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Citroen C4 Cactus (2018): test, data, market launch, price

Wolfgang Groeger-Meier
Driving report of the new Citroën C4 Cactus (2018)
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W hen you look at the traffic outside of Citroën's rented hall actually stops at any time of the day or night, it is clear why Citroën CEO Linda Jackson does not talk much about performance, driving performance and handling. The presentation of the new C4 Cactus is really only about one thing: comfort, in every area.

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They stayed Airbumps, however, moved to a lower position. Do they still protect against door bumps?

The front looks beefier thanks to details such as the simulated air inlets in front of the wheel arches, the design language has become less experimental and more elegant, one could also say: “more mainstream”. Citroën also wants to sell as many cars as possible at the end of the day - certainly not a bad decision from an economic point of view.

And didthe basic shape of the Citroën C4 Cactus itself is only changed slightly - the airbumps are also still there, but positioned lower and reduced in number. The roof line slopes slightly towards the rear, the car looks longer and wider - but it is only marginal. The length is 4.17 meters, the predecessor measured 4.16 meters, same for the width: The new one is even narrower: 1.71 meters by 1.73 meters. The trunk grows from 348 to 358 liters (with the seats folded down: 1,170 liters).

In terms of weight, the new model of the C4 Cactus adds a few kilos. With around 1.1 tonnes empty weight, the Cactus is still quite light - even in its competitive environment, which is determined by Mégane, Focus and Golf.

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That's right: The seats are actually really comfortable. Good: The steering wheel can be easily adapted to the driver's wishes.

Answer: No, they are not as incredibly soft as the ones Citroën DS from the 60s and 70s. But: They are still incredibly comfortable, especially the seat. Unlike normal seats, where you always come across a kind of hard floor at some point, these seats give enough that you feel like you are in a relaxing armchair at home. Good thing about it: Despite their comfort, you can feel in the upper hip area that they could at least offer a sufficient degree of lateral support.

And while you sit there, you fallon that Citroën has actually not changed much else on the C4 Cactus. The 'instrument cluster' is still digital, in the middle there is still a touchscreen (depending on your choice) and the door loops and separate door openers are still there. Just like all the hard plastic around the center console, which now doesn't feel quite as valuable.

On the other hand, it's nice that the dashboard is covered with softer plastic or synthetic leather on some equipment variants. Practical: the many shelves, such as the glove compartment that opens up and the small compartment underneath, which has a rubberized surface that prevents cell phones, wallets and make-up mirrors from slipping.

A bit bothers that Citroën is with new Cactus has only installed a single USB port in the car - in the center console. At least one could have been installed in the large box under the center armrest. Keyword: Generation smartphone. It will also look in vain for charging options in the rear seats. The space in the rear is okay. There is enough headroom for people shorter than 1.90 meters, as well as knee room - unless the person in front is just as big, then not.

The only thing that bothers in the rear is the fact that the two windows can only be opened a crack. Yes, it was the same in the previous version, that's right. But: If you want to position the C4 Cactus higher, shouldn't Citroën also install normal window regulators, whether manual or electric, for any passengers? I think so. The answer from the person responsible for the product is satisfying that you save costs in this way and that you seldom come along in the back anyway, only to a limited extent drives the new Citroën C4 Cactus

We are on the road in Provence with the lifted Citroën C4 Cactus PureTech 110 with six-speed automatic transmission (EAT6). The route initially takes us out of Marseille. Thanks to acoustic glazing and more insulation materials, the city noise stays outside and it is pleasantly quiet in the Cactus even at high speeds.

We also have to take it easy on the French country roads, because here the speed limit has been 80 km /h since the beginning of the year . Horrific fines and numerous speed cameras serve as an effective deterrent. Too bad that the traffic sign recognition (in the package from 750 euros) does not yet know about the 10 km /h reduction.

Tired three-cylinder and old-school automatic

Because the 110 hp Three-cylinder gasoline engine draws its 205 Nm torque from just 1.2 liters of displacement, it does not tempt you to race anyway. The same applies to the leisurely acting six-speed automatic, which has a sports button, but then just shifts a little more hectically.

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Deceleration instead of sprint records: the 1.2-liter three-cylinder goes to work leisurely - the six stages -Automatic as well.

The C4 Cactus deliberately attaches importance to deceleration, such as sprint values ​​from 10.9 seconds to 100 and 188 km /h Underpin top speed. In addition, the digital cockpit display lacks a rev counter.

Comfort-oriented CAC chassis

The chassis called Citroën Advanced Comfort, CAC for short, is also a decelerator, which does justice to the second C in the name . Two oil-bearing spring elements that were integrated into the shock absorbers are supposed to prevent the sudden breakdown of uneven road surfaces.

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Like a litter: The C4 Cactus pays homage to comfortable driving.

The Cactus actually glides smoothly over long bumps with the CAC chassis. Short faults on the ailing pavements of Provencal country roads are also well, if not consistently, dampened. In addition, the Cactus tends to bob up and down during compression, which gives the entire driving behavior a certain litter-like character.

This increases in successive curves, from which the C4 likes to lean out and slide easily over the front wheels. After all, the non-slip seats offer surprisingly good lateral support.

Conclusion

Visually, the Cactus has become more mainstream, the gain in comfort is clearly noticeable. Whether that's enough to convince the old C4 sedan customers and against the strong onesTo score points in compact competition remains to be seen.

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