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Used Citroen C4 Cactus vs Suzuki Vitara

Fashion meets rationality; but which is the best used buy out of the CitroΓ«n C4 Cactus and Suzuki Vitara?

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Our Verdict

It’s a very close call. The C4 Cactus has the better engine and a more stylish, upmarket interior, but the Vitara has more equipment, is better to drive and has a more practical interior.

But, as is often the way when running a used test, cost plays a major factor in deciding an overall winner. A used Vitara SZ-T with around 20,000 miles will set you back around Β£11,500; a C4 Cactus Feel with similar mileage is Β£2500 less. Were the difference a few hundred pounds, we’d suggest that the Vitara would be the better purchase, but when the saving is this great, it’s hard to ignore how much of a bargain the C4 Cactus is.

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1st – CitroΓ«n C4 Cactus

For Lower CO2 emissions; strong and smooth engine; stylish interior; low price

Against Lack of steering wheel adjustment; less standard kit; fiddly touchscreen

Verdict A good all-rounder and excellent value

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Suzuki Vitara

For Good to drive; practical interior; lots of kit

Against Comparatively high CO2 emissions; expensive to buy

Verdict The impressive Vitara misses out due to its vastly higher price

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: CitroΓ«n C4 Cactus 1.2 PureTech 110 S&S Feel

Engine size 1.2-litre petrol

List price when new Β£15,890

Price today Β£9000*

Power 109bhp

Torque 151lb ft

0-60mph 9.5sec

Top speed 117mph

Fuel economy 60.1mpg (official average)

CO2 emissions 107g/km


Specifications: Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T 2WD

Engine size 1.6-litre petrol

List price when new Β£15,499

Price today Β£11,500*

Power 118bhp

Torque 115lb ft

0-60mph 9.5sec

Top speed 112mph

Fuel economy 53.3mpg (official average)

CO2 emissions 123g/km


Price today is based on a 2015 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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