Citroen C4 Cactus – Sharp Performer In The MPG Stakes But Lacks Power!


Not often I want to recommend a petrol engine over derv but what the new Cactus really lacks is a bit of poke. A 100bhp HDi might sound perfect for this size of car – it isn’t.

The Cactus seems to have a range of super-frugal engines that sell on economy. However, even the 100bhp is tiresome to drive at low speed. It has very little pick-up from a standing start and twisty, low-speed roads mean plenty of gearbox changes.

Things improve slightly at high speed, where the five-speed Cactus we have on test moves along nicely. It’s when the revs drop that you have to start working the Citroen hard!

So, the PureTech 110bhp petrol might be worth a look. It still returns excellent mpg and has that extra bit of shove from under the bonnet. I’m getting 50mpg from the HDi – the official mpg figures are much higher but to achieve any kind of satisfactory performance, that is simply not possible…

Citroen Cactus – The Padded Car You Just Want To Kick…



It’s just natural – you see a padded car and you automatically want to check out how good those ‘air bumps’, as Citroen prefer to call them, really are. The idea is a good one. Protect the paintwork by effectively bubble wrapping the bodywork.

What has surprised me is how well the Cactus looks. I also didn’t realise how small the Cactus actually is! I’d say it’s just a bit more spacious than one of those Botox Minis. It’s quite tiny.

Also, why on Earth hasn’t somebody thought of an idea this simple before, to cope with the bump and bash of urban living? Maybe they have but I can’t recall such an ingenious idea.

So, if you buy a Cactus, be prepared for a a lot of people poking and prodding your car. I’m not sure it could cope with a full-on road rage attack but air bumps could be the way forward for angry drivers too!


Citroen C4 Cactus – Sharper Than Your Average Skoda Yeti?


Love it or hate it, the Citroen C4 Cactus has got people talking. Even those who care nothing about motoring are wondering what this ‘padded’ car is all about. Is it a concept, is it for real – or is it just ‘French’?

True, only Citroen could design and then sell cars like the 2CV, DS and CX. So why should we be taken aback by the whacky little Cactus?

I’ve only driven the car 12 miles to the station and back but already I’ve had more looks than I would with a topless supermodel on the front passenger seat. That includes one woman who almost managed a head-on in her Volvo XC90.

Most people will consider it an SUV – which puts it in the same category as the Renault Captur (see previous test), Nissan Juke and the Skoda Yeti.

However, none of those models will turn heads like the Cactus. It’s unusual, different and bordering on cool. Something you can’t say about a Yeti, of course…