Hasty a glance to realize that the Citroën C4 Cactus is not a car anymore. Despite what its name suggests, it takes place on the technical basis of more modest C3, imbued with a wrapping very attractive, especially for younger. His lighthearted image with solutions like Airbumps guards outside, high body and overall comfort, increase the attractiveness of a product really different terms are used to driving.
One of the most personal versions is curiously animated by the gasoline engine humblest of the range. It is a three-cylinder 1.2 liter displacement and 82 hp that despite his modesty, can maintain reasonable commuting peripheral cruise we had little agility with -facilitada change in this case by the ETG5 of clutch robotizado- and come to shine in town with fuel costs actually contained. Idling is very quiet and vibrates slightly, feature is maintained until the time reaches the last part of the counter near the red area, in that its condition felt three cylinder engine. Its simplicity makes it suitable for urban driving, typical of short journeys in which just enough time to reach the optimum operating temperature and therefore punished debugging elements turbodiesel gas as EGR valves and particulate filters.
In this case, the Pure Tech 1.2 is complemented by the optional five-speed change ETG. It is an option in exchange for 900 euros extras will bring us comfort, especially in town, avoid having to depress the clutch pedal. In fact, it does not exist but the mechanism is integrated into the gearbox and will open or close either automatic or so obeying the impulses of the -fijas- paddles behind the steering wheel.
Is change that unlike conventional automatic torque converter, It requires a small learning period to achieve maximum smoothness of operation. Implies appreciate when the change will occur at that time to reduce the burden of accelerator thus avoiding pitching the car would come first when disengaged change and secondly when the upshift is log into. Once saved this circumstance, it is pleasant to use and comes to make a more active role in driving.
Also in the city we can benefit your body is higher in a conventional passenger. and avoid touching the bumpers when parking on drums on the street and in the same circumstances, plastic body protectors will prevent small strokes caused by people who open your car door carelessly parked there beside cars.
The dynamic capacity is limited both when accelerating and to cope with an overtaking maneuver. Shown preference for relaxed acceleration and constant drive to continue appreciating the ride comfort rhythms. In this regard, the suspension also is soft, perhaps even end because in difficult conditions such as large potholes appeared in certain speed curves show reaches some difficulty sustaining path. The positive counterpart is that neither the asphalt patches city or expansion joints or bumps to be transmitted to the passenger compartment.
The charming diversity
The dismetría studied and a design that differs from the usual make a surprise inside. It is generous roominess, boot capacity and storage compartments, although the lack of depth adjustment of the steering wheel can make it difficult to find the most comfortable driving position. The feeling also improve with a seat in the lower back area was less prominent but not get to be uncomfortable.
The unit tested has the name Shine, most equipped with two robotized, and the truth is that it is generously endowed, with elements such as browser, climate control, rear view camera and rain sensor and lights that make up the price difference from the lower finish.
In short, this C4 Cactus is a comfortable, well-equipped car, capable of stopping over very short distances and whose mechanical simplicity you will do very suitable for those who mainly make urban driving or like the relaxed driving, look at the smoothness their controls will have a positive impact. Has personality and solutions such as bumpers and protected Airbums reaffirm their adaptation to the obstacles of the city and its parks.