Citroen C3 Aircross

The C3 Aircross is the replacement for the C3 Picasso and offers 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.

 

Shine is the entry-level trim level and comes with speed limit recognition and speed warning, 7 inch touchscreen with navigation, 16 inch alloy wheels, front fog lights with cornering function, rear parking sensors, automatic air conditioning and privacy glass.  Shine Plus trim adds a sliding rear bench, fold flat front passenger seat, 17 inch alloy wheels, adjustable boot floor, keyless entry and start, cruise control and automatic lights. Rip Curl trim is a nod to the surf and comes with an “Ocre Yellow” colour pack with Rip Curl decals.

 

A 1.2 petrol in two power levels 110 and 130 bhp, and a 1.5 diesel with 110 bhp are the engine options. The turbocharged Puretech 110 strikes a good balance between cost and performance, returning up to 47.1 mpg, it is only available as a six speed manual. The Puretech 130 is the Automatic option, a dual clutch EAT6, meaning it has six auto gears, performance is excellent, 0-62 time is 9.2 seconds and claimed economy is 45.4 miles per gallon. The 6 speed manual only 100 bhp 1.5 diesel returns a claimed 60.1 miles per gallon and a 0-62 time of 10.8 seconds.

Autumn Best Buy – Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2 Petrol 110bhp Manual  ‘Shine’  –  £295 Advance Payment (£66.14 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2 Petrol 130bhp Automatic  ‘Shine ’  –  £695 Advance Payment (£68.78 wpms)

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