THE ODD­BALL

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - TEST -

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

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