Citroën's C4 line-up has grown with the addition of the Cactus model, and the new addition to the family signals a radical design approach from the French carmaker. Functionality was a major priority during developments, and how successful has Citroën been?
The automaker has certainly succeeded in creating a vehicle that stands out, with unique features evident from every angle. The flanks hold revolutionary 'Airbump' panels, constructed from Thermoplastic Polyurethane and containing air pockets to protect against minor bumps and scrapes. The same innovation is found at the front to shield the headlamps, which sit below LED daytime running lights. The floating roof has been carried over from the concept model, and it includes roof rails for added practicality. The car rests on futuristic alloy wheels, which highlight the forward-thinking approach Citroën has taken.
The cabin has been stripped back to remove unwanted clutter, and with a generous amount of technology included, time at the wheel is rewarding. Sofa-style front seats are luxuriously comfortable, and space is ample even for the tallest passengers. Three ambiences and six interior seat trims are offered so buyers can mould the finished product to their own tastes.
It's clear the carmaker placed great emphasis on style and function with the Cactus, and thankfully there's been no compromise on performance as a result. Its BlueHDi diesel engine brings CO2 emissions down to 82g/km, while combined fuel economy impresses at up to 91.1mpg. The alternative powertrains include a 1.2-litre PureTech VTi and the turbocharged PureTech e-THP for those requiring extra muscle, and Citroën claims running costs are 20 percent lower than benchmark vehicles in the segment.
The Cactus' technology aims to make the user's experience simple, and achieves this by grouping controls on a single seven-inch Touch Drive interface. Sat nav, smartphone connectivity, air conditioning and driver aids are all commanded from here, and hands-free Bluetooth is also included.
The driver aids include Park Assist and a reversing camera for safer manoeuvring, while Hill Start Assist holds the car still for two seconds when pulling away on a slope. As expected, the cockpit includes various strategically-placed airbags, and the bag placed in front of the passenger has been moved to the roof for added storage space in the dash.
Touch (in addition to Feel)
Flair (in addition to Feel)
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