Prickly stuff

CITROEN’S quirky C4 Cactus has bounded into the bulging small-SUV market, screaming individuality.

The C4-based SUV has modest market hopes, though its mix of jellybean shapes, bold wheelarches and striking options, including coloured ‘Airbumps’, whacky exterior colours (with contrasting mirrors and roof rails) and interior trims, mean the Cactus can’t fail to stand out.

Citroen says there are 23,184 possible styling combinations, not all of which are tasteful.

Both Cactii feature a 7.0-inch touchscreen, rear-view camera, digital radio, auto wipers, tyre pressure monitors and 17-inch alloys. But a proper automatic gearbox is notably absent...