Like the stunning outside, the interior is markedly different from the usual family car fare – it looks like a stylish Parisienne boutique.
There are harder plastics that show where Citroen has saved production costs, but the quirkiness of the cabin compensates for that. There are leather door straps instead of plastic or metal handles, and the large glovebox closes with suitcase-like straps. It feels like the designers have been given room to put their most unusual ideas into mass production – and it’s all the better for it.
It's quite stylish in here but also the materials are quite hard and scratchy
All Cactus models come with a touchscreen infotainment system mounted in the middle of the dashboard which is good. What isn’t so good is the actual system – basic models don’t come with sat-nav as standard and there’s hardly anything to do with the system since Apple CarPlay and Android Auto screen mirroring isn’t available.
Sat-nav is standard only on top-spec models and is about average in class. It’s pretty colourful and menu navigation is straightforward, but the actual speed of operation is sometimes annoyingly slow. Top-spec models also get internet access but it’s so slow you end up not using it at all.
Another criticism is that the climate controls are behind a menu and not readily accessible like in most cars. So a simple thing such as cooling the cabin is a considerable distraction for the driver as he hunts around the touchscreen.