French manufacturer Citroen have made big headlines in 2015 thanks to their C4 Cactus. The unique appeal of its aesthetic look was always going to evoke a reaction. But upon closer inspection, this car is truly something special and is easily deserving of the plaudits.
The Madrid-produced car was named Carbuyer Car of the Year for 2015, which is a testimony to its brilliance. The crossover hatchback boasts an array of fantastic features and it’s not hard to understand the hype. Its quirkiness has certainly reaffirmed Citroen’s position as an innovative manufacturer.
At a glance, everyone will be attracted to the unique ‘Airbump’ side panels. These are designed to help decrease damage suffered in car parks, but the contrasting colour options give the car an added sense of character. Any driver looking for an affordable car that stands out from the crowd would be advised to consider this option for these panels alone.
However, gimmicky side panels are far from being the C4 Cactus’ only positive feature. Citroen models aren’t always heralded for safety and reliability. But sharing the same underpinnings as the C3 serve this car well. Meanwhile, Citroen servicing offers make long-term care easy and cheap for owners.
The positive safety and reliability will be welcomed by families. Let’s not forget that, despite the cool appearance, this is still very much a vehicle aimed at the modern family. It’s an SUV-like appearance makes it one of the most affordable options for those wanting a spacious drive. A 358-litre boot is a more than adequate while the raised height is a nice addition for passengers too.
This car isn’t just practical, it’s economical too. Fuel economy hits an impressive 90 miles per gallon. Combined with the relatively low price of purchase, it is a great option for those on a fairly modest budget. In fact, it starts at just over £12,000. Quite frankly, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better deal on the market. The fact this car adds a healthy slice of personalisation only makes it a more tempting prospect.
Its performance is equally impressive too. A 0-60 time of just over 10 seconds is pleasing for a car of this size while the light handling makes it a particularly smooth drive. Nonetheless, the main attraction to this car is the sheer aesthetic pleasure.
For most of us, a supercar is out of the question due to price and practicality. The C4 Cactus offers a far better option of acquiring the wow factor, without sacrificing your other needs as a driver. The LED lamps above the headlights, body shape and quirky appeal make it a true winner.
The Citroen C4 Cactus has come a long way since starting life as the C-Cactus concept car in 2007. It had already caught our attentions back then. The final product is one of the most distinctive on the market, signalling Citroen’s return to form.
If you’re looking for an economical drive with bags of character, look no further than C4