This evolved C4 Cactus starts from a much higher price point than the original version, but to some extent you'd expect that. The base engine is, after all, now more powerful and equipment levels are significantly higher. Plus, with asking prices ranging between £18,000 and £21,000, this car can still look good value against the Focus and Golf-class 'C'-segment rivals that Citroen has now decided it should compete with.
The spec starting point is base level 'Feel' trim, but £1,900 more gets you the alternative plusher 'Flair' model we're trying here. Engine-wise, the vast majority of Cactus buyers tend to prefer the base PureTech 110 1.2-litre turbo petrol powerplant, a unit that buyers of the top 'Flair' variant can choose to have mated to 'EAT6' auto transmission upon payment of a further £1,300. There's plenty of kit included, even entry-level 'Feel' variants getting 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, LED 3D-effect rear tail lamps, front fog lights with a cornering function, rear parking sensors, an alarm and the space-saver spare wheel that many rivals make you do without. Plus the 'Progressive Hydraulic Cushion' suspension set-up is fitted to all models for what Citroen calls a 'Magic Carpet' feel over bumpy surfaces.