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Citroën C4 Cactus (2014 – 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: From £18,820 on-road

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


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: October 2014

82%

ADULT OCCUPANT

79%

CHILD OCCUPANT

80%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

56%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Citroën C4 Cactus was not lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP.

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
  • 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

2014

  • 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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