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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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