Like a proud parent, Citroen has been using its Airbump technology on much of its range including the C3, C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross, but let us not forget where this originated. That would be in 2014, when we were first shocked by these Marmite plastic bubbles that had never before been seen. Well now it’s time for that car to be updated, and now we must welcome the second-generation Citroen C4 Cactus.
Part of the PF1 platform, it shares many of its parts with the new C3 and Peugeot 208, as well as some larger cars like the Peugeot 2008 and Vauxhall Crossland X. Oftentimes when we see new models, automakers can take one of two paths - a redesign, or the debut of new technology, the C4 taking the former route this time. The most obvious change is the reshaping from crossover to hatchback.
There is nothing significant to surprise us - the familiar Top Box glovebox and low-set dashboard remain for example. Some minor improvements have been made here and there such as the sunroof which can now block heat and UV to the same degree as Category 4 sunglasses, and the seats feature new higher density foam for improved comfort on long journeys.
And while we’re on the topic of longer journeys, Citroen has given the C4 Cactus an interestingly named Coffee Break Alert which reminds the driver to take a break after more than 2 hours of driving at speeds of 42 mph or higher.
As with most cars designed for city and town dwellers, customisation is key. A total of 31 exterior combinations can be made up of 9 body colours, 4 colour packs and 5 alloy wheels measuring 16 and 17 inches. Inside, 5 ambiences add various levels of equipment too.
When it comes to engines, the familiar set of 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrols are present. These include the PureTech 110 and PureTech 130 turbocharged engines or the naturally aspirated PureTech 82. Diesel options include the BlueHDi 100 and, as of Autumn 2018, the BlueHDi 120, both of which utilising a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder unit.
There’s no word on pricing but current models start at £16,395.