Seriously? HOW are we supposed to fit everything into that car? I looked it up online, I mentally tried to imagine my leggy teenager and preteen sitting in the back and bickering all the way up the M6 because ‘he’s in my personal space’ etc etc.
I imagined us playing car boot Jenga and failing miserably.
I imagined family rows and having to sit on sleeping bags and hating the whole experience.
I was the worst sort of moany, whingeing blogger.
“It will be fine” the PR soothed. “We’ve checked with Citroën and they assure us it’s fine for your trip and there’s a roof box on there too”.
Our trip was four days in a Hobbit Hole in the Lake District which we were all super excited about.
I mean, come on, a Hobbit Hole!
We had just returned from a fabulous family trip to Dubai, and we were loving the idea of a Hobbit Hole in the hillside!
But the car. Would this Citroën C4 Cactus fit all our bags in (it’s like travelling with four adults these days) and our sleeping bags, our pillows, our camping cooking gear? Hell we had a gas bottle for our camping stove. And we even packed a gazebo it turned out we didn’t even need in the end.
So the car came and everything fitted in fine. No one had to squish themselves in-between the car door and a gazillion bags.
In fact the nearly four-hour journey to the Lakes (the traffic was rubbish) was a breeze.
The husband and I looked at each other like we’d been fools. “I really like this car” he commented as we got to the pass the car sweets around stage. “I really like it”. He drove it the whole holiday. Some might say he hogged it. The husband works at a high-end car company and he criticises most cars.
The Cactus was winning us over, goddamit.
So we decided to reward her (for all cars are ‘hers’) with a little adventure!
We took her through Borrowdale and the stunning Honister Pass, which snakes through the Lake District and must be one of the most amazing roads to drive on.
We stopped and took arty photos and she stood out for being the ‘wrong’ green and we laughed because her side ‘air bumpers’ made her look perfect for the rocky terrain.
Then we took her to Aira Force Waterfalls in Penrith where she had to sit and wait for us because it was quite a hike up the side of the falls and she was resting after her Honister Pass climb.
Well, we are really rather fond of her.
She’s funky, nippy and cheerful but roomy enough for a squabbling family and groovy enough to turn heads.
She was an easy, comfortable ride with loads of storage space
If we could change anything it would probably be the pop-out window in the back which the children found annoying and I found annoying having to listen to them being annoyed. Also the digital touchscreen wasn’t always intuitive and pretty much all the controls were on there, so making minor changes was a bit of a faff, which isn’t great when you’re driving.
But these are minor complaints in a vehicle we really did grow rather attached to.
We grew to love the side bumpers too!