As a maker of cars, you’d have to be a couple of baguettes short of a boulangerie to ignore the popularity of small SUVs. Fortunately, the Citroën C3 Aircross demonstrates that the French brand hasn’t overlooked this lucrative market.
Higher-riding and visually quirkier than the C4 Cactus, the C3 Aircross uses the same range of frugal yet punchy petrol and diesel engines as the C3 small hatchback. It also promises impressive seating flexibility and a whopping great boot. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, the array of customisation options just might.
There are three trim levels, Feel, Origins and Flair, and even the cheapest C3 Aircross comes well stocked with comfort, convenience and infotainment features, with more available at extra cost. However, while it has a five star Euro NCAP safety rating and all models have a reasonable list of safety features, automatic emergency braking (AEB) is standard only at the top of the range.
The C3 Aircross has its work cut out to challenge its talented rivals, which include the Seat Arona, Kia Stonic and Suzuki Vitara. Read on over the next few pages for our comprehensive verdict on how the C3 Aircross stacks up, as well as to know which engines and trims make the most sense.
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