The base model Cactus has a curbweight of just 1040 kilos -- 200 less than Citroen's C4 compact. To shed weight, the carmaker's engineers trimmed down the platform and did without some extra equipment. The C4 Cactus has a starting price of just under 14-thousand Euros, though our test car with a 60 kilowatt engine sells for around 16-thousand five hundred.
The Cactus' rounded front features modern LED daytime running lights, above the halogen headlights. 30 airbumps on the sides, and two at the front and back, provide protection from dings and scratches.
Citroën has also replaced traditional wind-down rear windows with pop-out ones. That alone makes the car 11 kilos lighter. The rear seat bench only folds down in one piece, which Citroen claims saves another 6 kilos.
Citroën has found ways of saving on cost, weight and resources on even the most banal equipment -- like the windshield washer system. Called "Magic Wash", its washer jets are "fitted in the tips of the wipers to provide a bead of liquid rather than a spray", so there's "no loss of visibility when washing." The system saves on window washer fluid, too, so the fluid reservoir can be smaller and therefore lighter.
Jan Becher, Car tester
But how does the C4 Cactus drive? Jan finds the steering very smooth and the suspension quite soft, so you barely notice when going over bumpy roads. Though the suspension is a bit too soft for his taste. And like the 2CV before it, he says the Cactus tends to shudder a bit when starting and braking.
So maybe it's not the automotive revolution we've been waiting for?
Jan feels what's really special about the C4 Cactus is that, bucking all the trends, Citroen has built a back-to-basics car. It has few bells and whistles, but doesn't scrimp on comfort either. And it's packaged in a fresh design at an affordable price. So the Cactus C4 could be called a mini revolution after all.