Citroen C4 Cactus video review

Citroen’s bubble-wrapped Cactus dares to be different, and doesn't lose touch.

Citroen’s oh-so-Frenchy and chic compact SUV that’s big on X-factor. Its colourful and characterful concept car looks wrap a practical package that urban dwellers should find easy to live with. 

It’s a brand new car and a bold entry into the baby high-rider segment for Citroen. The French carmaker says its unconventional appearance isn’t different just for the sake of it. We find out whether it’s a step too far, and whether Citroen remembered to build a car that’s good to drive once the quirks are set aside. 

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Its styling will polarise, but if you fall in love with the charisma of the Cactus, you won’t be let down by the way it drives, or its usefulness. A utilitarian nature is part of the Cactus charm, and a result of Citroen’s traditionally French approach, valuing practicality, comfort and fun. There’s polish to its ride and handling, and the 1.2-litre petrol is a triumph of engineering. Sadly, the semi-auto gearbox does spoil the diesel engine option. 

PLUS: Cheap to run, fun to look at, genuinely practical, supple ride
MINUS: no proper auto gearbox, driving position not good for taller folk 

Model: 2016 Citroen C4 Cactus
Engine: 1199cc 3cyl, dohc, 12v, turbo
Max power: 81kW@5500 rpm
Max torque: 205Nm@1500rpm
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Weight: 1020kg
0-100km/h: 9.3sec (claimed)
Fuel economy: 4.7L/100km
Price: $26,990
On sale: Now


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