Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Citroen C4 Cactus Flair PureTech 110; EXECUTIVE MOTORING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Citroen C4 Cactus Flair PureTech 110; EXECUTIVE MOTORING

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Byline: Ian Donaldson

THE Navigator-in-Chief, in an urgent stage whisper, said: "Stop, they'll think you've gone mad." She may be right. T you've gone mad." She may be right. The setting was a busy supermarket car park, and the action which sparked the demand to stop immediately was me gently banging a shopping trolley into the side of the car.

Not as crazy as it sounds. You'll have noticed the stand-out visual feature of this interesting new hatchback from Citroen; the plastic padding down the sides and around the lights, front and rear.

Called Airbumps, they're intended to both make the C4 Cactus stand out from the crowd (choose from four colours) and take a bit of light trolley bashing without needing a trip to the paint shop. I'd say they work on both counts.

Price: PS17,190 >Mechanical: >1,199cc, 3cyl driving front five-speed Max speed: >0-62mph: 9.3 >Combined >Insurance >CO2 emissions: >BIK rating: >Warranty: 3 They are also intended to show that Citroen - once famous for its quirky take on family motoring - is getting back to basics with a car that includes practical features but ditches anything that adds to cost or mere complication.

>years/60,000 Those Airbumps are the most obviously practical feature, but hop aboard and you'll find a big glovebox on top of the dash (possibly thanks to airbags now mounted in the roof), generous door pockets and displays showing only the most important information, to reduce the visual clutter.

Thrown out are items you may only miss occasionally, or not at all. They include a rev counter, wind-up rear windows (they hinge instead), a passenger sun visor mirror and split/folding rear seat (it's in one piece, to save weight).

Then you'll notice the lack of buttons and switches for the sound system, sat nav and heating. They're all controlled from the nicely large touchscreen that dominates the dashboard. Again, nicely minimal if you're a designer, but often more of a fiddle to work than a simple button push.

The boot is big enough for family duties and the rear bench will seat adults without complaint. …

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