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Citroën C4 Cactus (2014 to 2021)

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Citroën C4 Cactus (2014 to 2021)

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    Summary


    The Citroën C4 Cactus was a medium-sized hatchback that sat 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.

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

    The C4 Cactus is unrelated to the all-new Citroën C4 that was launched in early 2021. Although Citroën says that the new C4 is not a direct replacement for the C4 Cactus, it is unlikely that the Cactus will be replaced.

    Key specifications


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

    Launched: Summer 2014
    Last updated: Spring 2018
    Replacement due: N/A


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 4 stars
    Date tested: October 2014
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 82%
    Child protection: 79%
    Vulnerable road users: 80%
    Safety assist: 56%

    Note on safety rating

    The Citroën C4 Cactus was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2014 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2021 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

    However, if you are comparing a used Citroën C4 Cactus to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    The Citroën C4 Cactus was not tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

    Reliability rating

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    All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

    As of October 2022, the Citroën C4 Cactus is slightly above average when it comes to reliability with a score of 55%, according to extended warranty data provided by our commercial partner, MotorEasy.

    Although it’s ony based on a fairly small number of warranty claims, the average repair costs is reasonably high at more than £600. That’s obviously more than the cost of a used car warranty, which is certainly worth considering if you own a C4 Cactus or are thinking about buying one.

    Awards


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

    2019

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

    2018

    • Carwow Awards – Comfort Award

    2017

    • Auto Express Awards – Small SUV of the Year

    2016

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

    2015

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

    2014

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

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