All petrol-powered models have a 1.2-litre engine although you can choose between three power outputs. The entry-level 82 version is best avoided; it doesn’t have a turbocharger so is decidedly sluggish at low revs and needs working really hard in hilly areas or on faster roads.
The Puretech 110 (108bhp) is punchier, particularly at low revs, although acceleration still isn’t a match for equivalent rivals, such as the Seat Arona 1.0 TSI 115. In fact, even the range-topping 1.2 Puretech 130 can’t keep up with the Arona, although performance is perfectly adequate and you get a sixth gear for more relaxed motorway cruising.
The diesels don’t make much sense at all. Yes, you’ll spend less at the pumps, but the C3 Aircross isn’t comfortable enough to do the miles you’d need to do to break even. Besides, CO2 emissions aren’t that much better than those of the petrols.