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Citroen C4 Cactus review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

The Citroen C4 Cactus claims strong fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, although depreciation could be heavy

The Citroen C4 Cactus is a value for money choice. So while prices start from around £18,000 - which is similar to a Ford Focus - you get a lot more kit for your cash. And with the most expensive model coming in at around £23,000, there are no astranomical amounts to find to get behind the wheel.

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Citroen claims that the C4 Cactus will cost around 20 per cent less to run than a traditional family hatchback, too. It doesn’t explain its calculations fully, but the lack of weight will surely help.

It’s talking primarily about fuel economy, but the Airbump panels could potentially save you money on having small bodywork scratches and bumps repaired, while the low weight won’t just help at the pumps, but is likely to bring lower bills for consumables such as tyres and brake pads in the long run.

With the arrival of the 1.5 BlueHDi diesel, the Citroen C4 Cactus is fully compliant with the latest WLTP fuel economy tests. That means official economy figures aren't quite as good as they used to be, but you're more likely to match them in real-world driving. The most fuel-efficient C4 Cactus is the BlueHDi 100hp diesel, which achieves 70.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 97g/km. The more powerful 120hp diesel with the six-speed EAT6 auto also manages 70.6mpg, but emissions are higher at 102g/km.

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The PureTech petrol range is also pretty efficient on paper. The 110hp version manages 61.4mpg and 106g/km emissions, while the 130hp version returns 56.5mpg and emissions of 113g/km. Add the EAT6 auto box to the PureTech 130, and economy drops to 55.4mpg and emissions rise to 117g/km, which is still pretty reasonable.

All C4 Cactus models come with a 50-litre fuel tank, and using official economy figures means all models can manage more than 600 miles on a full tank.

To make the C4 Cactus more accessible to buyers, Citroen offers a number of all-inclusive purchase packages. These combine a finance payment, insurance and servicing costs into a single monthly figure.

Insurance groups

There’s quite a spread of insurance groups across the C4 Cactus line-up. The cheapest model falls into Group 14, while the highest spec model is in Group 20.

Depreciation

Citroen doesn’t have a marvellous record on depreciation, and don’t expect the C4 Cactus to buck the trend – at least not by much. While a standard C4 hatchback could lose as much as 70 per cent of its value over three years, the Cactus is likely to shed two-thirds of its new price, with engine and trim level making this only marginally better or worse.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr [6 Speed]
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,525

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr [6 Speed]
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,525

Fastest

  • Name
    1.2 PureTech 130 Flair EAT6 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £22,635
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