What's the used Citroën C4 Cactus like?
Once upon a time it would have been unthinkable for a Citroen to have been anything but a style leader, but the firm went through a long period of hardship and one of the casualties of that was its avant garde, and potentially off-putting, design language.
However, a brace of Picasso-dubbed MPVs hinted at a potential rethink to this remit, and, when the C4 Cactus appeared on the scene in 2014, it truly heralded the return of design flair to its cars.
This quirky five-door hatchback is the firm’s take on the fashionable small SUV, with extra-added eye-catching Airbumps along the side and vivid and contrasting colour options to match. At heart it’s a rugged and practical little family car, based, to keeps costs and weight down, on the platform of the smaller Citroen C3.
Underneath that appealing styling is a range of frugal petrol and diesel engines, with many dipping below the 100g/km of CO2 emissions level. We prefer the petrol options for their refinement, especially the three-cylinder 1.2 Puretech 110, which adds a turbocharger for more sprightly performance. On the road, the C4 Cactus is set up to feel on the soft side, with a comfortable ride, most of the time, and secure handling, despite quite a lot of roll in the corners.
There’s a wide choice of trims, too, called Touch, Feel, Flair, Flair Edition and Onetone. Every model gets a 7in touchscreen, as well as a DAB radio, electric front windows and cruise control. You have to step up to Feel trim to get air-con and Bluetooth, and that’s what we would look for.
New, its purchase price undercuts many similarly sized rivals, and viewed as a used buy the C4 Cactus now looks like a surprisingly sensible choice.