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Our two writers are having trouble finding out their crossover of choice in this urban city of ours. We take a closer look at what's the problem.

26 May 2015

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Regan thinks the C4 Cactus is the Cowboy in the City


Regan feels that the 'Airbump' strengthens the appearance and personality of the C4 Cactus, allowing it to stand out amongst its rivals
A crossover is a vehicle built on a car platform and combines, in variable degrees, features of a hatchback or stationwagon with those from a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). And in this case, the Citroen C4 Cactus is a better fit to the said description.

The car's dimensions are similar to that of its C4 hatchback sibling but its raised ride height and flared wheel arches represent characteristics of an SUV. At the same time, the roof rails on the car are also SUV 'should-haves'.

I'm not saying the car is very handsome but these features sum up to an oddly attractive design that challenges established norms and embodies a bold and innovative style. And that is exactly what a 'Design of the Year' winner exemplifies.

As a result, the high-riding C4 Cactus is akin to a cowboy riding high on his horse's back and winning the rodeo. Come on, even the car's name is related to the native plant in a cowboy's natural habitat. Plus, the characteristic colour of the C4 Cactus, Hello Yellow (Howdy Yellow), makes the car shine in this vibrant city of ours.

Being rugged as cowboys usually are, the C4 Cactus is equipped with an 'Airbump' on its bumper and sides that work like chaps, which are sturdy coverings for cowboys' legs that are designed to provide protection.

The 'Airbump' offers real protection too, as the supple Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) skin comprises air capsules to absorb any impact and require no specific maintenance, which contributes in reducing vehicle repair costs. More importantly, this unique component proves to be very useful in a high-density city environment where most motorists start from a car park and end at one, and bumps and scratches from the careless dude in the next parking lot are common occurrences.

As one cowboy saying goes, "If you get thrown from a horse, you have to get up and get back on, unless you landed on a cactus; then you have to roll around and scream in pain." Who cares if change is the constant?

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