Citroen C4 Cactus is ideally suits to Irish roads
The fronts of the current Citroens are very distinctive and appealing scoring a bullseye with very sophisticated and unique looks.
Their range is eye-catching in their own right and dont need a trick to catch your eye. The airbumps on the first-generation Cactus were perceived as such and despite their car park dent prevention prowess were not liked by buyers. The new model hasn't entirely dispensed them but they are a lot less in your face. The new Cactus look is more grown up and mature. My only looks quibble is that the rear light clusters create a sad face look.
It now comes with a host of innovative technologies like Advanced Comfort Programme and Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. The advanced comfort seats are wondrous and next to the time I was enveloped by seats in a Citroen C3 Aircross, I never felt better. The Progressive Hydraulic Cushions are Citroens latest way of preventing road imperfections from entering the cabin. Basically, there are two cushions at either end of the spring/shock combination that absorb impacts and dissipate them as opposed to rebounding to create a floating, magic carpet ride.
A quick trip in a Cactus on one of our equally legendary roads will demonstrate this perfectly. I like it a lot and like the supreme comfort it delivers. In Ireland this should be a prized quality but for some reason we don’t embrace it enough.Thus, the Cactus is not bought for rallying or racing. Typical buyers are looking for flair and enhanced comfort. Unsurprisingly the top trim spec is called Flair with Touch and Feel the other two.
Safety is extensively captured by the 12 driver assistance systems available including active safety brake and lane departure warning. Inside the original minimalist concept remains but the spec isn't minimal with all the usual goodies present captured mainly in the central display.
Power is provided by the PureTech engines that pack punch but not a punch at the pumps. They are some of the best power/frugal small 3-cylinder petrol engine combos available with three power outputs, and a diesel to choose from.
Pricing is very competitive indeed for a car that now sees the Golf and Focus as its main competitors with an enormous €5k saving between the entry level Cactus (€19,995) and Focus – wow.
If ever a car was more suited to Irish driver needs and Irish roads it’s the Cactus.
Under the Hood
Model Tested - Cactus Feel 110 EAT6 S&S
Engine - Petrol 1,199 cc , 110PS, 205Nm
0-100km/hr - 8.9s
Top Speed - 195 km/hr
Urban Fuel Consumption - 5.3ltrs / 100kms
Price - €24,995
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