Some impressive-sounding adjectives are being trotted out – innovative, exciting, game-changing, trend-setting, eco-friendly – to describe the Citroën C4 Cactus. Time will tell whether or not it’s really that good. But one thing is for sure: it’s different.
Besides being strikingly original in looks, the Citroën C4 Cactus is designed to be more efficient than conventional equivalents. There clearly is a practical dimension to the car that stretches beyond its use of innovative materials and technology.
Pioneering use of technology has been a Citroën trademark, of course. One of the key tech innovations is Airbump, a pliable protective panel that protects while adding visual interest. It’s made of supple thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), in contrasting colours. The material encloses air-filled cells able to absorb small impacts. The C4 Cactus also features a world-first roof-mounted airbag for the front passenger. The idea is to ensure while creating more space. The car’s fully digital instruments are complemented by a 178-mm colour touchscreen.
Standard fitments include air-conditioning, a four-speaker audio system with tuner and MP3 playback, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free telephony and audio streaming, powered front windows and exterior mirrors and a multifunction steering wheel. There’s an upscale version with even more convenience and luxury features.
As for efficiency, the Citroën C4 Cactus is 200 kg lighter than the C4 hatchback. Drivetrain options feature two PureTech three-cylinder 1,2-litre petrol engines: a 60 kW or an 81 kW turbo. These drive the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. Price: from R224 900.