Nikki Cousins and Peter Anderson road test and review the Citroen C4 Cactus petrol manual, with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

Thanks to the magic of French quirkiness and flair, the Citroen C4 Cactus has managed to drop a big dab of personality into the booming but often me-too small SUV segment.

We've already deemed the manual petrol as the pick of the Australian Cactus range, with the diesel auto stunted by its low-tech single clutch auto transmission.

The petrol model still isn't perfect though, carrying a price premium over its closest Japanese rivals and not quite matching them for safety equipment.

Nikki and Peter have put it to the Torquing Heads test to see if the petrol Cactus' flair is enough to outweigh more logical choices.  

Plus: Malcolm Flynn puts the C4 Cactus petrol through a thorough road test

Also: Richard Berry finds out what it's like to live with the C4 Cactus diesel auto

More: See how the Cactus stacks up against the Fiat 500X and Renault Captur in Richard Blackburn's three-way comparison

And you'll find anything else C4 Cactus-related at our Cactus hub.

Is the C4 Cactus special enough to tempt you way from one of the mainstream small SUVs? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Click here to see more 2016 Citroen C4 Cactus pricing and spec info.