For It’s stylish, relatively comfortable and remarkably cheap to run. The 109bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine is strong and smooth.
Against The ride can be crashy on poorly surfaced roads and Citroen has loaded too many features on to the touch-screen system.
What Car? says
The Citroen C4 Cactus isn’t perfect, but if you want SUV styling in an affordable package, it’s one of your best bets.
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There are 11 Citroën C4 Cactus versions available
Target Price team says:
The Citroen C4 Cactus is the French brand’s effort to go back to basics. To that end, Citroen has stripped out many of the luxuries it thinks buyers in this market aren't bothered about; the rear windows pop out rather than wind down, for example.
This not only keeps the price down – to lower than those of many rivals, including the Nissan Juke – but also helps the C4 Cactus weigh less, which improves fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
Our favourite engine is the 109bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol. It pulls eagerly from low revs and stay relatively smooth – even when you work it hard. It’s also a lot quieter than the Blue HDi diesel, yet still managed an impressive 50mpg in our True MPG economy tests.
We’d go for mid-spec Feel trim, which comes with air-con, Bluetooth and a DAB radio. You may want to add the temptingly priced optional sat-nav system, though, which brings a more powerful stereo and a hard drive to store your music on.
Reader test team says:
ETG gearbox - Utterly ghastly. I didn't know men could make such things. Every gear change is irksome and degenerately transformative to the driving…