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CITROEN C3 AIRCROSS HATCHBACK

1.2 PureTech 110 Shine Plus 5dr

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Citroen has gained for itself a useful slice of the lucrative small SUV market with this car, the C3 Aircross. Jonathan Crouch drives the revised version.

Background

What if you could have the style and adventurous feel of a small SUV. Combined with the interior space and flexibility of a small MPV People Carrier? It's a combination of virtues that many brands have promised. But which possibly this car actually delivers - the Citroen C3 Aircross. It first went on sale in late 2017 and prior to the launch of this facelifted version in early 2021, over 330,000 examples had been delivered. Which proves that it isn't only the French who like practical, rational cars. Gallic brands were first to popularise the MPV. And amongst the last to embrace the contradictory charms of the modern affordable family SUV. Why, they ask quite reasonably, would you want to take a supermini or family hatchback and, in pursuit of some mythical lifestyle orientation, make it heavier, clunkier, less efficient and less practical? What though, if those downsides could be minimised and the SUV in question could offer all the interior versatility you used to need one of those small supermini-MPVs to get if you required it in a really compact little car? Well that's the thinking behind this C3 Aircross, here usefully improved.

Driving Experience

The engine line-up hasn't changed much, so as before, it's broadly shared with its C3 supermini stablemate, though this SUV-orientated model steers clear of the feeblest C3 units. The range starts with a three cylinder turbo petrol 1.2-litre PureTech 110 unit only offered with 6-speed manual transmission. If you want a petrol auto, you'll need the same engine in PureTech 130 guise, which is only offered mated to Citroen's EAT6 auto 'box. This is the latest Euro 6.3-compliant powertrain, which meets the very highest European emission standards. If you want a diesel, there's the usual 1.5-litre BlueHDi 110 unit, mated to 6-speed manual transmission. Ride quality is a little softer than the segment norm - which typical Citroen owners tend to like. This would-be SUV introduced new technologies to the C3 range, including Grip Control with Hill Descent Assist to help in the very unlikely event of an owner being brave enough to take this little Crossover off road. The enhanced traction system claims to provide control and safety even on steep inclines, reducing the risk of slipping or acceleration as the vehicle descends in forward or reverse gear.

Design and Build

Citroen has taken the opportunity to entirely re-design the front end of this C3 Aircross, reflecting the brand's current styling 'language'. There's a fresh LED headlight signature, while the chrome-trimmed chevrons of the badge on the bonnet have been updated, extending out towards the LED lights - similar to the look on the latest C3 and new C4 models. There's also a revised front grille with a smarter geometric pattern and a restyled aluminium-grey skid plate with coloured inserts that are supposed to enhance this model's sturdy appearance. A higher-set bonnet is the final design change at the front. As before, this model aims to dominate the road with its raised ground clearance, elevated driving position, front and rear skid plates, large wheels and wheel arch extensions. The body styling is underscored by strong graphic features such as touches of colour on the roof bars, and the 'Venetian Blind' rear quarter-lights. Inside, there's a re-styled central console featuring a large storage space at the rear that can be accessed by both the front and rear passengers - and closed with a sliding shutter. Citroen also now offers its thicker, more supportive 'Advanced Comfort' front seats on plusher variants. Otherwise, things are much as before. The car's centre-dash 7-inch colour touchscreen is there to de-clutter the dashboard but goes too far by including ventilation controls and concealing them behind menus that can be awkward to instantly access when you're using the screen's other functions. As for practicality, well there's a split sliding and folding rear bench, plus 60/40 split-folding and adjustable seat backs. The boot is large by class standards at 410-litres and can be further extended up to 520-litres with the sliding rear bench option. Fold everything down and up to 1,289-litres of fresh air will be on offer.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £17,500 and there's a choice of three trim levels, 'C-Series', 'Shine' and 'Shine Plus'. Many buyers will be opting for the latter two spec levels, in which case a budget in the £20,500 to £22,000 bracket will be needed. With this revised model, the number of potential personalisation options has been increased. There are now 70 exterior combinations in total, including seven different body colours and an exterior bi-tone roof available in three colours which can be complimented by one of the four exterior colour pack options. Inside, customers can select between five different interior ambiences comprising of special seat upholstery, a range of dashboard textures and door panel designs, and touches of colour on the central console surround, steering wheel, air vents and seat backs. Connectivity and infotainment is taken care of via a 7-inch touchscreen which groups together the key vehicle functions such as air conditioning, radio, telephone and Sat Nav. Safety-wise, there are up to 12 driving aids, including a colour Head-up Display, Speed Sign Recognition, an Active Safety Brake system, Intelligent Beam Headlights, Park Assist, a reversing camera, Lane Departure Warning and a Blind Spot Monitoring set-up.

