Citroen C4 Cactus

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The Citroen C4 Cactus is typical of the boundaries that the French giant love to push. It is a brilliant, funky and cool alternative to any hatchback on the market.


Like any other Citroen in the range, comfort is one of the Cactus most obvious merits. There is a choice of PureTech petrol engines and Blue HDi diesel engines. The 1.2 three cylinder PureTech 110 is the pick of the bunch delivering good level of power and it is less noisy than the 1.6 litre 4 cylinder diesel alternatives, although the diesel does deliver its power well. All variants are fitted with 5-speed manual gearboxes and thanks to the longer ratios, a sixth gear for motorway cruising is not missed. Despite being just 110bhp, the C4 Cactus never feels underpowered.

Ride & Handling

The C4 Cactus is overall a relaxing cruiser but it does have an element of fun to it too if you wish to push it a bit harder from time to time and it suits the character of the car. There is no real urgency about the Cactus and that’s no bad thing but when you do get up to speed it can be quite jittery on normal B roads. The characterful drive of an entry level Ford Fiesta, a Cactus does not have but its handling is perfectly adequate for the everyday driving that it will be used for by the majority of customers.


The cabin features a great retro minimalist design with a futuristic twist. The seats are soft and supple and you can even have a one piece style bench in the front if you opt for the automatic transmission. The upright touch screen and digital instrument binnacle are novel touches too. While the three cylinder 1.2 PureTech does like to rev, it is still far more refined than the diesel alternative. You can spec some larger wheels on the Cactus but they are still fitted with sizeable tyres so comfort is far from compromised. Its underpinnings are based mostly on that of its C3 sibling, hence its softness which may not be to everyone's liking.

Quality & Reliability

The Citroen C4 Cactus is leagues ahead its C3 sibling when it comes to the finish in the cabin. The Cactus design is unique in every way and a feature of the car you will never tire of looking at. The cheaper materials low down at feet level can be forgiven due to the overall quality to the finish of the rest of the interior. Annoyingly the rear windows only click open like an old school supermini and rear passengers are not afforded a wind down window. This can make the car feel somewhat chlosterphobic for backseat travellers particularly on longer journeys.

Safety & Security

Because the Cactus sits on C3 underpinnings, it too could only achieve 4/5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash test meaning it lacks some of the standard high tech safety equipment that comes with other family hatchbacks. It gets traction control, ABS and airbags as standard with a clever windscreen curtain airbag. The Cactus is a very safe car. They may not be a fundamental safety feature but the quirky air bumps that make up the majority of the exteriors styling work really well helping you to avoid car park clangers and shopping trolley scars.

Space & Practicality

While it may have the appearance of a compact crossover and rival cars like the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, it is in fact an elevated hatchback and is really more like a Volkswagen Golf on the inside. There is not a huge amount of adjustment in the front seat or steering wheel so that may not suit taller drivers. The top loading glovebox is a novel touch providing good storage space. The door pockets are big too particularly in the rear due the lack of a window winding mechanism. Boot space is not bad at 358 litres, but it can be increased further by rear seats that fold in a 60/40 split creating 1170 litres of space.

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Key Facts



C4 Cactus
Car Category
Family Hatch
First year of model production
Engine (L)
Gearbox Type
5 speed
Fuel type
Body Type
Price New
CBG Expert Rating

Running Costs

Tax Band
Average L/100 km
Average km/L
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
Fuel Tank Range
1063 km
Cost of filling a tank
Average Cost Per 200 km
CO2 emmissions
105 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km


Brake Horsepower
75 bhp
Max Power kW
Displacement - CC (Engine)
Engine Cylinders
Engine Position
Driven Wheels
Top speed
170 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
12.9 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Boot capacity
358 L


All Components
5 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year bodywork warranty
3 Year paint warranty
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance


Euroncap Star Rating

What Experts Say

Auto Express
You can see some of the 2CV's DNA in the C4 Cactus, especially in the modern car's simple, fuss-free design and comfortable ride.
Top Gear
Citroen goes back to its roots and gives us something completely different, cheap, cheerful and innovative.
What Car
The Citroën C4 Cactus has its foibles, but it’s a fine choice if you want SUV styling in a good-value, compact package.


Boot capacity
358 L
Tyre size front
195/65 R15 mm
Tyre size back
195/65 R15 mm

Technical Information

75 bhp