Review

Citroen C3 Aircross: comfort is the key

Under the hood

David Walshe

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David Walshe

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david@netacar.ie

Citroen C3 Aircross: comfort is the key

I really like the new C3. As is the current fashion, a compact SUV is also required and that’s this C3 Aircross. Now Citroen have form here and the older C3 Picasso kinda met the brief but this new C3Aircross certainly does. It is a real meaty, chunky, substantial and funky looking car. It is very high riding of course and oozes all the qualities a compacts SUV must have.

The innovative C3 Aircross comes with the most flexible rear seats in the sector. They recline and the whole row can move backwards and forwards for more boot or passenger space. That means max. 520ltrs, a split level and a space-saver wheel below yet still 5 seats. The front seats are sumptuously comfortable and where the Aircross shines for me. They envelop you and are a welcome buffer against the best our imperfect roads throw at you. The seats only marginally help with the bulk of the work delegated to the suspension. Here the deficiencies of a high riding vehicle become apparent as I felt it could have performed better. There was a bit too much bobbing for my liking. All totally unexpected in a Citroen. It leans a bit in bends when pushed and I rediscovered a bit of understeer that reminded me of the previous C3 Picasso That said, it is very quiet and the Aircross is a car to take you somewhere in comfort but not in a hurry and preferably on our better roads.

Optimization is a big thing with the Aircross, and others, and you can mix body and roof colours, interior trims and interior decals amongst others – but no Airbumps? The interior materials are fine and unique which is most welcome. I had a 5 speed gearbox and a 1.2 PureTech engine. Nearly any car could be forgiven if it has that engine as it is so responsive and doesn’t use the amount of petrol it’s performance should require.

Whilst it looks like a bit of an off-roader its only available in 2wd. You can though, get Citroen’s Grip Control system for when the surface below isn’t solid. There are three trim models Touch, Feel and Flair with C3 Aircross motoring starting at €20,695.

The C3 Aircross is up against the more popular Juke and Captur with new ones added all the time. Choose it if you want space and practicality – a compact SUV’s main requirement.