The Citroën C4 Cactus is a quirky small SUV that goes toe-to-toe with the likes of the Kia Soul, Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti. Consider it the French brand’s effort to go back to basics. To that end, Citroën 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 – but also helps the C4 Cactus weigh less, which improves fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The result isn’t perfect, but if you want SUV styling in an affordable package, it’s one of your best bets.
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 real-world fuel 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.