Citroen C4 Cactus review - driver appeal of a different kind - Citroen C4 Cactus interior and tech

Not an 'evo' car in the traditional sense, the Cactus is nevertheless quite a likeable car

Evo rating
Price
from £12,990
  • Interior design, comfort, light weight
  • Overly light steering, quirky styling may put off some

The cabin is possibly one of the C4 Cactus’s best features. For a car that starts at such a modest price it’s a thoroughly refreshing piece of design.

While there are some hard plastics dotted about (and in fairly prominent positions, such as the door cards), they’re offset by some pleasingly tactile surfaces, soft fabrics and some really neat details, such as the luggage-strap door handles and upper glovebox lid.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

It’s a simple layout too, with most auxiliary functions handled by a central touchscreen system. This takes a little getting used-to and some unsteady prodding while on the move, but once you’ve lived with it for a week or so it’s simple enough to use and responds fairly quickly to inputs. Instruments are also digital, on a small panel in front of the driver. There’s no rev counter, which furthers the relaxing vibe. In all, there’s a sense of occasion in here that few other small crossovers get close to matching.

The major touch-points are all nice enough, though there’s a hint of long-arm/short-leg in the driving position that’d be solved if the steering column adjusted for reach as well as rake. The wide seats are much softer than most modern cars (more like an older Citroen in fact), which will suit some drivers and deter others – though they do lack side support if you’re driving enthusiastically.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Manual transmission models have a fairly conventional control layout but the automatic versions have a neat party trick, including an aircraft throttle-style low-mounted handbrake and dash-mounted gear selection buttons, both of which clear space for the front seat to become a bench. Very retro, though with no central seatbelt it doesn’t turn the Cactus into a six-seater car.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/features/202640/bmw-m4-competition-vs-mercedes-amg-c63-s-coupe-german-coupe-twin-test
Features

BMW M4 Competition vs Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe - German coupe twin test

The F82 BMW M4 is about to be put out to pasture, so does AMG’s recently fettled C63 S Coupe finally have its number?
18 May 2020
Visit/jaguar/202404/jaguar-project-8-evo-reader-experience
Advertisement Feature

Jaguar Project 8 evo reader experience

The Jaguar Project 8 is a 200mph marvel of engineering designed with one purpose in mind: to deliver the thrill of driving. We put some lucky evo read…
14 Apr 2020
Visit/features/18127/the-best-six-cylinder-engines-ever-we-pick-our-favourites
Features

The best six-cylinder engines ever – we pick our favourites

Six-cylinder engines can be found in cars of all kinds, good and bad. We collate the very best
13 May 2020
Visit/porsche/911/202636/porsche-911-carrera-to-be-turbo-only-as-manuals-stay
Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Carrera to be turbo only, as manuals stay

Porsche confirms the 911 Carrera won’t be available with a naturally aspirated engine again, but manuals stay. For now
17 May 2020