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Was it Amsterdam that had them raving about the Cactus? PH tries one in the UK to find out..

Citroen has successfully subverted quasi-SUV values to its own ends.

It's a Citroen with brown bubble wrap on the side...So you get the confidence inspiring loftiness everyone seems to love and a soupcon of kerb bashing 4x4 ruggedness but executed with a genuine sense of fun and none of the macho posturing so tiresome among many rivals. It's been cleverly engineered to a price, embraces weight-saving minimalism and includes a wacky innovation that both looks quirky and banishes door bashing car park neurosis in a stroke. Welcome back Citroen!

Design is of course subjective and you'll either love the Cactus or hate it. A poll of the PH office had most of us in the former camp, qualified by a little disquiet about the optionally hued 'Chocolate Airbumps'. There's something of 70s sci-fi about both the interior and exterior that's hugely appealing - it's all a bit Star Wars, with a garnish of Kubrick-esque 2001 Space Odyssey on top. Conformist Q3 aspirants aside the Nissan Juke has proved buyers in this sector aren't as conservative as they might seem and if there's any justice the Cactus deserves similar success.

...and yet there's plenty that's rather cool about itObviously it'll be a hit with the school run set and a more quirky family car alternative to the likes of the inexplicably popular Countryman.

Read the full review here: http://www.pistonheads.com/news/default.asp?storyId=30681
 

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One of the most satisfying transitions from concept car to production cars for an 'ordinary' family car. By far the most original and attractive of the SUV's on the market
 
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