French hatchback ditched in favour of higher-riding alternative; new Citroën C-segment car due in 2020
Julian Rendell
26 October 2017

Citroën will axe the C4 from its line-up this year, with no direct replacement for the C-segment hatchback planned for launch before 2020.

The company revealed today that its heavily revamped C4 Cactus will temporarily take the place of the C4, which rivals the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, until an all-new model is ready for production in 2020 or 2021.

2018 Citroën C4 Cactus overhauled with hydraulic suspension tech

“The current C4 is a seven-year-old design and we had to make a decision. We will stop production and the C4 Cactus will take its place,” said Xavier Peugeot, product planning boss.

The significantly revamped C4 Cactus (pictured below) goes into production later this year and right-hand-drive cars arrive in March or April 2018.

Citroën is already looking at the design and engineering of the car that will succeed the C4 Cactus, which will only be on sale for three to four years in its re-engineered form.

“We see an opportunity to do something fresh and different with the new C4 in three to four years time,” added Peugeot.

The C4 Cactus revamp includes a significant suspension upgrade with new softer-riding springs and dampers, 80% new body panels and a reduction in the size of the 'airbumps' featured on the doors. The car also gets a more up-market front end with extra chrome and a prominent Citroën double-chevron badge.

Inside, there are new optional seats with an extra layer of foam padding, designed to combine with the new softer suspension to turn the C4 Cactus into a more mature family hatchback.

The new dampers have been developed in conjunction with supplier KYB and feature a pair of smaller hydraulic dampers to replace the bumpstop function at the extremes of wheel travel.

Because the dampers can cope with wider extremes of wheel travel, Citroën engineers have softened the main suspension springs by 10% to create a more pillowy ride.

“We are talking here about 21st-century comfort in suspension and seats. But it is more than that, Citroën is about well-being and peace of mind,” said Citroën boss Linda Jackson.

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26 October 2017
I ran a C4 for 2 and a half years. Surprisingly, It has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. Thoroughly enjoyed owning it. It was no sports car in the corners, but it was economical and suited my purposes. Plus, it was cheap to buy cone the first place! Shame it's gone, but not much point continuing it when the C4 cactus is having that much of an overhaul

27 October 2017
superstevie wrote:

I ran a C4 for 2 and a half years. Surprisingly, It has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. Thoroughly enjoyed owning it. It was no sports car in the corners, but it was economical and suited my purposes. Plus, it was cheap to buy cone the first place! Shame it's gone, but not much point continuing it when the C4 cactus is having that much of an overhaul

A colleauge at work has had similar experience with a C4. He bought a 2012 example, when the car was 18 months old, for a very low price and has been very happy with it.

As you say, it's no sports car, but it's not meant to be. It's quiet, very comfortable, roomy enough, well equipped and for him it's been very reliable. The reviews are not very complimentary towards the C4, but I think it's an underrated car. Just a shame that family hatches are giving way to the mad rush to SUVs.

27 October 2017

Where I work, some Citroen C4s were brought in a few years ago (along with the previous Renault Megane) to replace a fleet of 1 Series and A3s because many of them kept having reliability and build quality issues. The C4 and the Megane have been much more reliable, in fact only one of the Renaults had to be fixed for a couple of faults. 

27 October 2017

Good ridance to a rubbish car that never deserved to wear the Citroen badge.

27 October 2017

Echo the other comments. I bought a year old C4 2.0 HDi Exclusive in 2012. Ran it for three years and 50k miles with zero faults. The most reliable car i have ever owned bar none. Build quality way in excess of contemporary Focus etc too

I have now owned 57 cars to date....

27 October 2017

Clever, pragmatic move by Citroen effectively to replace the moribund C4 by the updated Cactus, although it's a shame that the latter has lost some of its individuality in the process. 

27 October 2017
Good to see others have had a similar experience with the C4.

@Typos1 maybe so, but at least Citroen seem to gave found their mojo again. The C4 wasn't their finest in terms if Citroen-ness, but as a working car, it was far better than the slating it got.

29 October 2017

The original "Air Bump" Citroen CACTUS (2014) - although named "C4 CACTUS" - was based on the more rudimentary, cheaper, more simple PF1 platform "chassis" (mechanical components), of the smaller Citroen "C3" conventional hatch-back.  

With the ride height of the normal "C3" slightly elevated to provide greater ground clearance; and, with the addition of certain rugged "off-road" nuances to the exterior styling (including the "Air Bumps"); the Citroen "C4 CACTUS" exuded sufficient SUV connotations to become a popular vehicle.

The revisions to the Citroen "C4 CACTUS" for the 2018 model year, are intended to bring the style of the vehicle more in line with the rest of the models within the "main stream" range of Citroen vehicles.  The distinctive "Air Bumps" are gone. The exterior styling - particularly the front - are redolent of the rest of the "main stream" range of Citroen vehicles.

The Citroen company’s global boss Linda Jackson, did recently say that the company "would not become a hostage to the Air Bumps"

Although the simple rectangular instrument box directly in front of the driver are still very evocative of the instruments within the iconic "2CV", the rest of the 2018 "C4 CACTUS" has been upgraded and remodeled - particularly the door-cards, center consul, and seat construction/upholstery.

The 2018 "C4 CACTUS" has been so changed, and so refined, that it is understood it will now  REPLACE  the slightly larger Citroen "C4" conventional hatch-back, within the range of Citroen vehicles. Other than the outline silhouette of the "C4 CACTUS" (and, that simple rectangular instrument box directly in front of the driver), the 2018 "C4 CACTUS" bears little - or no - resemblance to the original, now established, popular vehicle.

It is suggested that Citroen may have made a mistake in abandoning the niche market segment it created and successfully exploited with the original "Air Bump" Citroen CACTUS (2014) !!

There is nothing inherently wrong in replacing the existing, former, slightly larger (and therefore comparatively more expensive to produce), PF2 Platform, Citroen "C4" conventional hatch-back, with the 2018 "C4 CACTUS". However, it is somewhat disingenuous and confusing to still append the "CACTUS" name to the more sophisticated 2018 model. It would be more appropriate to simply refer to - and market - the new vehicle as the Citroen "C4".

That would enable Citroen to indulge the now established clientele of the original "Air Bump" Citroen "C4 CACTUS".

It is suggested that to identify that vehicle more clearly, and to differentiate it from the rest of the "main stream" range of Citroen vehicles, that the CONTINUEING model should be now simply referred to as "CACTUS", and abandon the prefix "C4".

2 November 2017

Sure it was a bit bland and not the most Citroney like but it was as has been said above a good,solid reliable car with a good classy interior too. I don,t think it deserved the slating it got either. 

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