Taking inspiration from the C-Aircross concept revealed in early 2017, the New Citroën C3 AIRCROSS continues the brand's SUV offensive. A distinctive model, its unique styling combines originality with robust strength, reflecting Citroën's DNA and the fundamentals of SUV design.
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An ingenious layout in the New Citroën C3 Aircross combines class leading interior space with exceptional comfort. The spacious boot has a capacity of 410 litres which can be increased to 530 litres with the 2/3-1/3 rear bench. 5 seats with generous leg and head room enable all passengers to have a comfortable and enjoyable ride. An opening panoramic glass roof creates an exceptionally bright and airy cabin operated by two intuitive electric buttons that allow the driver to reveal the glass roof or adjust the blind in order to regulate the level of brightness inside the cabin.
Intuitive connectivity is evident in the New Citroën C3 Aircross with the central console featuring a dedicated storage compartment for wireless smartphone charging. Compatible smartphone apps are also accessible from the 7" touch screen display through the Mirror Screen function with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The New Citroën C3 Aircross has plenty of options with eight body colours, three roof colours and four colour packs meaning there are 85 possible colour combinations. The customisation concept extends to every detail: the quarterlights with their shutter effect and the roof bars add to the touches of colour provided by the coloured door mirrors, headlamp surrounds and wheel centre caps.
Robust and protective design are the heart of the New C3 Aircross. A high bonnet underlined by chrome-finish chevrons incorporating an LED light signature and rear quarterlights made of polycarbonate with a coloured layer in the centre, creating a strong graphic contrast on each rear pillar.
A range of 5 efficient engines come with the New C3 Aircross. A PureTech petrol engine (82, 110 and 130) or BlueHDi diesel engine (100 and 120).
An EAT6 automatic gearbox is linked to the Stop&Start function and is available with the PureTech 110 petrol engine with the PureTech 130 petrol engine and BlueHDi 120 Diesel engines featuring a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The C3 Aircross is a pumped up version of the C3. However, unlike its hatchback sibling, the Aircross is sold as a crossover SUV – up against the likes of Kia’s Stonic and the Hyundai Kona.
And according to Citroën project manager Etienne Menant, it is a “compact SUV with personality”.
The C3 Aircross is an entirely new model for the French automaker, but is based on the same platform as the C3 hatchback, Vauxhall Crossland X and Peugeot 208. However, those who are familiar with the current C3 hatchback will see design traits carried over including the infotainment system and funky fabric seats which are available in five colour combinations.
One update that is worth mentioning is the new six-speed gearbox which feels like a massive improvement over the five-speed ‘box currently in the C3 hatch.
There are two engines to choose from with varying power outputs. The one in our test car was a 1.6-litre diesel with 120bhp. A lesser-powered 100bhp model is also available. Both come with a five- and six-speed manual gearbox respectively.
Our car was fitted with the six-speed manual, which felt very precise through the gears and is a real improvement on the gearbox in the C3 hatchback which feels very notchy.
A 1.2-litre petrol unit is also available with either 82bhp, 110bhp or 130bhp. We tried the 110bhp version with the six-speed automatic gearbox, and although mostly very good, it did seem to get confused about what gear to be inat times, especially when climbing any steep gradients, of which there were a lot of during our test in Corsica. Our recommendation would be to stick with the five-speed manual when opting for the petrol as the buzzy little three-cylinder likes to be revved a lot and so changing gears yourself will get the best of those 110 horses.
Out on the open roads of Corsica, the C3 Aircross felt very impressive. Not only did it drive like a confident crossover, it has the capabilities to match. This is thanks mainly to a large amount of ground clearance and hill descent control which were both especially helpful when tackling some exceptionally steep dirt tracks down the mountains.
This inspiring confidence is retained on the tarmac too where the Aircross really feels stable through the bends unlike other crossovers. Throw it into a sharp bend and the grip is fantastic, as is the acceleration even in the 120 Diesel. It might not be immensely fast, but the peppy oil burner certainly has enough power for city streets, motorway cruising or just pottering down country roads.
One negative trait that slightly lets the car down is the rather vague steering. It feels far too light to inspire any knowledge of what the front wheels are actually doing, nor does it feel connected to the road. On the upside, the light power steering makes parking a doddle.
The exterior of the C3 Aircross carries over Citroen’s signature look and from the front is identical to its sister the C3 hatchback, apart from its two-tier lighting. Look beyond that though and you notice it has no airbumps on the side but does have chunky ‘rough and tough’ plastic trim along the wheel arches. There’s also a lot of stylish colour combinations – eight colours and three exterior roof colour packs.
Towards the rear there is a third window on each side, both containing a venetian blind pattern. Although this adds some design flair to the exterior, from the inside it restricts rear three-quarter visibility and would certainly prove an issue when trying to change lanes on a motorway at night.
The interior is very different to that of its rivals. Throughout there are lots of soft touch materials including a rather bizarre and yet wonderful rubber textile used on the dashboard that makes it feel unique. The entire cabin has five colour combinations to choose from. Our car had a space-age like tweed-effect material on the seats and really stood out.
In terms of practicality there is ample leg room in both the front and the back, but headroom is restricted in the rear and although I’m only 5’9 I struggled to sit up fully in the rear without slouching slightly, although our car was fitted with the panoramic roof, which does eat into head space slightly.
In the boot you find a reasonable amount of space, with between 410 and 520 litres of cargo space depending on whether or not you leave the removable floor in place or not, revealing a secret cubby. Fold the rear seats down and this increase to 1,289 litres – enough for that trip to Ikea.
The Aircross comes with a choice of three trim levels – Touch, Feel and Flair. Prices for the car start at £13,995 for the base Touch model and rise to £19,720 for the range-topping Flair model. Each has different amounts of equipment choices, with the top-spec Flair coming with pretty much everything. This was certainly the case with our car which had Citroen’s connect touch screen sat nav and infotainment system, Bluetooth, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, keyless start, and Citroen’s emergency and assistance system.
Other features available include a panoramic glass roof at £950. The £650 Techno HiFi pack adds wireless phone charging, a head-up display and HiFi radio with a subwoofer. Another option worth having is the Park Assist Pack. For £600 you get front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, self-park assist and a 360-degree parking camera.
The C3 Aircross is a very competent car that will give its crossover rivals a real run for their money. Not only does its styling make it stand out, its actually very good to drive, has a durable and comfortable interior, and is excellent value. It’s also a massive improvement over the car it replaces, the rather dated C3 Picasso. Ok so it’s no driver’s car and you won’t win when pulling away from a set of traffic lights, but it is a stand out family car for under £20,000, and for that reason alone it scores highly.
|Retail Cash Price||£16,655.00|
|47 Monthly Payments of||£169.00|
|Optional Final Payment||£6,045.00|
|Total Amount Payable||£18,594.18|
|Total Amount of Credit||£12,468.82|
|Rate of Interest||4.9% fixed|
|Charge for credit||£1,819.18|
|Excess Mileage||2.5p per mile|
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