The Cuddly Cactus

For some, the main thorny issues with the Citroen C4 Cactus will be its looks and, in this case, maybe it's colour. But there’s a lot to like about this Cactus even if it appears the designers were partaking in a taste of the prickly plant’s juice.

Ironically, despite its name, the Cactus has a unique feature that actually makes most other cars seem more “cactus” like the C4 Cactus. As the cactus plant is primarily known for its thorns you’d expect the C4 Cactus to be the last car you’d want to bump into. But the Cactus has a useful party trick known as Airbumps that potentially make it the nicest car to bump into. The doors and bumpers have air-filled plastic “bumps” that protect it against low-speed nudges and the sort of annoying damage inflicted in car parks every day. It’s a sort of cuddly cactus.

It’s not all about the styling though. The Cactus has a very efficient 1.2L turbocharged, 3 cylinder, petrol engine that, although small, is pretty eager. And at a little over 1000kg it’s a rare featherweight among modern cars meaning it’ll get along pretty well despite its diminutive 110hp.

The Cactus interior is also lacking in spiky bits and is actually quite spacious and comfortable. It has clever touch screens that give the dash layout a clean and uncluttered look. All in all, the Cactus is typical Citroen: interesting, unique and quirky whilst still being practical.

This 2017 C4 Cactus is NZ new and has travelled just 28,000kms and still has the balance of its new car warranty as well as carrying the Turners Certified stamp of approval. It also comes fully serviced with new WOF and six months registration.

If you are the sort of person who likes your car to attract a crowd and you are after something nearly new at a big discount off the new price then this Cactus is definitely on point. It’s just $21,980 drive away (that’s $14k cheaper than a new one). More details here.

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