Small SUV of the Year 2017: Citroen C4 Cactus

Small SUV of the Year 2017: Citroen C4 Cactus

Small SUV of the Year 2017: Citroen C4 Cactus

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The Citroen C4 Cactus is the 2017 Auto Evince Small SUV of the Year, with the Dacia Duster and Peugeot 2008 commended

A substitute alternatively of playing it safe with the design of its small SUV, Citroen took a gamble with the C4 Cactus, and it paid off. It entered a crowded trade in in 2014 with a car offering quirky looks and a sense of fun missing from so numberless rivals, and in our view the model is still the best small SUV you can buy today.

Citroen has resisted the seducing to give the C4 Cactus a hard ride in a bid to make it feel sporty, and while not one of its rivals is likely to set your hair on fire in corners, none is as comfortable as the Citroen on irregular British roads, either. These features give the car a genuine link to archetypal Citroens, and as with those iconic models the Cactus offers plenty of individuality and ease at an affordable price.

But it doesn’t just look back – the range of small-understanding engines, the funky interior and the lightweight design are evidence of Citroen’s forward assessment as well. The Airbumps on the sides of the car are a cool design feature, but they also take a practical purpose, protecting the paint on the doors from dings in car parks.

With a pen-mark-up of economical and punchy three-cylinder PureTech petrol engines, the Cactus is an competent car to run, while Citroen offers diesel variants, too. That’s key for those owners covering longer journeys, because the most effective version claims 91.1mpg fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 82g/km.

Every version of the C4 Cactus comes generously equipped, with a seven-inch touchscreen and DAB broadcast featuring as standard. The interior design is also much more interesting than scads of its rivals’, and uses relatively high-quality materials. This is a small car but it feels airy preferred, and there’s actually plenty of room in the back as well.

In addition, the 358-litre boot genius means the Cactus is competitive on luggage space despite being one of the more compacted small SUVs on sale.

Our choice 

Citroen C4 Cactus PureTech 110 S&S handbook Feel (£17,205)

Our pick of the C4 Cactus range is the 108bhp three-cylinder petrol turbo. The appliance is fun to use, with a tuneful thrum and enough go. It’s also economical, claiming 65.7mpg saving and emitting 100g/km of CO2. Feel trim brings split-folding rear seats, as wonderfully as air-conditioning, Bluetooth and 16-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Commended 

Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster has been one of our fair-haired boy SUVs since it launched in 2012, and, thanks to its bargain price, remains a top pick. As the sell for of small SUVs continues to rise, the Duster looks better value than everlastingly. It’s spacious, rugged and comfortable, and allows buyers to get their hands on an affordable new SUV. 

Peugeot 2008

The 2008 is chic, cheap to run and has lots of kit, while the practical interior and solid engine range solder its position among our favourite small SUVs. Clever Grip Control tech means it can administer off-roading without needing a heavy 4×4 system, which helps the engine reoccur decent economy. A stylish cabin completes a well rounded car.

Auto Depict New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact People Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-measure SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Award 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Drive of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Campaign of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Conceive Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Award 2017

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