Does this explain why I — who doesn’t like any other SUV (including the podgy Fiat 500x) — find the Cactus rather appealing? The 2CV is one of my favourite cars and certainly my favourite Citroën. That is saying a lot given the brilliance of the DS and Traction Avant.
I hadn’t really connected the C4 Cactus with the 2CV until I read this wonderful article, with lovely Parisian photography, by Gavin Green. While from a different era, and different class of vehicle, in the Cactus the light*, large and ‘happy’ philosophy of the mighty 2CV lives on.
Even the tourists queuing outside the Grand Palais know they are looking at something different, and something appealing: a Citroën that shows a better way, and a Citroën likely to succeed…
* One line is as much a indictment on the bloated over-weight things badged ‘mini’ these days as it is praise of Citroën’s achievements:
“It’s 200kg lighter than a basic Mini hatch and as roomy as a Focus”
The Cactus 1.2 weighs 1020kg, the 1.6: 1085kg. It’s lighter than the 5 door Mini hatch 1.6 (1205kg), let alone the even more obese 1390kg Countryman 1.6!