RE­LAX: CITROEN’S NEW C4 CAC­TUS IS THE UL­TRA COM­FORT­ABLE HATCH­BACK

Citroen has up­dated its funky C4 Cac­tus hatch­back, with new in­te­rior and ex­te­rior styling, en­gi­neer­ing and the lat­est tech­nol­ogy.

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page -

WHAT’S NEW?

Quite a lot, ac­tu­ally. New sus­pen­sion, fancy new seat­ing, up­dated ex­ter­nal de­sign and a re­freshed cabin.

Plus, there is a bunch of the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and 12 driver as­sis­tance sys­tems. Con­nec­tively is mas­sively im­proved with the ad­di­tion of the lat­est sys­tems. Oh, and some new en­gines as well.

ON THE OUT­SIDE

The ex­ter­nal de­sign is more flow­ing and bet­ter bal­anced than its pre­de­ces­sor, with­out throw­ing the baby out with the bath­wa­ter.

It still stands out amongst the hatch­back crowd, in­clud­ing the use of a ‘float­ing’ roof, al­though the con­tro­ver­sial Air­bumps are now slim­mer, smaller and po­si­tioned down to­wards the bot­tom of the doors.

Air­bump sup­port­ers say they of­fer ex­cel­lent pro­tec­tion against scrapes, bumps and dings.

The new model boasts an ex­tended range of ex­ter­nal per­son­al­i­sa­tion op­tions, with nine body colours – in­clud­ing a new Emer­ald Blue metal­lic paint – and four Colour Packs, giv­ing a to­tal of 31 pos­si­ble com­bi­na­tions.

IN THE CABIN

Citroën says en­hanced sound­proof­ing has been added, but the bug change in­ter­nally is the de­ploy­ment of Citroën’s Ad­vanced Com­fort seats.

These fea­ture bol­stered sup­port and height-ad­just­ments for the driver and the front pas­sen­ger, plus ad­justable lum­bar sup­port for the driver.

“Ex­cep­tional com­fort” is as­sured by the foam and high-den­sity layer used within each seat. The con­struc­tion de­liv­ers the cor­rect sup­port, which is par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial on long jour­neys.

The soft

ness of the foam, the ex­tra pad­ding and the over­all ap­pear­ance of the seats give an im­pres­sion of com­fort be­fore you even sit down.

BE­HIND THE WHEEL

The man­u­fac­turer boasts that com­fort is then taken to the “next level” thanks to Citroën’s Pro­gres­sive Hy­draulic Cush­ions sus­pen­sion.

This is a Euro­pean first and is stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion on Feel and Flair trim lev­els. This next-gen­er­a­tion tech­nol­ogy ab­sorbs road im­per­fec­tions for a “magic car­pet” ride ef­fect, with­out ad­versely af­fect­ing the car’s han­dling or driv­ing plea­sure.

(If you ex­pe­ri­ence a feel­ing of déjà vu, you might be re­mem­ber­ing the air sus­pen­sions of fa­mous old Citroëns of the 70s and 80s.)

In fact the way it works is, says Citroën, quite sim­ple. Whilst con­ven­tional sus­pen­sion sys­tems use a shock ab­sorber, a spring and me­chan­i­cal bump stops at each cor­ner of the car, the Pro­gres­sive Hy­draulic Cush­ions (PHC) sys­tem adds two hy­draulic stops on each sus­pen­sion unit to re­place the me­chan­i­cal stops.

There is one hy­draulic stop for com­pres­sion and one for de­com­pres­sion. The sus­pen­sion there­fore works in two stages to match how the car is be­ing used.

For light com­pres­sion and de­com­pres­sion, the springs and shock ab­sorbers con­trol the ver­ti­cal move­ments, with no as­sis­tance re­quired from the hy­draulic stops.

Dur­ing ma­jor im­pacts, the springs and shock ab­sorbers work to­gether with the hy­draulic com­pres­sion or de­com­pres­sion stops that grad­u­ally slow the move­ment to avoid sud­den jolts at the end of the range.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

Citroën’s lat­est gen­er­a­tion en­gines are avail­able, with diesel and petrol choices.

The high­est-per­for­mance ver­sion is avail­able with the tur­bocharged Puretech 130 S&S mated to a 6-speed man­ual gear­box.

The Puretech 110, also tur­bocharged, is avail­able with a 5-speed man­ual gear­box (PureTech 110 S&S man­ual) or the EAT6 6-speed au­to­matic gear­box (Puretech 110 S&S EAT6). The en­try-level model is pow­ered by the Puretech 82 with a man­ual gear­box.

The diesel pow­er­plants from launch are the Bluehdi 100 man­ual and the Bluehdi 100 S&S man­ual. This au­tumn an au­to­matic diesel, Bluehdi 120 S&S EAT6 comes on stream.

DRIVER SAFETY TECH

Citroën has packed in 12 driv­ing as­sis­tance sys­tems to make ev­ery day driv­ing eas­ier and safer. These in­clude Ac­tive Safety Brake which uses a mul­ti­pur­pose cam­era to de­tect ob­sta­cles and ap­ply the brakes be­tween 3mph and 52mph.

Also in­cluded are Grip Con­trol – which en­ables the ve­hi­cle to adapt its front wheel grip de­pend­ing on the sur­face (snow, mud, sand etc.) – Cof­fee Break Alert, Speed Limit Recog­ni­tion and Rec­om­men­da­tion, Park As­sist, and a Blind Spot Mon­i­tor­ing Sys­tem.

ON BOARD CON­NEC­TIV­ITY

The 7-inch touch­screen groups to­gether all of the key ve­hi­cle func­tions, such as the air con­di­tion­ing, ra­dio and tele­phone.

Other tech­nolo­gies in­clude voice-con­trolled 3D nav­i­ga­tion via Citroën Con­nect Nav, Citroën Con­nect Box with Emer­gency & As­sis­tance and Mir­ror Screen func­tion­al­ity with An­droid Auto, Ap­ple Carplay and Mir­ror­link.

TRIM LEV­ELS

The main trim lev­els are Feel, Feel Edi­tion, and Flair. A spe­cial Puretech 82 man­ual Feel Edi­tion is avail­able un­til the end of May at a spe­cial price of £17,265.

The main range starts from £17,995 for a Puretech 110 S&S man­ual, and cur­rently tops out at £21,165 for a Puretech 110 S&S EAT6 auto.

“The ex­ter­nal de­sign is more flow­ing and bet­ter bal­anced than its pre­de­ces­sor, with­out throw­ing the baby out with the bath­wa­ter. It still stands out amongst the hatch­back crowd, in­clud­ing the use of a ‘float­ing’ roof.”

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