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...
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.
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
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.
Official boot capacity 590-1580 litres Suitcase capacity 11