The Cactus feels very much like an older Peugeot or Citroen product in its ride and handling balance. There’s a pliant ride over most surfaces – only larger road zits send a shudder through the cabin – and a sort of relaxing, loping gait on country roads and motorways.
At the same time, the car’s light weight means it’s not all at sea when the road gets twisty, and while there’s a reasonable degree of body roll these movements are well controlled.
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The steering isn’t quite as direct as in some rivals – in fact, it’s very light and a little slow to respond around the straight-ahead, which does make you wonder whether the car will react to your initial inputs – but once there’s some load through the tyres it’s precise enough. Like those old Peugeots particularly, the rear axle even feels like it’s helping to share the load – though the balance is ultimately safe, so you’ll rarely need any steering correction.
What it won’t do is entertain like an old Pug or Citroen hot hatchback. While that would normally be a disappointment, there’s something quite refreshing about the Cactus’s dismissal of superficial sportiness in favour of relaxation and more flowing driving characteristics.
In This Review
- 1Citroen C4 Cactus review - driver appeal of a different kind
- 2Citroen C4 Cactus performance and 0-60 time
- 3Citroen C4 Cactus engine and gearbox
- 4Citroen C4 Cactus ride and handling - currently reading
- 5Citroen C4 Cactus MPG and running costs
- 6Citroen C4 Cactus prices, specs and rivals
- 7Citroen C4 Cactus interior and tech
- 8Citroen C4 Cactus design