2018 Citroen C4 Cactus

2018 Citroen C4 Cactus Review

2018 Citroen C4 Cactus
The 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus

Caroline drives the 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus.

The Citroen C4 Cactus first went on sale in Ireland in 2014 at a time when crossovers were cool and hatchbacks were becoming less de rigeur.

In 2018 you could say we are still in this phase. Consider that Citroen used to market a C4 hatchback. Now that model has been discontinued and this second iteration of the Citroen C4 Cactus has been designed to plug the gap. As buyers continue to go gaga for crossovers, raised ride heights and SUV-inspired styling, the Citroen C4 Cactus seems like a car that could make a lot of people very happy.

What's new for the 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus?

For 2018, Citroen has toned down the styling of the C4 Cactus. It's marketed now as a C-segment hatchback but still with plenty of crossover attitude, like last year's Citroen C3 supermini. The innovative 'Airbumps' are less prominent, and have been moved further down. Customisation packs still feature so there is the option to keep your C4 Cactus discreet or go more colourful.

The dimensions of the 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus have not changed and once you slip inside, you are welcomed with a spacious airy feel to the cabin and wide, slim seats that add to a ‘lounge’ feel inside that characterises this current generation of Citroens. There are new 'Advanced Comfort®' seats and yes they are very comfortable and supportive!

The interior of the 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus
The interior of the 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus

The interior trim features quite a few hard black plastics but the two-tone colour scheme on my 'Flair' test model added some pleasant distraction. A digital instrument panel displays your speed and other relevant information, but there is no rev counter. So if you are the type of person that likes to keep an eye on your revs while driving, then this is not the car for you!

On a practical note interior space in the 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus remains competitive for this segment with rear accommodation more suitable for two rather than three. Weight-saving measures mean that there are still pop-out windows in the rear, but air conditioning is standard on all models. There’s a relatively high load lip but the boot makes up for it in outright space (358 litres), and a spare wheel included.

Pricing and equipment for the Citroen C4 Cactus

In Ireland there are three trim level: Touch, Feel and Flair. Pricing starts from €19,995 for an entry level Touch 1.2 petrol model or €22,195 for a diesel. Standard equipment on Touch models includes cruise control, 7” touchscreen, front fog lights, air con and LED daytime running lights.

Feel models start from €22,495 and add 17” alloys, rear privacy glass, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, auto lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, reversing camera, and automatic air con.

Rear seating space in the 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus
Rear seating space in the 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus

Flair models start from €24,495 and add an exterior colour pack, front parking sensors, Active Safety Brake, driver attention alert, speed sign recognition, lane departure warning and keyless entry/push button start.

The 1.2-litre turbo petrol is available in two outputs (110hp or 130hp), while the 1.6-litre diesel has 100hp. Manual or automatic gearboxes are available. Emissions are low with motor tax for the range from €180 to €200.

My test car was a 1.2-litre turbo petrol with 130hp, mated to a six speed manual gearbox. In Flair trim this model retails from €25,795.

What's the Citroen C4 Cactus like to drive?

On the road the 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus is softly sprung and soaks up uneven road surfaces very well. The C4 Cactus is the brand’s first car in Europe to use a new suspension system with’ Progressive Hydraulic Cushions’. With the perky petrol power of the 1.2-litre turbo petrol the C4 Cactus is agile and fun to drive, while also scoring for efficiency and running costs. It's lighter than rivals and feels it on the road. It's stable but doesn't have the same hunkered down feel in corners as some of its hatchback rivals and the steering is on the light side. But the C4 Cactus is more charming for being smooth, comfortable and quiet on the move.

The Citroen C4 Cactus range starts from €19,995 in Ireland
The Citroen C4 Cactus range starts from €19,995 in Ireland

Citroen is currently revolutionising its line up with some very current and comfortable models. The new positioning of the Citroen C4 Cactus is spot on: pitched as a hatchback but offering something completely different to rivals with its distinct, crossover-like styling. The interior can feel a bit budget in places and dynamically it's not the sharpest among rivals. The petrol models are particularly pleasant and efficient, but the real charm of the C4 Cactus is that it's just so relaxing to drive and spend time in!

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Citroen C4 Cactus Puretech 130 Flair
Price: 
€25,795 (Available from €19,995)
Engine: 1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
130hp
Torque: 230Nm
0-100km/h: 
8.2 seconds
Top speed: 193km/h
Claimed Economy: 
4.8l/100km
CO2 emissions:  
110g/km
Motor tax: 
€190 per year


Citroën C4 Cactus

Citroën C4 Cactus First Drive Review

Citroën C4 Cactus
The 2018 Citroën C4 Cactus

The new Citroën C4 Cactus will be arriving in Irish Citroen dealers in May. Since the quirky C4 Cactus arrived in Ireland in 2014, Citroen has had a rethink about the positioning of this car. For 2018, a new Citroën C4 Cactus arrives combining the best attributes of the C4 hatchback and the C4 Cactus crossover. Citroën says it’s moved the C4 Cactus from the B-segment to the C-segment. The car is now pitched as a hatchback but offers something completely different to rivals with its distinct crossover-like styling. Caroline attended the Irish launch of the new Citroën C4 Cactus in Dublin and Kildare this week and had an opportunity to drive the new car. The C4 Cactus goes on sale from €19,995.

Styling

The Citroën C4 Cactus is famous for its quirky design and protective ‘airbumps’. For the 2018 model, Citroën has toned down the look by moving the plastic cladding down the car. There is still cladding surrounding the whole car, which is a unique ‘crossover’ look for a C-segment hatchback. Though the C4 Cactus is pretty much the same size as the outgoing car, the styling update has been very successful: the C4 Cactus stands out as something really different from rivals without being too weird. The Citroën C3 influence is very evident, a car we like very much here at Changing Lanes. Customisation still features so there is the option to go discreet or more colourful. There are nine body colours to choose from and four colour packs.

