citroën c4 cactuS
This has to be one of the oddest SUVs we’ve ever driven. It was completely out of its element on anything but tar but we absolutely adored it.
It weighed less than 1 000kg and was equipped with a great 1.2-litre turbocharged threecylinder developing 81kW and 201Nm of torque. It wasn’t great off-road but it handled like a little hot hatch. Include some quirky design details, a superb interior with loads of standard kit and low fuel consumption and you have the perfect recipe for some fun.
Unfortunately, Citroën lost a lot of traction and eventually pulled out of South Africa.
The downside is no dealer footprint but Peugeot dealerships can look after you.
The upside is lots of car for not much cash. For R179 950 you can get a 2016 Cactus with less than 30 000km on the clock. That’s a lot of car for what you’d pay for even the most basic entry-level hatch these days.
THE GOOD: Wicked styling, performance and handling THE BAD: Citroën left SA
CAN IT OFF-ROAD? Stick to tar
PRICE: R179 950 YEAR: 2016 ENGINE: 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbopetrol MILEAGE: 28 000km