2021 Citroen C3 Aircross - a serious competitor in the small SUV segment | MiniAuto

Starting price: Around $23,940

Most 'B' small SUVs are born out of superminis - the Ford Puma is essentially a decorated Fiesta, the Seat Arona is a scaled-down Ibiza, the Renault Captur is a launch Clio big, etc But even though it's also based on a supermini, the Citroen C3 Aircross is all about more realistic origins.

Back in 2017, the Aircross was conceived to replace the C3 Picasso - a small MPV that became extinct due to the incredible popularity of small SUVs and crossovers. And because Citroen doesn't want to completely alienate its existing MPV-loving customers, the C3 Aircross is versatile for a vehicle of its kind. Step inside and its human motivational origins are immediately apparent.

The company says the crossover, the third best-selling vehicle in the UK behind the C3 hatchback and the larger C5 Aircross, combines "the commanding presence and seating position of an SUV... with the styling of a versatile MPV." than". Read on to see if its claims are true

C3 Aircross has just had its first major update in 4 years on sale. And spotting the new from the old is easy because in 2021, Citroen has completely redesigned the front end of the mini-SUV. The friendly face of the old car has given way to a more aggressive design that incorporates matching LED headlights, a serrated grille and aluminum sliding panels.

You may like the look of it, but we're not convinced. The old Aircross wasn't nearly as pretty, but at least its softly curved front end matched its character. The new car's face is completely too aggressive for a car that doesn't look like it. Not even a little bit. At least C3 looks the same as before from A-pillar forward.

Elsewhere, the center console has been redesigned with more storage space, new seats with 15mm more padding and a more user-friendly, responsive 9-inch touchscreen. Pretty much everything else was carried over from the old car, including a tried and tested range of engines.

The best seller is a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It has 110bhp, hits 62mph from a standstill in the shade over ten seconds and manages up to 51.5mpg. Switch to a six-speed automatic and you'll get more power and speed - 130bhp, 0-61mph in 9.2 seconds - from the same engine, but only up to 47mpg.

There are diesel engines too, but almost no one buys them. For reference, it's a 110hp 1.5-litre four-cylinder that cranks up to 67.2mpg and 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds.

There's no all-wheel drive option - as is common with small crossovers - but you do have the option of something called 'Grip Control' which gives you a few different driving modes (for different surfaces). different) and downhill control. None of the engines are electrified in any way, nor are there any plug-in hybrid or all-electric options. At least not now.

Yes - the updated Aircross cost is essentially the same as the old one, very competitive. Prices start from £17,320, lower than any direct competitor and all cars come with LED headlights, rear parking sensors, CarPlay, lane departure warning, traffic signs & receivers speed limiter and cruise control as standard.

As of July 2021 you can get the cheapest 'C-Series' model for £265/month on PCP with no deposit required. But three-quarters of C3 Aircross buyers actually choose the top-spec 'Shine Plus' model, which costs a very reasonable £21,500 - less than an entry-level Ford Puma.

“Citroen's small crossover has a very useful cabin and it has more personality than many of its other models. Unfortunately, it's not as comfortable as billed.”
As a small family car for urban and suburban use, the Aircross makes a good case for itself. It has a lot of space in a short overall footprint and great outdoor visibility for kids. The rear seat and boot space is much more than the classification standard, and it's also very flexible. It also compares favorably when it comes to specs and price. Appearance is a matter of personal taste – personally, we think the heavily styled facelift is a step backwards – but styling at least escapes small crossover standards.

That said, it's not great to drive, although admittedly some small crossovers. You can't kick Aircross because it's not fun, because that's not the point, but you can kick it because it's not very comfortable. Sure, the new seats are soft and cuddly, but the Aircross simply doesn't run properly, and that's a problem.

2021 Citroen C3 Aircross - a serious competitor in the small SUV segment | MiniAuto 2021 Citroen C3 Aircross - a serious competitor in the small SUV segment | MiniAuto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on July 09, 2021 Rating: 5

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