Cactus pricing starts at £12,990 for a PureTech 75 manual in ‘Touch’ trim. The kit list is fairly basic but not miserly – the 7-inch touchscreen is standard, for instance, as are front electric windows, electric door mirrors, cruise control, a USB input for connecting phones, and DAB radio. You do miss out on satnav for the screen though, and wheels are 15-inch steelies.
You also only get the 74bhp petrol engine, so Feel trim, with the 81bhp unit and a spec list including aircon, a leather steering wheel and 16-inch alloys, may be more appealing.
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The least you can pay for the turbocharged petrol is £16,455 (in Feel trim) and the cheapest diesel, also in Feel trim, is £17,185.
The choice of potential rivals is large. The Cactus technically sits in the C-segment, which includes cars like Citroen’s own C4 (hence the name) and the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and others. But in terms of pricing, it’s closer to cars in the supermini class – think Polos, Fiestas and the like.
And in terms of ethos, it’s a small crossover, which puts cars like the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Ford Ecosport and Mazda CX-3. Of them all the CX-3 is probably the most ‘evo’, capturing some of the Mazda MX-5’s spirit and wrapping it up in a practical body. It feels more upmarket than the Citroen but then it’s also a fair bit more expensive.