Citroen is offering an alternative to the traditional compact hatchback the new Citroen C4 Cactus. The Cactus boasts a striking design and stands out from its rivals, the Cactus features Airbump® a Citroën exclusive. Airbump® technology neatly sums up the fundamental purpose of design, to combine style and practicality. Fitted to the sides of the car and the bumpers, Airbump® adds a graphic structure to the pure, smooth bodylines of the new Cactus C4. Available in four colours (Black, Grey, Dune & Chocolate), they can be matched with the ten body colours and three choices of interior trim (Stone Grey Ambiance, Habana Highlight & Purple Highlight) to offer a wide range of customisation options.
Airbump® provides real day-to-day protection as the supple TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) skin comprises air capsules to absorb impacts.
Airbump® requires no specific maintenance and directly contributes to cutting vehicle repair costs. The result is an attractive, functional innovation that makes city driving a more relaxing experience.
Interior space brings greater comfort for the the driver and passengers this has been achieved with a low dashboard with horizontal lines and adopting a fully digital interface and optimising the dashboard layout. The wide front seats are designed in the style of a sofa, to create a more comfortable and user-friendly ambience in the cabin. The Citroen C4 Cactus also has ‘airbag in roof’ technology transferring the passenger airbag to the roof and deploying it over the windscreen rather then positioning it in the dashboard.
Fitted as standard, a 7-inch touchscreen featuring seven main control buttons gives access to a full range of modern vehicle functions, including automatic air conditioning, digital radio, audio streaming, connection of mobile devices and functions to store music or display photos, speed limit display, traffic updates and efficient route options, reversing camera, Park Assist, programmable speed limiter and cruise control.
By making the vehicle lighter, Citroën has been able to adopt smaller latest-generation engines, which reduce fuel consumption whilst maximising driveability. The New Citroën C4 Cactus weighs just 965kg, 200kg less overall compared with a Citroën C4. The Cactus is available with a petrol version emitting less than 100g/km of CO2 and a diesel version emitting just 82g/km with impressive fuel consumption of 91.1mpg.
Overall running costs of the C4 Cactus are low compared with others in the compact hatchback segment. As a result of the efforts made to optimise weight, the need to replace wear parts due to normal wear and tear has been significantly reduced. Repair costs are also considerably lower, thanks to Citroën’s Airbump® technology.
By Geraldine Ashton Green
Fri, 07 Feb 2014