2017 Citroën C4 Cactus
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2017 Citroën C4 Cactus

The 2017 Citroën C4 Cactus is a small crossover SUV that keeps its price down and its styling very much to the fore. It's only been around for just over three years, but this compact car has made a big impression with industry observers and buyers alike in that relatively short time. There's a lot to like about the Citroën C4 Cactus beyond its funky styling though, so let's take a closer look.

Exterior styling

There really is no other place as appropriate to start when looking at this vehicle in closer detail than the exterior styling. The first things that grab the immediate attention of anyone seeing the C4 Cactus for the first time are the plastic panels on the side, which are known as its "airbumps." They may well be the standout feature, but the whole design is towards the different end of the spectrum with what appear to be upside down headlamps and something of a squat, chunky feel. There's definitely a ruggedness to the way the Citroën appears, especially in black, but this is still very much a city car that's perfectly at home in that particular environment.

Model range

While some cars on the smaller side of things often come with just two or three trim levels, there's an incredible amount of choice offered to buyers with the Cactus lineup as there are always special editions adding to the three basic trims. There are currently no less than seven models, and they're certainly different enough from each other for each to justify its place in the family. The entry model to the range is the Cactus Touch, and from there the range goes upwards to the Feel, Flair, Flair Edition, Onetone, Rip Curl and finally the top-of-the-range Cactus W. There are also an almost bewildering array of available colours and other options for making your Cactus almost as individual as you are.

Engines and performance

There are plenty of engines to choose from too, which are a mix of three-cylinder petrols and four-cylinder diesels. The smallest and least powerful engine is a 75 bhp 1.2-litre petrol, but there are also 82 and 110 bhp versions as well as the 100 bhp, 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesels. There really isn’t a bad engine among them, but the most powerful petrol is well worth trying out as it delivers an excellent blend of performance and fuel efficiency. The 110 bhp petrol is a little quieter and more refined than a diesel, but the diesels are the way to go if optimum fuel economy is your goal.

Features and equipment

There's really no such thing as a really basic version of the 2017 Citroën C4 Cactus. Even the entry level Cactus Touch come standard with the likes of DAB radio, a USB socket, tyre pressure monitors, 7-inch Touch Drive interface and daytime LED running lights. From the Flair model onwards, standard kit even runs to the Navigation and Hi-Fi Pack, parking sensors, reversing camera, Bluetooth connectivity and media streaming and a whole lot more besides.

The 2017 Citroën C4 Cactus is available now from Sportif Citroen, so for more information and to arrange a test drive in this outstanding compact crossover, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.