This is one of the C4 Cactus’s biggest strengths. It’s relatively cheap to buy, and even more affordable to run thanks to its impressive fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. For example, the Pure Tech 110 returned an impressive 50mpg during our True MPG real-world economy tests, which makes it an excellent choice for private buyers. Company car drivers should opt for the Blue HDi diesel, though, since its CO2 emissions are the lowest in the range.
Strong desirability should help keep resale values high, and you can still expect to get a reasonable amount off the list price by haggling with your dealer. Also, those Airbump side panels don’t only look cool; they help protect the bodywork from expensive scuffs and dents.
Citroën C4 Cactus equipment
Mid-range Feel specification is well equipped for the money
The trim levels are called Touch, Feel and Flair. Every model gets a 7in touchscreen system, a digital radio, USB socket and cruise control. Electric front windows are also standard, but the rear ones simply pop out manually; some rear passengers might not like that, so it’s worth bearing in mind.
We prefer mid-range Feel trim, which adds air-con, Bluetooth and a leather-trimmed steering wheel, plus gloss black exterior trim and body-coloured door handles.
Range-topping Flair versions have plenty of luxury kit, including sat-nav and a reversing camera, but they’re pretty pricey.
Citroën C4 Cactus reliability
Nothing to write home about
This model didn’t feature in our latest ownership satisfaction survey, although Citroën as a brand managed an average score for reliability. Previously, the brand had a reputation for problems, but many of its more recent cars have done much better on the reliability front.
A three-year/60,000-mile warranty is standard, and extended warranties are available at extra cost. Every C4 Cactus also gets a 12-year corrosion protection warranty and a three-year paint warranty, as well as a year’s free roadside assistance. This includes features such as nationwide recovery, a home call service and a replacement vehicle, but does not cover non-vehicle faults. Run out of fuel or suffer a puncture and it won’t be of any help, as a result.
Citroën C4 Cactus safety & security
Decent safety and security results
Every version comes with plenty of standard safety kit, including six airbags, stability control and a tyre-pressure-monitoring system. This helped the C4 Cactus achieve a solid four stars (out of five) in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2014. It was awarded 82% for adult occupant protection, 79% for child occupant protection, and 80% for pedestrian protection.
Insurance body Thatcham awarded the Citroën four out of five for guarding against being stolen, with a slightly disappointing three out of five for resisting against break-ins.
A space-saver spare wheel is optional and worth specifying, because it doesn’t cost much and could prevent you from being stranded on the side of the road for hours.
The basic C4 Cactus is cheap but pretty sparse. It comes as standard with 15in steel wheels, cruise control, electric front windows and door mirrors, a 7in touchscreen system, USB and aux-in sockets, and a DAB radio. It’s also available only with the lowest-powered engine, so we’d give it a miss.
Our pick Feel
This is our favourite trim level because it offers the best blend of equipment and price. It adds air-con and Bluetooth to the specification of Touch models, along with a lot of cosmetic upgrades, including 16in alloy wheels and a leather steering wheel.
You’ll pay a fairly large premium for a Flair model, but you do get a lot of extra kit, including sat-nav, an upgraded stereo, a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors, climate control, heated door mirrors, and automatic lights and wipers. There are some visual tweaks, too, such as 17in alloys and tinted rear glass.