In the summer, Citroën passes from C4. The cactus remains but continues in a new outfit. Airbump” fans have to be strong there. We were able to drive the New 2019 Citroen C4 Cactus in advance.
His unconventional appearance has always made him stand out from the mass of compact cars. This is exactly what the Citroën C4 Cactus should do: Strengthen the brand, sharpen the profile. The thick air pads on the flank were Airbumps. They became almost a hallmark of Citroën in no time.
The Airbumps has now assumed a little air. After four years of construction, the 2019 Citroen C4 Cactus will receive the most extensive model overhaul in the company’s history for spring 2018. At least Citroën boss Linda Jackson calls the big facelift and talks about the “new Cactus”.
Whoever sees old and new next to each other must agree with her. From the teen-cheeky car has become a serious-sensible type. The cactus loses its spikes. Say The vast majority of his Airbumps. Only above the sill, the designers suggest three plastic bubbles. But don’t worry, the car still has enough extravagance over other compacts like VW Golf or Renault Mégane.
2019 Citroen C4 Cactus Redesign; New Body Work
Citroën wants to hit two flies with one stone in the future. The regular compact car C4 runs out in the summer and is not replaced for the time being. His buyer does not want to scare Citroën with too much Airbumps and playfulness. On the other hand, the revised model is intended to appeal to the previous Cactus lovers. So Citroën chose the Golden Center and took a lot of money in the hand.
Usually, only the attachments and perhaps the headlights are changed during a facelift. Changes to the sheet metal will attract enormous tool costs. The 2019 Citroen C4 Cactus nevertheless received a completely new outer skin. He only kept his idiosyncratic proportions.
There are fewer conversions in the interior. The cool suitcase loop handles on the doors remained as well as the rear window. Also for cost reasons, the mirror behind the right sun visor is still missing. And with a few euros, Citroën would have been able to design the Türablagen in such a way that a one-liter bottle fits upright there. Or to banish a bit of hard plastic from the cockpit. You didn’t.
2019 Citroen C4 Cactus Interior Changes
A lot is going on with the seats. They also previously offered wide armchairs and radiated a coziness that no other car manufacturer offers in this form (and in this price range). However, many customers felt the stalls to be too soft, especially on longer routes. “We have now chosen a firmer support in the substructure,” says product manager Pierre Yves Cousteau, and describes the new armchairs in the handsome marketing German as “advanced comfort seats”.
The term “advanced comfort” will also grace the suspension. Citroën is exclusively equipping its models with this. Next is the C5 Aircross at the end of the year. The other group brands Peugeot, DS and Opel do not receive the system.
The “Advanced Comfort suspension” is designed to replace the C5-retired hydropneumatic and to achieve almost their comfort. But this with much simpler, cheaper and less maintenance-intensive technology. The principle: two hydraulic stops on each shock absorber regulate pressure and traction. Only springs and dampers work with light loads. If the damper is demanded more, the hydraulic stop absorbs excess forces and weakens the spring back.
2019 Citroen C4 Cactus Cabin; Comfy
The result feels good: on our first trip through the Alpine region south of Geneva, the 2019 Citroen C4 Cactus fully convinced. A harmoniously tuned and comfortable car, soft in longitudinal, but firm enough in the transverse direction. Smaller shocks, for example, of channel lids, are sometimes somewhat harsh. You can’t expect air-sprung Mercedes-Maybach comfort.
The 131 PS strong gasoline version proved to be just as pleasant – significantly more power than the cactus had previously. The 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine is lively and surprisingly well absorbs gas. At 80 or 100 km/h you forget to switch to the 5th or 6th gear, so quietly it goes in the cactus. For model maintenance Barstow Citroën thicker glass, new door, an acoustic windshield and more insulation material.
Nevertheless, the car remains a lightweight. The Frenchman brings about 150 kilos less than the competition to the scales. “We have the best-in-class relationship between weight, performance, and consumption,” says Cousineau. And that even though the cactus finally got a split flip backbench.
compares the Cactus PureTech 130 with Ford Focus EcoBoost 125 and Renault Mégane TCE 130:1,045 Kilo weighs the Citroën, 1,280 kg of Ford and 1,205 kg of the Renault. It is not surprising that the C4 cactus decreases the two almost two seconds during acceleration and uses 4.8 l/100 km significantly less than the Mégane (5.3 L). The Ford is taking the French by 0.1 l/100 km, despite the more weight.
2019 Citroen C4 Cactus Release Date and Price
The launch of the 2019 Citroen C4 Cactus is scheduled for April 2018. Let’s get started according to the price list from 17,490 euro. This is about 600 euros under a basic golf, but 900 euros above the last entry price of the preface lift-Cactus. At VW there are 85 PS for this. The Citroën C4 Cactus started at 82 hp before the facelift, and in the future, 110 PS will form the initial engine. In France, the 82-PS gasoline engine is being offered, so Citroën Germany could go down.
In the automatic version, the 2019 Citroen C4 Cactus costs from 20,640 euro. The variant we have driven with 131 hp starts at 20,190 Euro. The French can pay the diesel (99 hp) at least 20,790 euros. Nine exterior finishes, five trim variants, and four styling packages will offer Citroën for the 4.17-meter long cactus. So there are enough combinations for the buyer to tailor his car and make him stand out a little more from the crowd than he already does.
2019 Citroen C4 Cactus Specs Sheet
Model: PureTech 130
Engine: 1.2-liter-three-cylinder petrol
Power: 131 hp (96 kw) @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 230 nm at 1,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
0-100 km/h: 9.1 s
Maximum speed: 193 km/h
Consumption: 4.8 L/100 km
Length: 4.17 m
Width: 1.819 m
Height: 1.573 m
Empty weight: 1,045 kg
Boot: 348 to 1,170 L
List Price: 20,190 euro
Market launch: April 2018