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Used test: Citroen C3 Aircross vs Ford Puma vs Hyundai Bayon verdict

Can the C3 Aircross and Bayon take on and beat our small SUV favourite, the fun-to-drive Ford Puma, when all contenders are two-year-old used buys?...

Hyundai Bayon vs Citroen C3 Aircross vs Ford Puma rears

Our verdict

The Citroen C3 Aircross has some real strengths (namely its boot, high driving position and clever seating), but it needs to be more pleasant to drive and have a better infotainment system to rank any better than third here.

Decent to drive, roomy in the back and well equipped, the Hyundai Bayon is good, but it's interior quality stops it from being great. This leaves us with, as you may have guessed, the Ford Puma. It majors on its fun driving experience and its boot space, but in fact it's a terrific all-round package full stop. Buy one at this age and price and we think you'll be getting a bit of a bargain. 

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1st  Ford Puma

Ford Puma 2021 front cornering in car park

For Brilliant to drive; most economical; clever boot
Against Firm ride; reliability could be better; you’ll want to seek out an example with a few options fitted from new

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

Ford Puma review >>
Used 2019-present Ford Puma review >>
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2nd  Hyundai Bayon

Hyundai Bayon 2021 front cornering in car park

For Roomy in the back; plenty of kit; quietest cruiser
Against Relatively low driving position; below-par interior quality; infotainment glitches

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

Hyundai Bayon review >>
Used 2021-present Hyundai Bayon review >>
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3rd  Citroen C3 Aircross

Citroen C3 Aircross 2021 front cornering in car park

For Clever seating; high driving position; lots of kit
Against Mediocre performance; disappointing to drive; least rear leg room

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

Citroen C3 Aircross review >>
Used 2017-present Citroen C3 Aircross review >>
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Specifications: Citroen C3 Aircross Puretech 110 Shine Plus

Engine 3cyl, 1199cc, turbo, petrol
Power 109bhp
Torque 151lb ft 
0-60mph 11.3sec
Top speed 114mph
Test economy 39.1mpg
Official economy 47.1mpg
CO2 emissions 136g/km

Specifications: Ford Puma 1.0 Ecoboost Hybrid 155 ST-Line

Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol
Ppower 153bhp 
Torque 177lb ft 
0-60mph 8.4sec
Top speed 124mph
Test economy 44.7mpg
Official economy 50.4mpg
CO2 emissions 126g/km

Specifications: Hyundai Bayon 1.0 T-GDi Mild Hybrid 120 Premium

Engine 3cyl, 998cc, turbo, petrol
Power 119bhp
Torque 127lb ft 
0-60mph 9.9sec
Top speed 115mph
Test economy 42.1mpg
Official economy 53.3mpg
CO2 emissions 121g/km