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Citroen C4 Cactus

C4 Cactus

1 Mar 2016

Citroen brought its uniquely-styled C4 Cactus to Australia in March 2016, with the hatchback/SUV crossover aiming to give the French brand's Australian sales a shot in the arm.

The Cactus was sold in two specifications, with either a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol three-cylinder teamed to a five-speed manual and a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder with a six-speed single-clutch automated manual.

The petrol engine, shared with the Peugeot 308, produced 81kW of power at 5500rpm and 205Nm of torque at 1500rpm. It claimed 0-100km/h in 9.3 seconds and 4.7 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

The diesel engine developed 68kW at 4000rpm and 230Nm at 1750rpm. As with the petrol engine, it had an automatic idle-stop system to help reduce fuel consumption to 3.5L/100km while 0-100km/h can be reached in 11.4s.

Both drivetrains were available only in a high-specification Exclusive model grade. Common equipment included a 7.0-inch touchscreen housing controls for the satellite navigation, digital radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, single-zone climate control and rearview camera.

Other standard features included automatic headlights and wipers, LED courtesy and maplights, power mirrors and front windows, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 17-inch alloy wheels with a 15-inch steel-rimmed spare.

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