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...

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26 May 2017

New Citroën C4 Cactus vs Skoda Octavia

Our verdict

In the new C4 Cactus, Citroën has succeeded in building a car that’s memorable, but not for all the right reasons. Even if you can look past the infuriating infotainment system, awkwardly shaped boot and noisy engine, it’s hard to forgive the Cactus for its poor handling and largely disappointing ride.

That makes the Octavia’s win all the more convincing. Yes, it costs more to buy outright and run, but its extra practicality, more sophisticated ride and handling and better driving position make it the more appealing proposition. With such a broad range of abilities, the Octavia continues to be the best family car you can currently buy.

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1st – Skoda Octavia

New Citroën C4 Cactus vs Skoda Octavia

For Superior ride and handling; practical and spacious interior; better infotainment

Against More expensive to buy; average standard equipment; noisier suspension

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Citroën C4 Cactus

New Citroën C4 Cactus vs Skoda Octavia

For Plenty of standard equipment; quirky styling; cheaper to buy outright and run

Against Poor body control; vague gearshift; invasive engine noise; poor infotainment

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Citroën C4 Cactus

Engine 3cyl, 1199cc, turbo, petrol

List price £17,965

Target Price £14,802

Power 109bhp @ 5500rpm

Torque 151lb ft @ 1500rpm

Gearbox 5-spd manual

0-60mph 9.6sec

Top speed 117mph

Gov't fuel economy 65.7mpg

CO2 emissions 104g/km

Specifications: Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI 115 SE

Engine size 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol

List price £19,005

Target Price £17,315

Power 114bhp @ 5500rpm

Torque 148lb ft @ 2000-3500rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 9.5sec

Top speed 126mph

Gov't fuel economy 58.9mpg

CO2 emissions 110g/km


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