Slide into the C4 Cactus’s armchair-like driver’s seat and you immediately feel comfortable. The trouble is, you won’t stay this way for long, because the spongy material isn’t good for your posture, and adjustable lumbar support isn’t available – even as an option. Many drivers will also find it difficult to get comfortable due to the lack of steering wheel reach adjustment. If you have to bring your seat forwards to get closer to the wheel, for example, you may find that the seating position and the Citroën’s shallow footwell causes your knees to clash with the lower shroud of the steering column. At least the driver’s seat gets height adjustment as standard.
While the majority of the controls are conventionally placed and easy to access, all of the heating and ventilation controls are confined to the touchscreen display. This makes them hard to access on the move, and it can be distracting as a result. The steering wheel-mounted controls for the stereo and cruise control and speed limiter functions do work well, however.
Citroën C4 Cactus visibility
Not bad, but we’d recommend parking sensors
Forward visibility out of the C4 Cactus is acceptable, although depending on your seating position you may find elements of your view partially blocked by the front and side pillars. If you have your seat set far back, for example, you’ll sit almost parallel with the central pillar, creating a bit of a blind spot. Despite the fairly small rear windows, rearward visibility is adequate, too. The large rear pillars also create relatively big blind spots, but the side mirrors (although small) give a decent view of what’s behind you.
Flagship Flair models come as standard with a reversing camera and rear parking sensors, and you can also add front parking sensors. Opt for a mid-spec Feel version and you can specify rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera for a reasonable price, and we’d recommend it – it just makes the C4 Cactus easier to live with. Parking sensors and the camera are not available on entry-level Touch trim.
Citroën C4 Cactus infotainment
All versions get a 7in media system and DAB radio
Whichever Cactus you go for, you’ll get a smart-looking 7in touchscreen media system, which includes a DAB radio and an aux-in socket. It’s easy to use, but it isn’t the most response set-up we’ve come across. In particular, the buttons on the surrounding black bezel can require a few prods before they respond, which can make the system tricky to use if you simply want to change the display while driving. As well as media and heating functions, the touchscreen also offers trip computer readouts and the likes of an integrated calculator, which is quite neat.
Move up to the mid-spec Feel version and you’ll get Bluetooth, which pairs with your phone easily and quickly, while flagship Flair models feature an upgraded stereo and sat-nav. The sat-nav is a decent system, with a clear display and sensible instructions. You can opt for this upgrade on the Feel trim level (it’s not available on the entry-level version), and we’d recommend it because it’s not particularly expensive.
Citroën C4 Cactus build quality
A smart and decent quality cabin
The C4 Cactus feels like a well-built product, with decent materials and a plush feel to most of the prevalent areas. For example, the dashboard is trimmed with a soft, squidgy material, while the door armrests get thick padding. Even the plastics lower down the cabin feel decent quality.
Some neat attention to detail bolsters the C4 Cactus’s refined feel, such as the top-opening glovebox with faux leather straps and a few splashes of chrome-effect trim.
The switchgear isn’t the most positive around, but it feels pretty solid, and there are few rattles or creaks from the cabin – even when driving on rougher roads.