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Hi all,just a few random observations from a newish Cactus owner that might help those that haven't taken the plunge yet.

Let me preface this by stating that these observations were gleaned from roughly 6 weeks of unintended various Cacti usage whilst my departed Grand Picasso languished in a main dealership accruing pornographically hilarious sums and shockingly bad customer service.I had 3 different loaner Cacti of all engines/trim levels/gear boxes as each one kept getting sold after I'd had it a bit.

If you can get the diesel,much better gas mileage and much better at passing on the highway as well as steep inclines/mountain roads.Another major plus for the HDI is the weight of the engine,keeps the car better centered and doesn't get buffeted about nearly as much as the Puretech at motorway speeds.I'm in Germany so this is a must.

The armrest on a manual is useless,seriously it gets in the way of shifting.If you don't mind the Citroen funky autobox its worth having just for the crucial extra arm room it gives the front passengers and the whole feng shui or whatever its called effect.

The boot is smaller on the diesels due to Blue tank underneath.The wiper fluid tank is laughably tiny,keep a premixed bottle in the trunk during winter trust me.

Go for the navi,the windshield is kinda squashed and sticking a TomTom up there is claustrophobic inducing seriously the less clutter the better,looking at you Android mount ;)

My kids hated the glass roof,its a small car and all the SUVs can look right down at you doing whatever,I otoh liked it but never had a chance to see if it was a BBQ in the summer sun not to mention I have kamikaze chestnut trees in my neighborhood so I wouldn't trust it.

The glovebox is huge BUT has the same kinda spring loaded plastic junko latch that self destructs too easily.Let's hope fixing this doesn't cost the 200+ that it did on me old C4 GP.My advice spring the latch with your thumb when closing it then release it while the lid is held down with your other hand.Trust me nothing more aggro than a glovebox lid that won't go down,flopping around in your line of sight.

Oh and really no split rear seat or rear light...come on.At least now there's an option for the former,maybe next year for the latter.

And stuff your pride and go for the steels they ride soooo much better than the alloys its not even close in ride quality and you don't have to worry about the missus testing kerb integrity to boot :D
 

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Sooooo basically you hate it? :roll:

My thoughts :

The blue hdi boot is plenty big enough for a family of 3 to pack with suitcases for a holiday.

The glove box is fine as long as you don't ram it full of crap and try to ram the lid down.

The steel wheels don't look great when compared to alloys.

The glass roof gives a feeling of space. We don't do anything in our car that we'd mind lorry drivers looking down on. :?

The washer bottle is small to save weight.

There is now a split rear seat on all cacti I believe.

You really shouldn't be changing gear with the armrest down anyway!
 

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What's the point in joining a forum to write a post like that? :shock:
 

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"each one kept getting sold after I'd had it a bit."
3 sold in 6 weeks not too bad for any dealer? ;)
 

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I must have read something different as I thought it was a decent summary on his thoughts on the car and I may disagree with the washer bottle being to small (ours seems to last ages) it makes interesting reading.

It was interesting reading about the petrol versus the diesel as many on here will know I was desperate to try one when we bought our diesel but none were available in our area. But since then I have actually thought about the weight and how some find their cactus bad in high winds and I don't (so far) and was the heavier diesel the reason. I am actually very happy with the diesel and find it pulls well and seems to be getting better over time as it loosens up over time plus feel better going through recent floods in a the diesel as a diesel has a lot more resilience to water than a petrol

I am happy with boot size but I have never compared to petrol
 

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Hmm I can't relate to any of those points, doesn't sound like my car. I've got a puretech and it doesn't feel in the least flighty or uncomposed at speed or in high winds. This isn't Germany though so perhaps things are different there with no speed limits. I haven't had to refill the washer since I got it in September either, it seems bottomless? I can believe that the 15" steel wheels feel better though, more tyre is always a smoother ride. I'm not sure what size SUVs they have but haven't seen anyone looking through my roof at us doing 'whatever' :shock:
 

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Hmm I can't relate to any of those points, doesn't sound like my car. I've got a puretech and it doesn't feel in the least flighty or uncomposed at speed or in high winds. This isn't Germany though so perhaps things are different there with no speed limits. I haven't had to refill the washer since I got it in September either, it seems bottomless? I can believe that the 15" steel wheels feel better though, more tyre is always a smoother ride. I'm not sure what size SUVs they have but haven't seen anyone looking through my roof at us doing 'whatever' :shock:
Yeah I was thinking the same as I seem just about as high as an SUV
 

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Some thin skins here lol.Post was for prospective buyers deciding btwn diesel and petrol as I had the unique circumstances of several weeks with each covering a few thousand kms.

