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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Making a judgement on Citroen C4 Cactus safety isn’t that easy, as the car hasn’t yet been independently crash-tested. However based on previous results for the Citroen C4 and C4 Picasso as well as the DS3 and C3, it’s probably safe to assume the C4 Cactus will snare a five-star EuroNCAP rating.

There’s a total of six airbags fitted as standard, but it’s the passenger side front bag that is the most interesting. In a bid to slim down the dashboard and increase the size of the glovebox (as well as giving it a top-opening lid to make it easier to see and access anything stowed inside) the firm has relocated the passenger’s airbag to the roof.

And it doesn’t matter what size the front passenger is, or how far forward they are sitting, as the comma shape means it’ll be perfectly safe regardless of passenger position and size.

On the outside, while not a primary safety factor, the AirBumps will protect the bodywork of the car from any minor bumps and scrapes it’s likely to pick up in supermarket car parks or other urban environments.

As you’d expect the C4 Cactus comes with traction control and Electronic Stability Control, which ensures the driver will never completely lose control in extreme situations. There’s also park assist, a reversing camera, a programmable speed limiter and cruise control as well as lights that turn with the steering wheel at low speeds.

When the firm has gone to the lengths of designing a way to locate the passenger airbag into the roof, in a bid to make the glovebox more space-efficient you know that Citroen C4 Cactus practicality is going to rank highly. Certainly there’s no shortage of storage space on board, with deep and useful door pockets on each of the four doors, plus a boot that will swallow 358 litres of load.

The Cactus does lose points for only offering a one-piece rear-bench, without a split/fold facility, but that compromise does significantly reduce weight in the car. And it’s a comfortable place to sit, with plenty of leg, head and shoulder room – certainly there’s more than enough space for a young family inside.

It’s a shame that the front seat bench is only offered on the automatic models – the manual cars have two distinct chairs – and that actually there’s still only space (and seatbelts) for two there. Still the thought was there and the relatively flat floor in this scenario contributes to the feeling of space up front.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Citroën C4 Cactus (14-18).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Feel equipment

Feel standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Roof rails
Feel optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Flair equipment

Flair standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Flair optional equipment
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel

Flair Edition equipment

Flair Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Flair Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel

OneTone equipment

OneTone standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
OneTone optional equipment
None available

Rip Curl equipment

Rip Curl standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Rip Curl optional equipment
  • Lumbar support
  • Steel wheels

Touch equipment

Touch standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Steel wheels
Touch optional equipment
None available

W equipment

W standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
W optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Citroën C4 Cactus (14-18) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2014
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 82%
Child Occupant: 79%
Vulnerable Road Users: 80%
Safety Assist: 56%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.