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Citroën C4 Cactus

(2015 - present)

The Citroën C4 Cactus is a medium-sized hatchback that sits somewhere between conventional family hatchbacks (like the Ford Focus or) Volkswagen Golf and similarly-sized SUV/crossover models (like the Nissan Qashqai or Ford Kuga).

The C4 Cactus arrived in the UK in the middle of 2014, and was widely praised for its unconventional design and focus on comfort ahead of performance. It received many awards here in the UK and abroad, but in 2018 it was restyled to look more conventional with styling that was more in line with the rest of the Citroën family.

Since its mid-life update, the Citroën C4 Cactus hasn’t rated as highly with the UK motoring media, many of whom have lamented the shift away from the original car’s distinctiveness to a more mainstream budget offering. The updated model has been praised for its comfort and added safety protection over the earlier model, but it has been criticised for average performance and uninvolving driving dynamics.

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Body style: Five-door hatch
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £18,820 on-road

Launched: Summer 2014
Last updated: Spring 2018
Replacement due: 2021?


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

The Car Expert


Auto Express


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Honest John




The Sun


The Telegraph


Top Gear


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Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: October 2014









Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Citroën C4 Cactus has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Citroën C4 Cactus has received


  • Diesel Car & Eco Car Used Top 50 – Best Used Medium Car


  • Carwow Awards – Comfort Award


  • Auto Express Awards – Small SUV of the Year


  • Honest John Awards – Most Popular Small Family Car
  • DieselCar Awards – Best Compact Crossover


  • World Car Awards – World Car Design of the Year
  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Small Hatchback of the Year
  • Carbuyer Car of the Year Awards – Car of the Year + Best Economical Car
  • Motor Trader Awards – New Car of the Year
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Compact SUV
  • DieselCar Car of the Year Awards – Car of the Year
  • Tow Car Awards – Winner, Ultralight Tow Car category
  • Car Design News – Production Car of the Year
  • International Automobile Festival – Most Beautiful Interior


  • Top Gear Magazine Awards – Hatchback of the Year
  • Next Green Car Awards – Best Crossover
  • APMP Awards – Small SUV of the Year
  • Fleet World Honours – Design of the Year

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