Citroen C4 Cactus 2018 exclusive 1.2t puretech
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2018 Citroen C4 Cactus long-term review: Interior comfort and practicality

$20,440 $24,310 Dealer
  • Fuel Economy
    3.6L
  • Engine Power
    81kW
  • CO2 Emissions
    94g
  • ANCAP Rating
    N/A

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Our time with 'Smurfette' the Citroen C4 Cactus Exclusive is nearly up, but before we return the brightly coloured French crossover, let's have a look at the cabin.

We've already gone through the Cactus's infotainment and technology (or lack of), which you can read more about here.

As for comfort and practicality, the little crossover is surprisingly spacious inside, despite barely being any larger than your average small hatchback.

Up front, there's an airy feel thanks to the large glasshouse and fixed panoramic sunroof; however, the massive A-pillars can create a bit of a blind-spot when coming around blind corners or entering intersections.

The first-row seats are armchair-like in their look and feel, with a cushy feel that supports your bum and isolates passengers from the lumps and bumps of Melbourne's roads pretty well. In saying that, Mandy found they lacked lumbar support over longer journeys, such as during her round trip to New South Wales. Read more on that here.

In terms of storage, the front row offers decently sized door pockets, a small shelf under that floating 7.0-inch touchscreen, and one very shallow cup holder ahead of the shifter.

There's also a top-opening glovebox ahead of the front passenger, which is adequate but nothing flash. Overall storage up front could be better, but it's more than enough to store smaller items like bottles, phones, keys and wallets.

The second row doesn't quite have the same airy and spacious feel as the front – especially if you're a little over six-foot like myself – though it'll do the job for average-sized people most of the time.

We found the optional panoramic sunroof really ate into rear headroom (as displayed above), so this could be something to consider if you're thinking of buying a Cactus and plan to carry taller passengers in the rear.

There are no rear air vents, centre armrest or power outlets in the back, though the doors have a nifty cubby just under the window line, along with a massive pocket lower down that can hold big bottles or anything else of that size.

While headroom is a little limited, legroom is adequate (I can fit behind my own driving position), and the seats themselves are quite comfortable.

To make up for the compromised second-row accommodation, however, the Cactus has decent luggage capacity. Measuring 358L with the rear seats up and 1170L with them folded, the Citroen's load area offers more volume than the Mazda 3 (308L) and Subaru Impreza (345L) – though trails the likes of the Volkswagen Golf (380L) and Hyundai i30 (395L).

The space itself is nice and square, meaning you don't have to play Tetris to fit things in like some other vehicles with weirdly shaped boots. One annoyance is that the seats don't fold completely flat, and there's quite a large hump at the base of the seat backs with them folded, so longer items can't just slide through.

You won't find any shopping hooks or underfloor storage unfortunately, though a space-saver spare resides beneath the (rather flimsy) boot floor.

An interesting feature that continues to divide opinion is the use of pop-out rear windows (above). Many scoff at the idea you can't wind them down like most modern vehicles, though some like the retro-inspired design and can appreciate the weight-saving measure.

Personally, I don't think too many Cactus owners are carrying rear passengers regularly enough where it would be a problem, and as a bonus you don't get those annoying water streaks after you wash the car or get caught in the rain when you open them.

Speaking of polarising features, the fixed panoramic roof lacks a shade, so the insulation of the glass panel gets a real test in warmer weather. We found it wasn't too much of an issue with regard to cabin temperature after leaving the Cactus out in the sun, though harsh sunlight can annoy passengers because the roof is so open.

All up, the C4 Cactus is pretty well equipped to carry people and stuff in relative comfort. If you regularly carry people in the back – especially tall ones – it might be a bit of a squeeze, though.


2018 Citroen C4 Cactus Exclusive

  • Fuel consumption reading: 7.4L/100km (indicated)

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