Cost of Ownership

Almost every fashionable type of technology has been thrown at this car to drive its WLTP-rated running costs down and, as you'd expect, the best returns can be achieved from the BlueHDi diesel models. The BlueHDi 110 engine delivers up to 62.7mpg on the combined cycle and up to 126g/km of CO2. Don't automatically sign on the dotted line for a diesel though, particularly if, like many supermini owners, you don't cover a huge number of annual miles. In the Pure Tech petrol range, the 110hp unit manages up to 51.5mpg on the combined cycle and up to 141g/km of CO2. The top PureTech 130 petrol variant is rated at up to 47.3mpg and up to 150g/km. All quoted figures are WLTP. Every C3 Aircross comes with a three-year and 60,000-mile warranty and there's also Europe-wide breakdown assistance included from new for the first year you own the car. Looking at the longer term, you also have a 12-year guarantee against rust and 36 months cover for any paintwork defects, though that doesn't include stone chips and other wear and tear damage.

Summary

If the automotive market was sensible and rational, this would be a small MPV. As in many ways it is: just one with an SUV mindset. We like that combination and there's no reason why potential buyers shouldn't too. The C3 Aircross might not be especially fun to drive but few B-segment SUVs are. What matters is that it's fun to look at and fun to sit in, which ought to also make it fun to own. When it all comes down to it, this is an appealing, distinctive and nicely equipped little SUV. Unlike most cars in this class, it's actually feels better on the road than the supermini it's based on and offers an awful lot more than the ordinary C3 in return for the reasonable premium in price being asked. It's Citroen's idea of what a small Crossover of this kind should be - and that makes it a little different from your other choices in this class. Which might mean you'll end up liking this car a lot more than you thought you were going to.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions136.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed114mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 9" Touchscreen display
  • Citroen connect box emergency and assistance system
  • Citroen Connect Nav with 3D navigation
  • Coffee Break Alert
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Front parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Mirror screen with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Multi function on board trip computer
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rev counter
  • Speed limit recognition and recommendation
  • Top rear vision reversing camera
  • Variable assistance power steering

Entertainment

  • Bluetooth hands free and media streaming with USB socket
  • Citroen connected DAB radio with 6 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted controls for stereo and telephone

Exterior Features

  • 3D effect LED rear lights
  • Automatic Eco LED headlights
  • Automatic windscreen wipers
  • Body colour painted door handles
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Electric front windows + one touch + anti-pinch
  • Electric rear windows with one touch/anti-pinch
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Electrically folding door mirrors
  • Fog lights integrated into front bumper
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Ink black roof bars
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Painted door mirrors to match colour pack
  • Rear wiper

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in rear of vehicle
  • 2 rear isofix mounting points (outside seats) with top tether
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Boot light
  • Driver and passenger sunvisor with courtesy mirror
  • Driver's armrest
  • Flex load/Pull out boot floor
  • Floor console central storage with 2 cup holders
  • Front and rear courtesy reading lights
  • Front and rear door storage
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front passengers seat flat folding
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Integrated retractable rear side window sun blinds
  • Leather steering wheel with satin chrome inserts and radio controls
  • Rear centre armrest/ski flap
  • Sliding rear bench

Safety

  • 5 three point inertia reel seatbelts
  • ABS with Electronic brakeforce distribution and Emergency braking assistance
  • Active safety brake
  • Automatic illumination of hazard warning lights
  • Driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain airbags
  • Drivers/passengers and rear seats unfastened seat belt warning
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Forward collision alert
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Hill start assist function
  • Mono-tone horn
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Automatic door and boot locking with automatic unlocking in case of impact
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and keyless start
  • Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks

Wheels

  • Compressor with puncture repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    136
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    134

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1199
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    90.5
  • Engine Code
    EB2ADT
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    5.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    41.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    51.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    38.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    49
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    47.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    59.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    41.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    43.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    53.5

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.2
  • Badge Power
    110
  • Coin Description
    PureTech 110
  • Coin Series
    Shine Plus
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    14E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.1
  • Engine Power - BHP
    110
  • Engine Power - KW
    81
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    151
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    20.9
  • Engine Torque - NM
    205
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    114

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1637
  • Length
    4155
  • Wheelbase
    2604
  • Width
    1765

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    45
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1795
  • Max. Loading Weight
    616
  • Max. Roof Load
    65
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    840
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    600
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1179
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.8
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

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Scott Wall

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"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

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"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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