Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 UK review

Citroen C4 Cactus

Citroen’s family hatchback has grown up – and lost a bit of its charm in the process. Can its hydraulic suspension and new seats make up for that?

Usually when a car is described as “grown-up” or “mature”, it’s intended as something of a compliment; a way of emphasising a vehicle’s distinct sense of purpose, well-roundedness or refinement.But in the case of the latest Citroen C4 Cactus, driven here for the first time on UK roads, those sorts of adjectives – although relatively accurate – do the car a bit of a disservice. You see, the original C4 Cactus, launched back in 2014, was always a bit of an oddball – certainly in the way it looked. The wacky design stood out, turned heads, and added a bit of verve into a segment of the car market that at times could be rather dreary.That mould-breaking aesthetic contributed to Citroen selling around 30,000 of the things in the UK since it first rocked up on the scene.This new model, though, billed by Citroen as a “mid-life product evolution”, loses some of the original’s visual charm, favouring a more reserved and – you guessed it – grown-up look.The prominent Airbumps that originally divided opinion have been moved to a more discreet location, and the abundance of black plastic cladding that gave it its rufty-tufty, off-road-style appeal has been reduced in favour of a cleaner, arguably more premium image.It’s not that it looks bad – it doesn’t – it’s just that its lost a bit of the charm that made its predecessor unique and likeable.But we’re not just here to discuss looks: we’re here to find out how the C4 Cactus deals with the UK’s notoriously battered roads – especially now it has Citroen’s ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushions’ suspension and Advanced Comfort seats.We’re driving the top-of-the range PureTech 130 Flair edition here, which pairs a turbocharged, 128bhp three-cylinder petrol engine with a six-speed manual transmission to send its power to the front wheels.

Source: Autocar Online

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