Yet another brightly coloured long-termer has joined the CarAdvice long-term fleet. Say hello to the 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus Exclusive, which I’ve already named ‘Smurfette’ thanks to its eye-catching ‘Baltic Blue’ paint.

We’ll cover the ins and outs of our experience with this car in upcoming instalments, but here we’ll go over the specifics of the Cactus’s set-up and features.

Pricing starts at $26,990 plus on-road costs, though our tester is fitted with the six-speed automatic transmission, which bumps the ticket up to $28,490 before ORCs. The Baltic Blue exterior finish adds a further $290, while the gloss-black ‘Cross’ 17-inch alloys ask for $1000 extra.

Our C4 Cactus is pretty decked out inside, too. There’s a fixed panoramic glass sunroof ($1250), along with leather/cloth combination upholstery in black/grey ($1600). All up, Smurfette has an as-tested list price of $32,630 before on-roads.

Standard features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and DAB+ digital radio, 17-inch alloy wheels, single-zone climate control air-conditioning, automatic headlights and wipers, a rear-view camera with rear parking sensors, along with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.

Rounding out the spec sheet are LED daytime-running lights, front fog lights with static cornering function, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Under the bonnet is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine making 81kW of power at 5500rpm and 205Nm of torque at 1500rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via an Aisin-sourced six-speed automatic transmission as tested – a six-speed manual is the standard shifter.

Citroen claims the auto-equipped Cactus can complete the 0–100km/h sprint in 10.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 188km/h.

Fuel use, meanwhile, is rated at 5.1L/100km on the combined cycle. We look forward to putting the French brand’s claims to the test in the real world.

There’s a 358L boot area behind the second row of seats, which expands to a claimed 1170L with the rear pews folded. A space-saver spare wheel resides under the boot floor.

So far in 2018, the C4 Cactus has shifted 60 units year-to-date as of 30 July. Of those 60 registrations, 13 of them came in July – up 85.7 per cent over the same period in 2017, albeit off a low base.

The facelifted model was revealed last year, and has been delayed for launch in Australia, with the local arm indicating a tentative release sometime in 2019.

Stay tuned over the coming months as we explore the Cactus’s comfort, drive experience, handling, infotainment and more.

Do you have any questions about the C4 Cactus? Let us know in the comments.

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