Citroen’s swap shop

13 November 2019

A whopping £7000 can be knocked off the cost of some new Citroen cars and vans in a new so-called swappage scheme.

This is basically a rebadged scrappage scheme that proved so popular at a time of sluggish sales a few years ago.

In this latest guise there are discounts of up to £7,000 for drivers living in London, and up to £5,000 for everyone else.

Anyone who has owned a car or van of any make or model for more than 90 days, which was first registered before 2013, can trade it in and get the swappage discount of £5,000 off a new Citroen C3 Aircross compact SUV, a new C5 Aircross SUV or C4 Cactus Hatch.

In the case of Londoners the additional £2,000 comes from Transport for London in their bid to tackle city air pollution.

CarTakeBack, which is the French brand’s recycling partner has designed its recycling package so that dealerships across the UK can dispose of cars traded in through the scheme. If the trade-in vehicle is to be scrapped, the dealer portal allows customers to have their existing car collected from their nearest dealership, their own home or their work address.

Among the most attractive eligible vehicles is the C4 Cactus Hatch,

which has just received a raft of upgrades.

Since its introduction in January last year, demand for the revised C4 Cactus has centred around the top of the range Flair version. These latest changes will capitalise upon this, incorporating Citroen’s unique suspension system with progressive hydraulic cushions and so-called advanced comfort seats, which both debuted on the revised C4 Cactus Hatch.

By offering a more refined ride and a high specification the model has attracted significant demand for the range-topping Flair version, which accounts for more than three quarters of sales. This growing demand for flagship models, which is now replicated through the Citroen range, is driving up a number of enhancements from this month.

It means that the C4 Cactus Hatch range will reduce from three to two well-appointed versions. The Feel version, which is the current entry point to the C4 Cactus Hatch range, disappears.

The new entry level version is the well specified Origins Collector’s Edition, which was introduced earlier this year as part of the brand’s centenary celebrations.

As standard, the Origins trim gets distinctive 17-inch Cross black alloy wheels, MirrorScreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear parking sensors, automatic air-conditioning, automatic lights and windscreen wipers and a seven-inch colour touchscreen.

There are also interior ambience and exterior colour packs with bronze coloured design details.

The best-selling Flair trim level remains and will gain front parking sensors and the addition of keyless entry and push button start. These features add to an already comprehensive list of equipment, which includes an emergency call system, colour reversing camera and sat-nav with a three-year subscription to TomTom Live for real time traffic updates.

The top of the range Flair versions will continue to offer a variety of engine choices including PureTech petrol units with manual or automatic gearboxes and BlueHDi diesels.

The order book is now open with prices ranging from £20,090 to £23,705.