New Citroën C4 Cactus vs Skoda Octavia

Citroën has reinvented the C4 Cactus as an oddball family hatchback. That means it now faces the class-leading Skoda Octavia...

New Citroën C4 Cactus vs Skoda Octavia

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

These cars may be chalk and cheese in terms of design, but they both spoil their front-seat occupants with the amount of space on offer. Head and leg room are plentiful in both cases, while the Octavia in our recommended SE trim comes with a handy armrest between the front seats with a large storage box underneath it for those essential road-trip snacks.

In the rear seats, three children will easily fit side by side in both cars. Being the wider car, the Octavia is less of a squeeze for a trio of adults, though. It also has much more head and leg room than the Cactus.

New Citroën C4 Cactus vs Skoda Octavia

Like the Octavia, the Cactus now has 60/40 split-folding rear seats (the previous model’s folded in one big piece), but its boot remains smaller than those of most rivals – not ideal when it’s up against the Octavia, which has the largest load bay in this class.

Granted, the Octavia isn’t perfect; there’s a pronounced lip at its entrance and no height-adjustable boot floor. But while the Cactus’s boot will easily swallow six carry-on suitcases, the Octavia can manage a whopping 11.

Citroën C4 Cactus

Official boot capacity 358-1170 litres Suitcase capacity 6

New Citroën C4 Cactus vs Skoda Octavia

Rear leg room is reduced in the Cactus due to the fitment of armchair-like front seats. And despite the fact that it has a more traditional hatchback shape, head room is surprisingly tight in the rear. Rear seatbacks now split 60/40.

Skoda Octavia

Official boot capacity 590-1580 litres Suitcase capacity 11

New Citroën C4 Cactus vs Skoda Octavia

The fabric of the Octavia’s seats feels cheap compared with the Cactus’s, but lateral support is just about ideal and you can get nice and low behind the wheel. The Octavia’s boot is also much larger and of a more uniform shape.