New Citroen C4 Cactus

New Citroen C4 Cactus

The New Citroën C4 Cactus is a seriously updated hatch featuring a unique personality and outstanding levels of comfort. Features include a suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ and Advanced Comfort Seats making it one of the most comfortable hatch's on the market right now.

Exterior design

​Boasting elegance, unique styling and classic Citroën​ graphics that underscore the body flow including Airbump® on the lower part of the doors​, the new C4 Cactus is a breath of fresh air in the hatch segment. Two-tiered front headlights and a 3D LED light signature at the rear are elements that compliment the organic and fluid design of the bold C4 Cactus. Featuring a new, broader front end and sharper headlights the new C4 Cactus is always recognisable.

A continuous glass waistline thanks to 360° window surface and a floating roof gives the new C4 Cactus a spacious feel and with 31 customisation possibilities thanks to nine body colours and four colour packs, you really are spoilt for choice when choosing your new C4 Cactus.​

Interior design

The new C4 Cactus marks a major step forward in the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme. Featuring Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ (PHC) and the first in the world to be equipped with Advanced Comfort Seats, the new C4 Cactus can provide you and your passengers with exceptional levels of comfort on any journey.

The Advanced Comfort Seats are an innovative design that combine high density foam in the seat centre with thick textured foam on the surface. Comfort and support are evident at all times.

In addition, 12 driving aids and 3 connectivity systems allow all passengers to travel stress-free and easy.​


The suspension in the new C4 Cactus is a world exclusive with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ that are designed to filter and absorb major and minor surface imperfections to give all passengers the sensation of flying over the road while maintaining outstanding poise and vitality. Compared to traditional suspension systems, the new system in the C4 Cactus adds two hydraulic stops, one for compression and the other for decompression.

Also onboard are 12 driver assistance systems that provide extra reassurance and safety in day-to-day driving by fighting against drowsiness or simple moments of inattention and preventing the risk of accidents. Passengers can also benefit from 3 connectivity systems. Stay connected, dialogue, navigate and relax thanks to Citroën Connect Nav technology, the Mirror Screen function with Android Auto, Apple Car Play™, MirrorLink® and Citroën Connect Box.

12 Driver Assistance Systems:

  • Park Assist
  • Reversing Camera
  • Keyless Entry and Start
  • Hill Assist
  • Grip Control
  • Cornering Light Function
  • Active Safety Brake
  • Speed Limit Recognition System and Recommendation
  • Land Departure Warning
  • Coffee Break Alert
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Blind Spot Monitoring

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First Drive: The Citroen C4 Cactus has moved upmarket – but not entirely successfully

What is it?

From the daft name to the eye-catching air bumps strewn across the side panels, everything about the previous-generation Citroen C4 Cactus was designed to be just a little bit different to the norm. But with the new C3 Aircross taking its place as the mini-SUV in Citroen’s range, the C4 Cactus has moved upmarket to fill the void left by the C4 hatchback when it was taken off sale last year.

That gives it a mixture of mini-SUV and hatchback styling cues, and a price tag somewhere between the two market sectors. It also debuts some innovative new tech that will eventually be rolled out to most of Citroen’s cars.

What’s new?

The big news here is Citroen’s ‘Advanced Comfort’ system. Anybody who’s driven a Citroen built in the 90s or earlier can’t help but remember the pillowy ride bestowed by sophisticated hydraulic suspension – and that’s what the brand has tried to recreate on the Cactus.

It’s not a full hydraulic system, but it gains hydraulic dampers on either side of the usual shock absorber to help reduce the impact from bumps while still keeping the car stable. Advanced Comfort also brings added soundproofing and some excellent new seats, which are very comfortable indeed and a real highlight of the car’s interior.

Teal Citroen C4 Cactus driving alongside a river

​What’s under the bonnet?

The Cactus’ petrol-focused lineup consists of three versions of the 1.2-litre PureTech engine. The entry-level car has just 81bhp, which is fine around town but gutless on the motorway. The higher-powered 109bhp unit is the pick of the range with plenty of punch, though it’s mated to a baggy five-speed manual gearbox. The six-speed ‘box that comes with the 128bhp engine is far superior.

