Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/15/20 11:29 a.m.
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One of the great frustrations in the automotive world is coming back to your car and seeing bumps and scratches from shopping carts being let loose and other drivers who feel the need to whip their doors open when they park.

Funky French favorite Citroën noticed this problem, and built this, the C4 Cactus. The most notable feature of this little crossover is the “Airbump” panels on the front, back and sides of the vehicle that give the car its cactus-like appearance.

Those panels are not only “useful, attractive and customizable,” but they were also specifically designed to take hits from all the things found in parking lots that seem to be purposely designed to damage bodywork.

Built on the same platform that underpins the current C3 and DS3, the C4 Cactus is available with either a 1.2-liter inline-three engine or a 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine.

So even though the C4 Catus may not have been designed to break track records or ensure drivers the ability to travel over any terrain with ease, the Cactus was built to fix a problem that many normal people have to deal with almost daily. And that sounds like a very Citroën-esque way to build a car to us.

Do you think car companies today should spend more time addressing real-world problems, or do scratches and dents not bother you too much?

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mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
10/15/20 11:33 a.m.

My hope is that manufactures will start to use common "rollerskate" platforms for their electric cars and in do so will be able to give a wide variety of body shapes. Maybe we can ge back to yearly model introductions with bold new styling? 

m4ff3w
m4ff3w UberDork
10/15/20 11:36 a.m.

I saw a ton of these in the UK, seem like a pretty good car for urban people.

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
10/15/20 11:54 a.m.

Somebody ought to make stick-on door inserts like that for Jeeps.

pointofdeparture
pointofdeparture UltimaDork
10/15/20 12:42 p.m.

Always loved these and would happily buy such a thing for a daily driver were it available stateside. Just the perfect balance of funkiness and practicality.

Snrub
Snrub HalfDork
10/15/20 1:35 p.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

My hope is that manufactures will start to use common "rollerskate" platforms for their electric cars and in do so will be able to give a wide variety of body shapes. Maybe we can ge back to yearly model introductions with bold new styling? 

A personal opinion that I find depressing - I really don't think regular people want to own an attractive vehicle. What else explains current market trends. They want the standard crossover blob shape. They want it in a bland color to avoid standing out. Stuff that looks different, doesn't sell. Even look at the concept of a "coupe", whether it was the land yachts of the 70s, smaller ones of the 80s/90s. Different style was why they existed. The Olds Cutlass was the best selling vehicle on the road for multiple years in the last 70s/early 80s. Not trying to suggest that was a great car, but it seems inconceivable that today's consumer would compromise any storage/people capabilities for style, let alone driving dynamics.

Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/15/20 1:41 p.m.

I actually dig that! 

Never, in my life,  did i think I would say that about a stock cuv.

Rjs2005
Rjs2005
10/15/20 3:10 p.m.

Absolutely love the Citroen Cactus.  I would love to see something along these lines here in the US, perhaps in a EV platform.

buzzboy
buzzboy Dork
10/15/20 3:55 p.m.

I love having little bump strips on the doors. They work great. This concept is solid. My grandmother used to love her Saturn because shopping carts bounced off her plastic car. I'm a little more worried about my paint but for people like that, let's do it!

Skvotski
Skvotski New Reader
10/15/20 4:52 p.m.

It reminds me of the Bumper Bully that I see on cars when visiting NYC.  I think they are ugly.  The Cactus looks like Mr. Bib mated with a Mini

jerrysarcastic (Forum Supporter)
jerrysarcastic (Forum Supporter) Reader
10/15/20 5:58 p.m.

What, no love for the Adobe?  Truly ahead of its time...

 

stylngle2003
stylngle2003 Reader
10/15/20 7:57 p.m.
Skvotski said:

It reminds me of the Bumper Bully that I see on cars when visiting NYC.  I think they are ugly.  The Cactus looks like Mr. Bib mated with a Mini

These always scream "hit me harder, I can take it" when I see them.

Nicholas Yasillo
Nicholas Yasillo
10/16/20 2:14 p.m.

Mon Dieu!  Anyone who actually believes that the side view of this Citroen is “useful, attractive and customizable" needs an emergency visit to their ophthalmologist.  The padded sides are an encouragement to those inconsiderate, typically overweight jerks who park 30 cm from the side of one's vehicle and then bang their door open into yours as they try to squeeze out.  A better solution might be a series of 10 cm needle sharp, curare tipped protruding spikes along each side.

einy (Forum Supporter)
einy (Forum Supporter) Dork
10/16/20 3:41 p.m.
Nicholas Yasillo said:

... encouragement to those inconsiderate, typically overweight jerks who park 30 cm from the side of one's vehicle and then bang their door open into yours as they try to squeeze out.

I could probably stand to lose a few pounds (or kilos), yet I don’t door ding anyone that I park next to.  So why the generalization?  Are all skinny people considerate in your eyes?  

ZOO (Forum Supporter)
ZOO (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
10/17/20 4:13 p.m.

I love the Cactus!  It's much smaller than you'd expect . . . certainly smaller than my Golf.

SnowMongoose
SnowMongoose SuperDork
10/17/20 7:12 p.m.

stanger_mussle (Forum Supporter)
stanger_mussle (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
10/17/20 7:39 p.m.

Ever since Groupe PSA and FCA merged to create Stellantis, I have been waiting for a Citroen Hellcactus Redeye Widebody.

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
10/17/20 7:51 p.m.

If you like the shape but not the side bumper detailing, just buy the regular C4. I'm a fan of the size of it and many other smaller European hatches. For comparison, this thing is about 4 inches longer than a Kia Rio hatch and 6 inches shorter than a MINI Countryman. I'd drive one.

Cactus
Cactus HalfDork
10/18/20 12:11 a.m.

I wanted one ever since I learned they weren't gonna bring them to the states.

Olemiss540
Olemiss540 Reader
10/18/20 7:03 a.m.
Cactus said:

I wanted one ever since I learned they weren't gonna bring them to the states.

Caus Cactus.

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