Citroën C4 Cactus

The Citroën C4 Cactus is a subcompact crossover SUV, produced by French automaker Citroën in Spain between April 2014 and December 2017. The C4 Cactus is considered as a compact SUV. Although it is based on the PSA PF1 platform that underpins the smaller Citroën C3 and DS3. A distinctive design feature is the "Airbump" panels on the car's sides, designed to protect the vehicle from damage in car parks.

Citroën C4 Cactus
Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi 100 Shine Edition – Frontansicht (3), 2. November 2014, Münster.jpg
AssemblySpain: Villaverde (Madrid)
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformPSA PF1 platform
RelatedCitroën C3
DS 3
Peugeot 208
Opel Crossland X
Engine1.2 L PSA EB2 Puretech I3 (petrol)
1.6 L HDi 16V I4 (diesel)
Wheelbase2,595 mm (102.2 in)
Length4,157 mm (163.7 in)
Width1,729 mm (68.1 in)
Curb weight965 kg (2,127 lb) - 1,070 kg (2,360 lb)

The Citroën Cactus concept, presented at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, previewed the production version.[1] The C4 Cactus was presented at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Production and salesEdit

Citroën C4 Cactus Exclusive (Australia)
2018 Restyle

Production started in April 2014, at PSA's factory in Villaverde, Madrid. Sales commenced in France in June 2014. It is a five door SUV in Touch, Feel and Flair trim levels, and is powered by 1.2 L inline-three engine petrol and 1.6 litre inline-four engine diesel engines.[2][3]

In 2016, three further trim levels were added to the C4 Cactus range: Flair Edition, Rip Curl and W. Slow sales of the W have led to the model being dropped from the line up; 30% of Cactus sales in the United Kingdom are of black cars with black Airbumps.

In October 2016, production of the vivid paint colour Lagoon Blue ceased, and was replaced by a new colour Baltic Blue, which is more subtle. A rich, dark red called Jelly Red, was added to the range of colours available.

In May 2017, the popular Shark Grey ceased in favour of Platinum Grey, which is slightly darker and used on the DS4 and the 2016 Dispatch.

In Italy, the W is called the Total White edition; there is also a Total Black edition and these models are called One Tone in some markets. There is no Total Black in the United Kingdom, but it can be configured, and would need black gloss wheels to conform.

The Cactus is sold in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa and South America, and so it is a 'world car' in that respect. The Cactus was tested by Euro NCAP, and scored very highly in the pedestrian safety test, the best in its class, due to the car's curved shape at the front. This achievement is matched by few other cars tested.

The Rip Curl is a collaboration with the surfing brand of the same name and is marketed as a more adventure based vehicle, with its 'Grip Control' feature meaning the driver can adjust the car to driving on either tarmac, snow, mud or ice.

This works by the ECU adjusting the power delivery to each of the front wheels independently, based on whichever wheel has more grip at any one moment. Aside from fourseason Goodyear tyres, all other changes are purely aesthetic, with 'Rip Curl' graphics and orange seat belts amongst the differences.[4]

The W trim is an all white model, with a Pearl White body colour, plus white door mirrors, door handles, roof bars and alloy wheels.[5]

Restyle (2018)Edit

Citroën presented a revised C4 Cactus for the model year of 2018. The restyled 2018 Cactus has had a major technological upgrade including Emergency brake assist, Lane departure warning system, traffic signage recognition, blindspot monitoring, and automated parking. The signature airbumps remain but are less obtrusive. [6][7]



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  3. ^ Catalogue de la Revue Automobile 2014 ISBN 978-3-613-30768-1 p. 180.
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  8. ^ "C4 Cactus Topgear Award - Citroën Ireland". 2014-12-15. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
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