Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • A good driving position, light airy interior
  • Touchscreen and other minor controls are a pain to use
  • Lots of cubbyholes and storage make it practical to spend time in

Citroen C4 Cactus (2018)

It’s pretty much unchanged from the previous C4 Cactus. The big changes are the new seats and an updated centre console. It's a light and minimalist affair, with two digital displays (speedo and multi-function touchscreen) and no physical controls for the climate control system.

The central touchscreen divides opinion, although we think that any car that needs to go via a menu to alter its heating settings is far from ideal in terms of safety (and basic ergonomics). The menu controls aren't that intuitive, either – but thankfully, Apple CarPlay and screen mirroring work well, meaning you do have a simpler alternative for your music.

It's well-designed inside, with interesting detailing, and some very nice surfacing. The suitcase-inspired glovebox and leather-strap door handles have not lost their appeal. But the car's low list price and lightweight constuction has meant some compromises – some material quality is off the pace, such as the scratchy-feeling door cards.

That said, it's a light, airy family-sized hatchback that abounds with clever storage solutions. And as such, that makes it a very appealing car for you and your family – if you can live with the touchscreen.

Citroen C4 Cactus (2018)

  • Front seats are soft and supportive
  • Rears are, too, but slightly tight for kneeroom
  • Ride qualityis genuinely impressive

Citroen C4 Cactus (2018)

This is a car that majors on comfort, as you'd expect from a company that has such a back catalogue of legendarily smooth-riding cars. The C4 Cactus is comfortable, relaxed on a run and responsive. But it’s not perfect – especially if you are used to more sporting cars or carry passengers who are prone to travel sickness.

The Advanced Comfort seats are very effective. The new high-density foam offer added softness to allow you to sink right in, but as the miles flow by, back support is not compromised.

The overriding impression from driving this car is just how smooth the ride is. Insulation from rough road surfaces is brilliant, especially from nasties such as potholes and speed humps.

Citroen C4 Cactus (2018)