Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 11 Nov 2015
When it comes to being unique and breaking conventions, Citroën are no stranger to doing so. Introducing Citroën’s C4 Cactus.
The C4 Cactus looks like nothing else on the roads, to start it features body panels known as AirBump, these clever little pockets of air along the side of the vehicle, stop most unnecessary knocks and bumps, which often come as a result of a simple trip to a supermarket carpark.
The Airbump side panels are just the beginning, when you walk around the vehicle, you notice that it features rear windows, which integrate into the body shape, the reason that Citroën could achieve this bold design, is because the rear windows open outwards on a latch-system rather than conventional electric or manual windows. The roof line of the C4 Cactus also features very funky piano black roof rails.
Seen from the front parked along the Signal Hill mountain pass in Cape Town, you notice the Citroën also features some sexy LED eyelids.
If you think that the bold styling stops at Citroën’s body, just wait until you step inside the vehicle. Once inside you are soothed back into it’s extremely comfortable sofa style seats, and this further enhanced by Citroën’s silky smooth ride quality, as we have grown custom too from the days of the old DS and XM models. There are a couple of strange element’s which feature within the vehicle that I don’t like. For a start, the C4 Cactus features central air conditioning vents, driver air vents, but leaves both the front and rear passengers without. Tilting the air vents in your direction, while driving, also further reduces and ultimately closes off the flow of cooling air if tilted too far towards the driver, though this can be confusing, if you learn to work with it, the air conditioning system does work well.
The air conditioning system is controlled through the central 7” Citroën media interface, although this remains a clear and functional system, having to adjust your air conditioning settings while drive remains both challenging and can be tricky while focusing on the road. The rear seating within the C4 Cactus is catered for, by means of a single bench seat, while this remains comfortable, its all-in-one form factor means that it is not quite as practical as split folding seating, as seen with most cars within this segment.
The Citroën C4 Cactus 1.2 Shine range topping edition which I used during the review is propelled by a 1.2 litre turbo-charged engine, which is a masterpiece. It pulls phenomenally well, and delivers exceptional consumption figures thanks to its compact size.
The Citroën C4 Cactus is real Marmite kind of car, you either hate it, or you love it, I choose the latter of the two. I am a massive fan of the way in which this vehicle makes me feel and although it has it’s quirks, the overall bold styling and touches that it offers thanks to it’s Citroën heritage make it feel really special and a very enjoyable vehicle to drive.
Key Features include:
- 2 Litre 3 Cylinder Turbocharged engine
- Suggested 4.7 l / 100 km combined fuel consumption
- 0 – 100 Km’s in 9.3 secs (Top Speed 188 Km/h
- 81 KW of power and 205 NM of Torque
- SA Pricing ranging from R224 900 – R284 900
Watch my driving review of the Citroën C4 Cactus: