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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
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Kris Culmer
11 Dec 2018 17:50
  • 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: Prove that not everything has to be about sportiness

Price £18,090 Price as tested £19,815 Mileage 3920 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)


11 December 2018 – It's the little things

Often in life, very small things can prove very annoying. And while there are many things I'm enjoying about my C4 Cactus's infotainment system – namely its large touchscreen, quick response times and excellent DAB radio reception – there are some things that are starting to grate.

The most annoying is this: the stereo controls on the steering wheel are a roller and two adjacent buttons. Guess which controls the volume and which skips a song or changes the radio station...

citroen c4 cactus steering wheel

More irksome still is that if you turn off the touchscreen for night driving, it reactivates the second you press one of the stereo volumes.

And as What Car?’s sub-editor, this last one truly affronts me: when you’re reversing, the touchscreen displays ‘Check surroundings before maneuvering’. See that? A French word spelt the American way (in other words, incorrectly) in a French car that isn’t sold in America!

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