Interior

The interior of the C4 Cactus is probably different to most cars you’ve sat into. Citroën is on a major mission to revolutionise car interiors and create calm, comfortable spaces that give a real feeling of well-being. The cabin of the C4 Cactus features a number of quirky features but is lacking some of the interior plushness and character of the baby C3 Aircross. There are a lot of hard plastics and weight saving measures meaning that in the rear there are still pop-out windows carried over from the outgoing model, and there is no rev counter. The new Advanced Comfort® seats are very comfortable. There are five cabin ‘ambiences’ that can be added, which are basically different colour schemes.

Citroën C4 Cactus
The interior of the Citroën C4 Cactus

Practicality

The Citroën C4 Cactus will seat five and feels spacious inside for this class of vehicle despite a compact footprint. The boot is a good size at 358 litres. There’s a relatively high load lip but it makes up for it in outright space, and a spare wheel included.

Engines

In Ireland the Citroën C4 Cactus is available with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol (110hp or 130hp) and a 1.6-litre diesel with 100hp. Manual or automatic gearboxes are available.

Citroën expects diesel to still take the lion’s share of sales but only just. At the Irish launch, I had the opportunity to test drive the 1.2-litre 110hp petrol and the 1.6-litre diesel. Emissions are low with motor tax for the range from €180 to €200.

The petrol engine really suits the car. It’s smooth and quiet on the move, nippy around town and refined for the motorway. The diesel is noisier and doesn’t feel as lively.

On the road

Citroën wants to be the benchmark for comfort in the compact class so aside from creating comfortable, calm interiors, the brand is also working on the suspension and driving character. The C4 Cactus is the brand’s first car in Europe to use a new suspension system with’ Progressive Hydraulic Cushions’. The car is beautifully soft over varied Irish road surfaces. The C4 Cactus is considerably lighter than rivals but it holds its own well on the road. The steering is light and easy making it great for urban driving. Through rural twisty roads there is some body roll and the light steering can feel a bit woolly when pushing on.

Citroën C4 Cactus
The Citroën C4 Cactus is back with a new look, more comfort, technology and refinement

Equipment

In Ireland, the new C4 Cactus is available in three trim levels: Touch, Feel and Flair. There are now 12 driver assistance systems on offer, including Active Safety Brake, Grip Control® and Lane Departure Warning. There are also two connectivity technologies including Citroën Connect Nav, and Mirror Screen functionality (Android Auto/Apple Carplay).

Standard equipment on Touch models includes cruise control, 7” touchscreen, front fog lights, air con and LED daytime running lights.

Feel trim adds some more styling, 17” alloys, rear privacy glass, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, auto lights and wipers, rear parking sensors and reversing camera, and automatic air con.

Flair trim adds an exterior colour pack, front parking sensors, Active Safety Brake, driver attention alert, speed sign recognition, lane departure warning and keyless entry/push button start.

Pricing

Irish pricing starts at €19,995 for an entry level Touch 1.2 petrol model. Feel models start from €22,495. Flair models start from €24,495. Diesels start at €22,195.

Rivals

The Citroën C4 Cactus will face competition from traditional stalwarts of the compact hatchback class including the Peugeot 308, Renault Megane, Hyundai i30 and Ford Focus.

Citroën C4 Cactus
The Citroën C4 Cactus goes on sale in Ireland priced from €19,995

Verdict

Citroën may have diluted down the styling of the C4 Cactus somewhat but it’s looking all the better for it. The new positioning also makes a lot of sense and it looks like a quirky alternative to traditional hatchbacks in the C-segment. There are cost-cutting measures around the car and the cabin quality reflects the pricing, but it’s still a nice relaxing place to be behind the wheel. The C4 Cactus is soft and effortless to drive, practical and of course comfortable for the family on board. The petrol model is particularly good and there is value to be had in the range with generous equipment.

Caroline Kidd


Citroen C4 Cactus

Revised Citroen C4 Cactus To Land In 2018

The quirky Citroen C4 Cactus has had a large makeover and is set to land in Ireland towards the middle of 2018.

Notably Citroen are dubbing it as a hatchback, not a crossover, and that's because production is ending of the rather unfashionable C4 hatchback, so the new Citroen C4 Cactus is to fill the gap.

The new car claims to merge the best bits of both cars: the comfort of the C4 and the individuality and personality of the Cactus.

The front end styling has been significantly revamped in line with the Citroen C3 family, while the back has also been revised.

Inside there is a new centre console, while many of car's functions are controlled by the centrally mounted touchscreen. In-car technology includes Mirror Screen Function with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay™ and MirrorLink®, Citroen Connect Nav and Citroen Connect Box incorporating Citroen’s Emergency & Assistance system that links to a specialised assistance platform in the event of a breakdown or accident.

Citroen C4 Cactus
The interior of the Citroen C4 Cactus

Driver assistance equipment and technologies for the 2018 model year include Active Safety Brake, Lane Departure Warning, Coffee Break Alert, Speed Limit Recognition, Blind Spot Monitoring and Reversing Camera.

There is a revised engine line-up for new Citroen C4 Cactus of diesel and petrol engines, with units now developing up to 130hp.

New C4 Cactus is the first model in Europe to be equipped with the Citroen brand’s new suspension system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ (PHC), and the first in the world to feature Advanced Comfort seats.

Sound insulation has also been improved.

Customisation will still be a key feature with up to 31 exterior customisation possibilities, with nine body colours and four Colour Packs,

Caroline Kidd