The new C4 Cactus

Citroen has given its unique C4 Cactus crossover hatch a sweeping makeover as part of a 2018 model year upgrade, minimising the defining AirBump protective cladding and creating a more conservative small hatch in the process.

The C4 Cactus has also been brought in line with Citroen’s Advanced Comfort Strategy which debuts a new Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension system and Advanced Comfort seats ahead of a wider rollout across the Citroen range.

The French automaker is also backing away from positioning the facelifted model as a small SUV, instead classifying the C4 Cactus as a traditional compact hatchback, leaving the model’s recently revealed C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross models to occupy the small and medium SUV classes.

Sweeping changes to the exterior see the polarising plastic AirBumps of the doors and front and rear bumpers either minimised or deleted completely.


Restyled front and rear bumpers now offer cleaner surfacing with a more defined lower protective strip and new corner vents while the large door cladding has been reduced to a single strip and moved to just above sill-height.

A fresh face mimics the styling of the smaller C3 hatch, with a new chrome strip linking the high-mounted daytime running lights, larger lower headlights, a chrome-lipped central air intake, and coloured surrounds for the lower fog lights that match the coloured highlight of the door protection strip.

Customisation will remain a strong point for the C4 Cactus with five interior colour schemes available and 31 possible exterior colour combinations via nine paint colours and four exterior highlight colour packs.

Safety systems for Europe have been brought up to speed thanks to the availability of Active Safety Brake (otherwise known as autonomous emergency braking), speed limit recognition, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, self-parking for parallel and perpendicular spaces, and driver fatigue monitoring.

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