Ordering for the three-trim range of Touch, Feel and Flair models has opened now, for September delivery, and Citroen has also revealed the full range of options available with the C4 Cactus. You have to select Feel or Touch trim in order to choose them, but such are the combinations listed, you may well want to do so.

Options include:

  • Pearlescent white paint (£730)
  • Purple interior Highlight Pack (£295)
  • Habana leather Highlight Pack (£695)
  • Stone Grey, Dune or Chocolate Airbump (£150)
  • Gloss white roof bars (£50)
  • White or red door mirrors (£50)
  • Red or white rear insert with black ‘Cactus’ lettering (£free!)
  • Gloss black rear insert with chocolate or grey ‘Cactus’ lettering (£free!)

An uber-eco ‘Airdream Pack’ is also offered in the BlueHDi 100 Feel variant. A no-cost option, it adds steel wheels but delivers 82g/km and an impressive 91.1mpg. As all good French cars come with steel wheels and a couple of missing hubcaps, we can certainly see the appeal of it.