Longer days have thankfully resulted in less reliance on the C4ís poor headlights. That the carís daylight running lights occasionally felt brighter was a source of amusement and frustration. The yellow-tinged main beam mightíve added a little flavour of old school French motoring to the driving experience, but I already did the CitroÎn BX experience when they were new. I might be a Luddite when it comes to the unnecessary inclusion of touchscreens and over-zealous active safety technology, but I do like modern, high power headlights.
Itís not as if I was routinely driving along unlit rural French D-roads, but I noted that I did make heavy use of the carís main beam even around town ñ always a sign that your headlights arenít up to the job. Still, at least the column stalk went the ërightí way: pull towards you to activate and deactivate the main beam. Just like it did on my dadís BX. These ergonomic consistencies matter to car nerds like me.
The considered, positive counterpoint to my rant is praise for the C4ís tail lights. I have no idea if they are bright enough, but they sure do look cool ñ especially at night. Make no mistake, the C4 Cactus is a quirky car; itís a central part of its appeal and the vast majority of the time the various design and operational quirks hit the bullseye. Like with the funky alloy wheel design, the rear lights score a direct hit.
My wallet also continues to like the C4 Cactus thanks to its sparing consumption of diesel. Regularly achieving low 60mpg figures has meant a slight adjustment in driving style, though. More of a relaxed companion on A-roads than a hardened motorway weapon, sticking to the speed limit or even hobnobbing with the slower trucks on motorways results in low sixties consumption and a sufficiently quiet cabin to better enjoy listening to the wireless. Rural motoring can see that mpg figure rise, while the slower pace compliments the carís modest gearing and mostly compliant suspension.
And given the current state of our nationís roads ñ think surface of the moon but worse ñ Iím continually grateful for the C4ís comfortable front seats. The motoring world is full of hype, yet Iím pleased to report that CitroÎnís efforts to make driving more pleasant in the face of local councilís failing to do their job genuinely exceed the usual marketing hot air. The only thing missing is the ability to remove them from the cabin so you can set up a roadside picnic. I wonder if anyone at CitroÎn has ever thought about doing thatÖ
Itís true, I do have a soft spot for the C4 Cactus, and while my references to CitroÎn cars of old is part tongue in check, itís clear that the French marque is channelling some of its heritage through the C4ís various features and how it drives, and it should be applauded for doing so.
Date arrived 21st October 2018
Fuel economy 70.6mpg (combined) 61.3mpg (on test)
You can’t accuse the C4 of being plain; the rear light design is one of its best features.
The bog-standard headlights don’t impress me much though, as they’re very weak.