Citroen C4 Cactus 2014: full details, pictures & price

28 Mar, 2014 12:29pm Tom Phillips

The new Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 - read the full specifications, price and release date

The Citroen C4 Cactus is a return to the quirky and different car that Citroen used to be famous for - rather than build yet another competitor for the Volkswagen Golf, the company was determined to create a car that broke the mould, to address the needs of modern customers by taking radical steps both in its design and innovation.

The car was revealed recently at the Geneva Motor Show, but it's not a concept car - it will soon go on sale in the form you can see in our pictures.

It looks very similar to a concept version we saw in 2013, with a floating roof, split front lights and protective side panels. One of the most striking features on the car are the AirBumps on the car's front and rear bumpers, and on the car's sides.

These air-filled plastic bumps act like bubble wrap and are designed to help prevent damage caused by low-speed collisions. Buyers will be able to choose between ten different exterior colours, with four hues for the Airbump panels and three interior themes.

Citroen C4 Cactus price & release date

The Citroen C4 Cactus will be priced from €13,950 when it goes on sale in France later this year. While UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, a spokesman for Citroen UK has told us that figure will translate to a starting price of around £13,000 for the model when it arrives on UK shores in October.

That ballpark figure means the C4 Cactus will undercut the Citroen C4 by between £1,000 and £3,000 throughout the range, with prices likely to rise to around £18,000 for the range-topping Cactus.

Future Citroen ‘C-line’ models

Citroen C4 Cactus leaked

The Cactus is set to be a template for all the ‘C-line’ models in the future. The ‘DS’ sub-brand will continue, but cars from the standard range will all feature the same striking design, simplified interiors and clever technology as the Cactus.

At a special preview event held in Paris, designer Mark Lloyd told Auto Express: “People have moved on in the way that they use products, but the car industry is very traditional, and has not moved at the same pace of change as consumers.”

For the Cactus, that means offering C-segment styling and space with B-segment running costs. Thanks to clever packaging and extensive use of lightweight materials – like for the bonnet – the Cactus is a huge 200kgs lighter than a standard C4.

The newcomer shares the same 2.6m wheelbase as the C4, but it’s actually based on the smaller chassis that underpins the DS3. The roof rails and chunky body give it a big car look, but the Cactus is shorter than hatchbacks like the VW Golf.

With a 358-litre boot and decent rear legroom, it also boasts better practicality than compact crossovers like the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur - both of which Citroen sees as key rivals for the Cactus. To save weight the rear windows pop-out rather than winding down, and there is no split/fold action for the rear bench.

Citroen C4 Cactus engines

Four engines will be available at the UK launch in October. The first are a pair of three-cylinder petrol engines, one turbocharged and naturally-aspirated, making 81bhp and 109bhp respectively. The diesel models both have a 1.6-litre capacity, and both meet the strict Euro 6 emissions regulations, with 91 and 99bhp each.

The entry-level petrol tips the scales at just 965kgs – almost 300kgs less than rivals like the Nissan Juke and Fiat 500L and as a result the cleanest diesel model will emit just 82g/km while returning an amazing 91.1mpg.

Citroen C4 Cactus interior

Citroen C4 Cactus leaked interior

The Cactus is just as cutting-edge inside too, with a number of innovative touches that are designed to make it comfier and easier to live with than a normal hatch. Two digital displays have replaced the traditional dials and dash buttons, with a seven-inch touchscreen in the centre console controlling all major functions. The infotainment system features several apps including live traffic updates and auto versions get a set of three buttons instead of a conventional gear selector. This six-speed gearbox is an updated version of the ‘ETG’ semi-automatic gearbox.

Citroen says it has improved the throttle response and changing times of this gearbox, and also made it less susceptible to creeping in traffic and at low speed but manual versions are predicted to make up the majority of Cactus sales.

On higher spec models a full-length glass roof will be optionally available, which uses the same glass technology as high-end sunglasses to block UV radiation and control the temperature in the cabin and remove the need for a heavy blind. The passenger airbag has also been built into the roof, which means the dash can be mounted further down the cabin to provide a greater feeling of space inside.

Citroen is planning on giving people a new way to pay for their Cactus too. Buyers will be able to choose a monthly price plan similar to a mobile phone contract, with insurance, finance and other costs rolled into a single monthly payment or even choose to pay per mile covered – although at this stage they were not clear on the details of how this kind of scheme would work in the UK.

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The video suggests that the bumpers will be filled with air, quite an strange yet elegant solution.

The original 2CV was made for small farmers back then, that's why it was basic simple minimal with kind of an utilitarian look to it. May be this is the reason why the cactus concept also has a little bit of small SUV favour in its front bumper?

Great car , I hope citroen keep as close to the concept as possible! Keep the bench seating par example. But where in this article does it reveal a price?

Problem with the bench front seat is that me being a small person that likes the seat well forward make it uncomfortable for a tall passenger to sit comfortably along side me.

This is not a concept, it's the real deal. Coming to you in October.

I like Citroen C4 Cactus 2014: full details, pictures and price

just amazin car and amazing year for citroen,ds3 is first in owner survey,crazy ds5 and ds9 and now this.Citroen I salute you ,you always dare to be something special.

Not just me who cannot see the price. Looks good but even though I had a Smart forFour, which too is immune to door dings as the are bouncy plastic, I still have 3 nasty dings in the A and C pillars. The air bump won't help to avoid them!

Well done Citroen. It reminds me of the great (if expensive) cars Renault put out a decade ago - I only hope it sells better.

"To save weight the rear windows pop-out rather than winding down, and there is no split/fold action for the rear bench."

To save Citroen some cost more like. The lack of a split in the rear seat is going to be a pain in the butt for families who need the versatility a split seat offers - like carrying one child and their bike as we do frequently.

When are you revealing the price? I am on the edge of my seat here. Or is the price in the magazine?

"Cactus" is slang in Australia for complete rubbish !!!!!!!!

Dig that interior - 70s British Leyland.

Another ugly Citroen.
Nothing new there then.

Why does Auto Express repeatedly headline new cars with Specification and Price, then fail to provide any pricing. Are the writers dumb and the editor blind? This is a common occurrence, which I believe to be a scam to get you to read all of the article.

What a cool design!

The bench is made from 3 pieces. Driver and passenger part moves individually

If the price is right, and it drives as well as it looks, the Cactus should make a great non-Golf hatch.

nonsense............

nonsense to you...........

or something broken

Looks cheep, very cheep and the airbumb additions maybe they do work but they make the car look even more ridicules ...

Not many real facts in all that. Performance? Economy breakdown?

And I'd like the bench to split too. That has to be cost cutting, so it had better be cheap, and the satnav had better be a whole lot better than the antiquated system Citroen uses now.
But it is a clever and very attractive car.

Indeed this thread was first posted 6 months prior to today (3/3/14) but despite your point nothing has been added as to this.

The more is revealed about the c4 cactus the more I want one this October! Now I just hope they get the final engine/transmission/trim combinations right. Some other citroen sites from around Europe seem to suggest the EGC auto box will only be on the basic petrol with 82bhp. Also I really hope the wheels on the display car are available

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