Citroen C3 Aircross

The C3 Aircross is the replacement for the C3 Picasso and offer a more fun and desirable exterior design to take on rival compact SUVs, including the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. The Aircross is 20cm longer and 20cm higher than the standard Citroen C3, with a 410 litre boot extendable to 520 litres by sliding the rear seats forward (standard on top trim Flair or £490 option), Nissan Qashqai (420 litres). The front seats are extremely comfortable, Citroen pride themselves on making comfortable cars, the padded front seats are indeed very supportive. Rear room is good, the doors open fairly wide making for good access, though you will loose the extra bootspace if you need to carry more that children.

 

Touch is the entry-level trim level, and it’s worth avoiding in favour of the better-specced Feel trim. That said, Touch models come with 16-inch alloy wheels and roof bars that give it an adventurous look, cruise control, front electric windows, air conditioning and automatic headlights. But unlike the rest of the range, you’ll have to survive without a proper infotainment screen – instead you get a DAB digital radio with Bluetooth handsfree connection. Feel trim adds electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors and a 12V power socket for rear seats passengers, a seven-inch infotainment screen that comes complete with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink to mirror the display and apps on your smartphone. Top trim Flair has sliding rear seats, 17 inch alloy wheels, a contrast roof colour, venetian blind style rear window graphics, built in sat-nav, climate control, auto wipers, rear electric windows and keyless entry.

 

A 1.2 petrol in three power levels 82, 110 and 130 bhp, and a 1.6 diesel in 100 or 120 are the engine options. 1.2 Puretech 82 is best suited to town use. The turbocharged Puretech 110 strikes a good balance between cost and performance, returning up to 56.5mpg, it’s also the only engine available with an automatic gearbox, although it comes with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. If you will regularly be travelling further afield and carrying lots of people and bags, you may want to consider the Puretech 130 for some extra power and motorway performance or one of the diesels, the 100 bhp 1.6 diesel returns 70.6mpg and has enough low down grunt to reach 62 mph in 12.8 seconds (the 110 petrol is 11.3 seconds) The 120 diesel returns 68.9 mpg and reaches 62 miles per hour in 10.7 seconds. Sadly Diesel’s start at £845 Advance Payment and Automatic’s at £995 AP.

 Autumn Best Buy – Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2 Petrol 82bhp  Manual  ‘Feel’  –  Nil Advance Payment (£59.41 wpms) or £195 (£60.71 wpms) in Flair trim

 Autumn Best Buy – Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2 Petrol 110bhp  Manual  ‘Feel’  –  £295 Advance Payment (£61.38 wpms) or £395 (£62.04 wpms) in Flair trim *Add £100 for 130 engine

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