There’s also a diesel unit, which offers incredible fuel economy, but the petrols are so good it’s not really necessary. There’s also a six-speed automatic available on some models, but it’s not the best either – it’s hesitant at take-off and has a tendency to jerk when you put your foot down. 

What’s it like to drive?

The Cactus’ trick suspension is undoubtedly clever, and it gives the car a comfortable ride over all surfaces. It’s not the sort of quantum leap we were hoping for though, and the Cactus is no luxury limo. Also, while it copes well with bumpy roads, the suspension is uncomfortably floaty on motorways and smooth A-roads.

Head into a corner with a bit of speed and the Cactus remains quite flat, but the lifeless and over-light steering doesn’t inspire much confidence. It’s certainly not a sports car, but most buyers won’t care about that.

​How does it look?

The first Cactus was instantly recognisable, with massive plastic ‘Airbumps’ panels on the side. The new model tones this down, and the airbumps are smaller – while the remainder of the body has been smoothed over, and there are new 3D-effect taillights.

The stacked front headlight arrangement remains, with LED daytime running lights set above head- and fog-lamps, while the distinctive grille includes Citroen’s double chevron logo.

Inside, very little has changed from the outgoing model, but the centre console has had a mild redesign. It’s still fairly stylish though, with a suitcase-style glovebox and leather straps acting as door pulls.

What’s it like inside?

The Cactus’ stylish interior is a little compromised. Everything’s controlled by a large central touchscreen. The cabin is roomy, though, and very comfortable thanks to the new seats. These use a clever arrangement of varying density foam, so while they look flat and unsupportive they’re remarkably body-hugging and accommodating.

Interior of the Citroen C4 Cactus

What’s the spec like?

The main trim levels are Feel and Flair, which both come generously equipped. Base spec Feel models get a seven-inch touchscreen with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, air-conditioning and cruise control. Electric front windows are also standard, but the rears simply pop-out, so there’s no electric control there.

Flair adds sat-nav and a reversing camera, while all models can be personalised with exterior colours, different wheels and interior ‘moods’.


The new C4 Cactus is undoubtedly more appealing to the majority of people, and there’s no denying that the new hydraulic suspension gives it a seriously comfortable USP.

No version is truly without compromise though, so there’s still a certain level of irritating quirks you’ll have to put up with. Nevertheless, the new Cactus is interesting, decent to drive, and cheap to own, which alone should be enough to put it on your shortlist.

Facts at a glance

Model as tested: Citroen Cactus

Engine: 1.2-litre petrol

Power (bhp): 109

Torque (Nm): 205

Max speed (mph): 117

0-60mph: 9.0 seconds

MPG (combined): 58.9

Emissions (g/km): 104

Rear view of a white Citroen C4 Cactus


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*Finance offers apply to qualifying new vehicles ordered and delivered between 01/04-30/06/19. Offers available to qualifying retail customers excluding PSA UK Finance UK Contract Hire. 3 years’ 0% APR Conditional Sale with 10% deposit available on C3 (excluding Touch), C3 Aircross SUV (excluding Touch), New C5 Aircross SUV, New Berlingo, C4 Cactus Hatch, C4 SpaceTourer and Grand C4 SpaceTourer. 4 years’ 0% APR Conditional Sale with minimum 20% deposit available on C3 (excluding Touch), C3 Aircross SUV (excluding Touch), New C5 Aircross SUV, New Berlingo, C4 Cactus Hatch, C4 SpaceTourer and Grand C4 SpaceTourer. 3 years’ Elect 3 0% APR available on C1 Flair and Flair Edition and C4 Cactus Hatch. 4 years’ Elect 3 0% APR available on C3 (excluding Touch) and C4 Cactus Hatch. 3 years’ Low Cost Elect 3 2.9% APR available on C1 (excluding Flair and Flair Edition). Finance offers apply to UK Mainland only. All Citroën Elect 3 products quoted with compulsory Citroën Assistance. Finance subject to status. Guarantees may be required. Over 18s only. Elect 3 examples based on 6,000 miles per annum. Excess mileage charges will apply if you exceed the agreed annual mileage. Written quotations available on request from PSA Finance UK Ltd, RH1 1QA. Citroen UK Ltd is acting as a credit broker and is not a lender.