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Price, fuel economy, range and depreciation

The Citroën C4 Cactus may well become an appealingly low-cost ownership proposition once it’s on your driveway, but putting it there cheaply enough is another matter.

Our BlueHDi 100 Flair road test car was just under £20k once all of its options were accounted for – hardly the stuff of pragmatic brilliance. The Cactus range starts with prices beginning with a ‘12’, but so do several key rivals.

Rivals like the Dacia Duster dominate this class with incredible value for money, a spacious interior and a workmanlike nature

So although it’s a lot of car for the money, making a real bargain out of the Cactus will be down to haggling with your dealer.

The Cactus takes some beating on CO2 emissions, though, and it’s generously equipped. Fuel economy is good – at times excellent. Our BlueHDi 100 Flair's overall return of 46.6mpg was deflated by plenty of fast motorway running and our performance figuring session. Drive this car more modestly and 60mpg is easily achievable.

Wider test experience suggests that the best engine will probably be the 1.2 Puretech 110 petrol – unless your mileage is going to be high. Have it in sub-£16k Feel trim. Pay extra for a spare wheel and metallic paint but avoid the sunroof and 17-inch wheels.