Citroen C4 Cactus

Citroen C4 Cactus review

Citroen C4 Cactus

The Citroen C4 Cactus is an eccentric choice for family car buyers seeking a small, affordable five-door hatchback. It’s ageing, but still likeable.

For: Ride comfort, high spec, quirky cabin

Against: Some quality issues, poor infotainment, awful automatic

Verdict: The most soft-focus car in its class

Latest news: As 8 in 10 C4 Cactus customers choose the top-line Flair model anyway, Citroen has withdrawn the entry-level Feel variant. Flair also now gets standard keyless entry and front parking sensors – August 2019.

Citroen C4 Cactus

Citroen went out on a limb with the original C4 Cactus, a car as eccentric as some of its illustrious forebears.

For the 2018 update, the marque stripped away its identity, shrinking the Airbumps and imposing a more corporate look.

Still, pillowy suspension and lounge-like seats make for the most comfortable car in its class.

Elsewhere, it frustrates and delights in equal measure. Pop-out rear windows, the lack of a rev-counter and the reliance on a touchscreen for primary controls are minor irritations.

But other cabin details remain wonderfully satisfying.

Citroen C4 Cactus

The range has been slimmed to just one trim level, called Flair. There are two 1.2-litre petrol engines and a 1.5 diesel, with each one offering good performance and economy, thanks in part to low weight.

The 130hp 1.2 PureTech petrol only comes with a dimwitted automatic transmission, so steer clear.

We’d opt for a C4 Cactus Flair with the 110hp PureTech petrol and a manual gearbox.


  • Launched: 2014
  • Facelifted: 2018
  • Due for replacement: 2021
  • Euro NCAP score: Four stars
  • Warranty: Three years / 60,000 miles
  • Available body styles: Hatchback
  • Alternatives: Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Astra


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