The Cactus is a very comfortable SUV. Its front ‘sofa’ seats have plenty of adjustment, and are wide and supportive. In the driver’s seat, the lack of reach adjustment may compromise the driving position for taller drivers, but there’s plenty of head, leg and shoulder room. The controls are within easy reach, with the cruise control, audio and phone systems operated via the steering wheel buttons.
In the diesel, the automatic has shift-paddles, but even selecting drive is easily done by a push-button ‘D’ on the dash.
The second row is also spacious, with excellent seats. A downside here, though, is a lack of air-vents, as well as pop-out windows.
In terms of storage, there’s an excellent 8.5-litre glovebox in the front dash, as well as generous door bins throughout and map pockets in the front seatbacks. The boot, too, is 358 litres, making it one of the larger sized in its class. It’s also a very practical, easy opening to load the cargo area as well. A 60:40 fold rear seat adds to its versatility.
On the road, the ride is comfortable, especially at slow speed. Both engines are refined, and the cabin is very well insulated from road noise, too.