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The Citroen C4 Cactus could become the most fuel efficient non hybrid or electric car in Australia when it’s launched locally later this year.

While Citroen is yet to confirm local engine options for the C4 Cactus, we expect the brand will launch the C4 Cactus with the option of its fuel efficient four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces 63kW of power and 230Nm of torque.

This engine uses a combined fuel consumption of 3.6L/100km in New Zealand, where the car is currently on sale. While the fuel consumption may change when tested to ADR standards, we expect it to be similar or the same if the engine is used locally.

Tyson Bowen, Citroen Australia PR and communications manager is excited by the prospect of potentially selling Australia’s most fuel efficient non hybrid.

“We are very excited about the introduction of Cactus to Australia, not just for its outstanding design, but also its unique safety and comfort features it brings,” Bowen said.

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“Cacti by nature are very efficient plants, living on minimal resources and much like its namesake, the Citroen Cactus has been designed to use only what it needs.”

“Engineers focused on reducing weight, fuel use and even the amount of water needed to wash the widescreen, while still offering a unique design and innovative features – the prospect of it being the most efficient conventionally powered vehicle available in Australia demonstrates that focus.”

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This would make the C4 Cactus the most fuel efficient car in Australia that doesn’t feature electric drivetrain assistance from batteries. The next closest competitor would be the Mini Cooper D (3 door), which uses a combined 3.7L/100km. Other notable mentions in the top 10 include:

3. Mini Cooper D (5 door)

4. Audi A1 1.6TDI

5. Fiat 500 TwinAir Cabrio

6. Fiat 500 TwinAir Hardtop

7. Audi A3 1.6TDI

8. Citroen C4 e-HDi

9. Mercedes-Benz A200 CDI

10. Peugeot 2008 1.6 e-HDi

The Citroen C4 Cactus is also available overseas with petrol engines that produce 55kW, 60kW and 82kW of power from a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. Australian specifications and engines are expected to be made public soon.

In the meantime, read our Citroen C4 Cactus review here.




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