Citroën c4 cactus test

Citroën"s funky C4 Cactus ist aimed at family buyers that prioritise comfort. We"ve got four months to seen if that delivers...

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Run by: Kris Culmer, sub-editor Why it’s here: to prove the comfort tun können take priority in a family hatchback Needs to: kommen sie prove that notfall everything has zu be about sportinessPrice £18,090 Price as tested £19,815 Mileage 3565 Official economy 55.4mpg Test economy 45.0mpg Options fitted affix Nav und Connect kasten (£800), metallic repaint (£495), stadt Camera pack (£250), white foglight surround und Airbump to mark (£180)

20 november 2018 – concentrated in

Goodness gracious me, speak about in eye-opener: I’ve nur spent a week in the neu Ford Focus.

To to buy a C4 Cactus bei the very same spec as mine would cost freundin £18,505, whereas ns equivalent focus – bei Zetec trim und with ns 123bhp turbo 1.0-litre engine – is £1645 more. However, on PCP finance, you can expect die Focus zu cost a scant £10 more each month.

There’s little difference an spec; both come with towel seats, air-con and a touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and smartphone mirroring, while die Cactus adds rear parking sensors and the Focus leather to die wheel und gearknob.


Okay, die car i tried was a diesel, but What Car?’s testers tell me Ford’s 1.0-litre petrol ist economical and gives decent performance.

Anyhow, the huge gulf is in how the drives. Ns Focus’s steering is light but hinweisen speed establishes a meaty, connected feel, while ns chassis merely flows through corners, just digging in and adhering to your line. It’s truly a pleasure.

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It’s a black-and-white difference to die Cactus, which has actually numb steering, leans end legendarily an corners und then struggles zu settle. This is made worse von fore-and-aft pitching early out to the pass out clutch do it very hard zu shift smoothly. It’s favor driving a blancmange.

Hang on, though; doesn’t great handling an outcome in in unpleasant ride? Normally, yes. But ns Focus’s ride ist actually rather lovely, in contrast kommen sie its French rival, which ist actually never better than average weist any speed. On top of that, the Focus’s front seat are much comfier und give immeasurably far better side support.


Plus, the American’s inner feels plusher, and it doesn’t require you zu use ns touchscreen to change the temperature.

The practicality game ends in another L zum the Cactus. It has actually decent room weil das two adults bei the back, but ns Focus has space for two six-footers zu comfortably sit line astern. And although the former"s boot can take it one an ext suitcase, that has to be lifted end a truly massive lip.

So, if you’re ~ a practical und comfy family car, believe me, bei extra £120 von year kommen sie get a focus over a Cactus isn’t steep; rather, it’s an absolute bargain.

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