2. There are 23,184 possible colour, trim and drivetrain combinations for the Cactus: 10 paint colours, four AirBump colours, six interior colours, and choices for the roof bars, wheels, mirrors, and more.
3. Cactus has pop-out rear windows, which save weight and add space in the doors for storage (because the windows don’t slide down into the doors). No wind-down rear windows is a bit of a throwback to quirky French classics like the Citroen 2CV, which had flip windows, and the Renault 8 and 10, which had windows that slid horizontally.
4. Bench-style seats and a tall roof make the Cactus feel spacious inside. The seats may look flat but they’re surprisingly supportive. The split-fold rear seat was developed by Citroen engineers for Australia.
5. The diesel Cactus has a semi-automatic gearbox with no gear selector like a typical car. Instead, it has buttons on the dashboard for drive, neutral and reverse.
6. Citroen gave it the name Cactus because a cactus does not need much water, like this car doesn’t need much fuel. Citroen also says the AirBumps on the side protect it, just like thorns protect a cactus. Cheesy? Maybe. But cars shouldn’t have to be serious all the time.
7. Cactus has a feature called Magic Wash, which uses water jets in the windscreen wiper blades to clean the windscreen rather than using jets on the bonnet. Citroen says it works better than a conventional system and halves the amount of water used.
Now read our review on the Citroen C4 Cactus.