Citroen C4 Cactus Video Review - Carshop Drive 6


 5 Jun, 2015

Citoren C4 Cactus Video Review

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With the new Citroen C4 Cactus you either sit firmly in the ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ camp. Without exception, no one is seems ambivalent to the Cactus’s quirky exterior, as we experienced when filming our video review. With stiff competition from the likes of Nissan's equally quirky Juke, does the C4 Cactus manage enough to stand out from the Crossover crowd?

Naming a car after a particularly prickly succulent usually found in arid, rain starved environments around the world, could either be seen as a win as much as it could be seen as a fail. Personally, announcing to friends and family that I would be driving a Cactus, elicited as many furrowed brows as it did guffaws.

Of course, leave it to the French to defy convention whilst simultaneously polarising opinion and with the Citroen C4 Cactus you see here, there can be no denying that you’re either firmly in the ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ camp. Without exception, no one is seems ambivalent to the Cactus’s (Cacti?) quirky exterior.

I love it/I hate it! Is that bubble wrap on the doors?

Like the desert dwelling counterpart who’s spines (the prickly bits) are great at warding off hungry herbivores with their prickly spines, the C4 Cactus similarly has a special adaptation in preventing dents and scratches on its doors from careless shoppers and parkers. It’s called AirBump technology and yes, it looks weird.

Simply, it’s a pliable protective strip made from thermoplastic polyurethane and indeed it looks like a scaled up, automotive adaption of bubble wrap. Actually, that’s a pretty good description because it works in exactly the same way acting as a flexible bumper for the side of your car.

It works too. I invited a friend to intentionally park too close to the Cactus and encouraged him to carelessly open his door against it and voila, no dings or scratches. Similarly it’ll provide protection against errant shopping trolleys carelessly abandoned by their operators.

Funky door trim aside, the Cactus is as unique a crossover on the road as you might find, with its three-tier light arrangement up front, rising waistline and minimal glass area and stubby rear end, even the glossy black roof racks are out of keeping with the norm, further setting the Cactus apart from everything else on the road.

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