Proving the Utility of Citroën C4 Cactus’ Airbumps

The Citroën C4 Cactus marks the French brand’s returns to its traditional values of innovation and quirkiness after a too long period of blandness.

It’s arguably the most innovative design in its segment, both in terms of styling and engineering. It’s a very light SUV thanks to its C3-sourced platform, lack of four-wheel drive and use of lightweight materials, it’s very economical (at least diesel-powered models are), quite affordable to buy and Citroën claims operating costs are 10 percent lower compared to competitors.

Carbuyer’s Mat Watson wanted to check Citroën’s claims for himself, especially those regarding the Airbump system, which is said to offer protection against car park bumps and scrapes. The opening photo we used gives you a clear idea about how he chose to test the Airbumps, but the good news is the C4 Cactus suffered no damage whatsoever.

Find out what else is interesting about the French crossover in the following video.


  • pcurve

    those panels are automotive equivalent of “kick me” note.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Yeah, this is true.

  • Bo Hanan

    Can’t believe this made it to production.

  • Designerdrew

    I’d be interested to know how the side panels will fair after two British winters, summers and repeated car wash visits, I think they might start to look really tacky, and what price will Citroen charge to replace them?

    • europeon

      Cars had plastic exposed unpainted parts and bumpers for some time now, and they cope pretty well with harsh climates. It’s not like they’re made of the same glossy plastic from which electronics are made of.

  • Charles Beckler

    Just don’t let Chuck Norris try that…

  • Status

    Quite unexpected to find a car with rear pop-out windows; unexpected in a bad way.

    Citroen can claim weight saving all they like, but it still reeks of stingy cost-cutting. Surely their engineering efforts with the air-bump nonsense could have been better served with getting the rear windows to open properly. I mean they put the passenger airbag in the headliner, so there is inventiveness within the company, but not enough interest in for the rear windows

    • hmfa

      I went to a Citroën stand to watch this one closer and asked why the rear windows were like that, the sales guy in there told me no one opens the rear windows anymore… I was like: “meh… sounds like a bad excuse, I usually open the window if possible, when I travel on the rear seats”. He then looked at me with a face that denounced he was just telling me what he was told to.

      A 5 door car with the size of the C4 Cactus with that type of windows in the rear is unexpected in a bad way for me too. I can accept it in a very small car like the Renault Twingo, but in a car of this size, no.

  • UK Stu

    square steering wheel.. The new Austin Allegro, room for 5

  • Ken Lyns

    0-60 mph in 9 sec is considered good in the UK?

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