If you did the same please feel free to chime in.I wouldn't of bought one if I "hated" the car.
 

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PLENTY of wiperfluid

No BBQ-feeling through the roof-window, but a great open feeling making the cabin seem much larger than it is

Petrol-engine, with what sounds like laughable 82 BHP, seems quite sufficient for my needs - also in my vacation in Germany - but then I don't ever drive at more than 140 km/h any way.

"Funky" gearbox is the greatest ever - love my 5 speed "semi-auto" box.

No split seat.....well for the 25 years I've had a car, I've only used that for 2 or 3 times - and only because it was there....not a problem for me

No rear seat light - that should be fixed, I agree.

All in all - LOVE my car.
 

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PLENTY of wiperfluid

No BBQ-feeling through the roof-window, but a great open feeling making the cabin seem much larger than it is

Petrol-engine, with what sounds like laughable 82 BHP, seems quite sufficient for my needs - also in my vacation in Germany - but then I don't ever drive at more than 140 km/h any way.

"Funky" gearbox is the greatest ever - love my 5 speed "semi-auto" box.

No split seat.....well for the 25 years I've had a car, I've only used that for 2 or 3 times - and only because it was there....not a problem for me

No rear seat light - that should be fixed, I agree.

No rear split seat is also no problem at all for me and I don't see the big deal about it. Like you I have used that feature in cars maybe once and that was only because I had a kid in one of the back seats and it would have been easier to drop both anyway.

All in all - LOVE my car.
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Some thin skins here lol.Post was for prospective buyers deciding btwn diesel and petrol as I had the unique circumstances of several weeks with each covering a few thousand kms.

If you did the same please feel free to chime in.I wouldn't of bought one if I "hated" the car.
Like I said earlier I found it interesting and it was one of the points I was going over when I bought my car - I was debating between the 110 petrol and the 100 diesel. In the end the decision was made for me as there was no petrol versions in my area and we were offered a GREAT deal on the 100 diesel.

So you bought a cactus in the end - interesting after such a long test drive. So you must have been impressed in the end. Which version did you go for ?
 

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Went with the manual diesel as Citroen made me a ridiculous offer on the last loaner Cactus I had to offset the subterfuge they pulled with my departed Grand Picassso.

Its a great car,and a height adjustable passenger seat and a rear light would make it just about perfect.I do see that the new models here have the split rear seat as a 250 euro option now.
 

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Went with the manual diesel as Citroen made me a ridiculous offer on the last loaner Cactus I had to offset the subterfuge they pulled with my departed Grand Picassso.

Its a great car,and a height adjustable passenger seat and a rear light would make it just about perfect.I do see that the new models here have the split rear seat as a 250 euro option now.
Yes they do seem to be changing the spec a lot lately. Some have the jukebox some don't and the same with the USB ports.

I think off the top of my head one thing that does annoy me a little with the car is how hard you have to slam the boot so the boot warning light does not come on
 
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I think off the top of my head one thing that does annoy me a little with the car is how hard you have to slam the boot so the boot warning light does not come on
Mine has always closed fine. I just use the grab indent and pull down and the boot closes completely and clicks shut on it's on it's own. Perhaps yours is slightly out of alignment.
 
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Its a great car,and a height adjustable passenger seat and a rear light would make it just about perfect.I do see that the new models here have the split rear seat as a 250 euro option now.
Although you shouldn't have to do this I've fitted a good quality circular LED light behind the arm rest and although you have to switch it on manualy it throws plenty of light on the backs seats to enable to buckle up the kids e.t.c. when it's pitch black.
 

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JohnYoung said:
I think off the top of my head one thing that does annoy me a little with the car is how hard you have to slam the boot so the boot warning light does not come on
Mine has always closed fine. I just use the grab indent and pull down and the boot closes completely and clicks shut on it's on it's own. Perhaps yours is slightly out of alignment.
Maybe - I will check but it seems sometimes it closes easily other times it needs a decent slam. Maybe I am just to used to my old car that once you shut it even gently it pulled itself closed - Very gimmicky but it worked until I got rid of the car which surprised me as I thought it was one thing that would brreak
 
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Maybe I am just to used to my old car that once you shut it even gently it pulled itself closed - Very gimmicky but it worked until I got rid of the car which surprised me as I thought it was one thing that would brreak
That's what I mean I just give mine a pull down and continues on its own and closes.
 
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