Citroën C4 Cactus long-term test review

Citroën's funky C4 Cactus is aimed at family buyers who prioritise comfort. We've got four months to see if it delivers...

Citroen C4 Cactus long-term
  • The car: Citroën C4 Cactus Puretech 110 Feel
  • Run by: Kris Culmer, sub-editor
  • Why it’s here: To prove that comfort can take priority in a family hatchback
  • Needs to: To prove that not everything has to be about sportiness

Price £18,090 Price as tested £19,815 Mileage 3565 Official economy 55.4mpg Test economy 45.0mpg Options fitted Connect Nav and Connect Box (£800), metallic paint (£495), City Camera Pack (£250), white foglight surround and Airbump highlight (£180)

29 October 2018 – Cupholder calamity

I was quite proud of the job I’d done of cleaning my C4 Cactus, for the whole time from finishing up to arriving at a roundabout roughly five minutes later.

Around I went, and over went my sugary drink. Perhaps someone or something is trying to tell me something. Or, more likely, it’s because the cupholders are too large for a regular-sized can – despite being too small for many larger things, such as a water bottle or coffee flask.

Citroen C4 Cactus long-term cupholder

Normally, even in a car without ideally sized cupholders or rubber grips to hold things in place, that would be okay, because sudden lateral movement would simply tilt the can into the side of its holder. But the surrounds of the C4 Cactus’s holders are so low that drinks are simply sent flying.

A result of overzealous driving? Nope: not only did this occur at 15mph, but also a colleague driving a Citroën C3 Aircross recently for sister mag Autocar had a near-identical experience.

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