There’s loads of room in the front, but things are much tighter in the rear seats and boot
There’s no shortage of space in the front of the Citroen C4 Cactus, and one of the car’s best features is one you can’t see. Hidden away under the upholstery is some extra-dense foam, so the seats are more comfortable and supportive than you’ll find in any alternative.
Things aren’t quite as good in the back, especially if you go for a model with the panoramic sunroof. It means that headroom is a bit tight, and anyone over six feet tall will struggle to get comfy.
At least, the kneeroom isn’t too bad and the seat is comfortable; and, because the seat itself is pretty flat, it’s not too bad for anyone sitting in the centre position when you have three across the bench.
Perhaps the biggest problem is that, even on the highest trim, the windows in the rear doors don’t slide down. Instead, Citroen has decided to save a bit of weight by just having windows that pop out, so you can’t get as much fresh air in as you could with wind-down windows.
Yes, the Citroen C4 Cactus has some pretty avant-garde design, but the designers haven’t forgotten to include plenty of everyday usability. The door bins in the front are big enough to take a bottle, there’s a small cubby by the driver’s knee, and not only is the glovebox big, the way the lid lifts up also makes it easy to get things in and out.
The only issue is that the cupholders are shallow, which means that they don’t hold a drink in place very effectively. And, that’s a surprise, given that the designers’ attention to detail extends as far as the rear door handles being incorporated into storage areas, while the rear door bins are also pretty large.
You can’t avoid various signs of cost-cutting around the Cactus, like the bare metal that you see every time you put something in the boot
This is one of the Citroen C4 Cactus’ weak points, as not only is its boot smaller than in some alternatives, it’s also not very easy to use.
With a capacity of 358 litres, it’s about the same size as you’ll get in a Nissan Juke, but much smaller than in a Renault Captur or small family cars like the Hyundai i30. To make matters worse, there’s a huge lip to lift things over; and, although the rear seats are split 60/40 and fold down so that you can extend that space, they don’t sit completely flat, which makes it awkward when you’re trying to push bigger items all the way in.
There are some tethering points set into the floor, but they’re attached to a flimsy piece of trim in the floor. And, while it doesn’t affect the practicality, it’s unpleasant to see so much bare metal when you look into the boot.