Introduction: The C4 Cactus is one of those cars you either like or hate – but which I happen to like a lot actually. The reason for this is simple – the Cactus has a simple design and smart functionality. When it’s all said and done the C4 Cactus turns out to be comfortable, practical and stylish – even with what looks like rubber floor mats glued to the outside doors.

On the Road: The Cactus is available in a series of petrol engines and one diesel engine. All the petrol engines produce good fuel economy and power. The PureTech 110 petrol engine offers good performance and economy with a 0-62mph time of just over 9.0 seconds whilst also returning a combined 65.7mpg. The 82bhp and 75bhp versions both offer a similar 0-62 time of 12.9 and returning a combined 61.4mpg up to 65.7. For me the 100bhp Diesel is the one to go for; as it can return a staggering 80+mpg in the correct environment.

898218_5845For some the ride could be conceived as being quite ‘bouncy’ but in a fun sort of way. The Cactus holds the road really well and is a person’s comfort blanket even when the road ahead gets a little less than expected. To be honest – the Cactus will happily drive you around on a wave of comfort making you feel very happy as you go about your day to day business.

Road noise can be high on certain road surfaces – but nothing I would worry about if I owned one. The fact that the rear windows do not wind down was a little strange, but would this be the defining factor of me not making a purchase – probably not.

On the inside: As you would expect from Citroen, the cabin materials are of a decent quality – but as I said earlier – some of the surfaces do feel a little cheap. All round visibility is good and the interior space is brilliant when you consider that the Cactus is not a large car really.

The Cactus also has a fair amount of Tech onboard if you opt for the Flair Blue HDi 100, some of the options include; a DAB radio, 6 speakers, LED daytime running lights, height adjustable driver’s seat and a Bluetooth hands free streaming system.

Space inside the Cactus is good with 358 litres of load capacity (seats up). This offers a large family excellent versatility. The seats are also very wide and very pleasing to sit in.

Ownership: Prices start at around £18,090 for the Flair Blue HDi 100 model with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Residual prices are looking ok – but if you are going to be buying new, buy the top spec model as it will hold its own better when you come to re-sell it later on. CO2 emissions for the 100bhp HDi Diesel are also good coming in at 92g/km.

898233_5861Reliability in general is very good and you can expect build quality of the Cactus to be as good if not better than some of the other manufacturers.

Safety & Security: The Cactus was awarded a four-star rating by Euro NCAP in its industry benchmark safety tests (Citroën C4 CACTUS 1.2 ‘FEEL’ 5 door as tested in 2014), scoring a very good 82% and 79% scores for the adult occupant and child occupant elements respectively. The Cactus also comes with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock braking system (ABS) remote central locking and transponder engine immobiliser.


About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.