The best Citroen C3 Aircross SUV for me
Those on a tight budget may want to look at the base Puretech 82 model, however we’d strongly recommend upgrading to at least the more powerful Puretech 110. It offers plenty of character, decent performance and good fuel economy.
Company car drivers will naturally look towards the BlueHDi 100 with its superior fuel economy and CO2 rating. However, the BlueHDi 120 will do the job almost as well, while the Puretech 100 is also well worth considering.
Finally, performance fans either need to look elsewhere or settle for the reasonably spritely but still far-from-fast Puretech 130.
As with the C3 hatchback, Citroen anticipates the Flair trim model to be the best seller; closely followed by Feel. The Puretech 110 petrol, meanwhile, will be – by quite some way – the most popular engine for private buyers.
The best Citroen C3 Aircross models
Flair S&S PureTech 130 (Tested October 2017 by Lawrence Cheung)
Citroen expects the majority of C3 Aircross models to be sold in top-of-the-range Flair trim, but is combining it with the most powerful petrol engine a wise pairing?
You also gain a sixth speed for the manual gearbox, while the 0-62mph time drops from 11.3 seconds down to 10.4 seconds.
Unsurprisingly, this PureTech 130 has to work harder than it would when fitted in say, a smaller DS 3, but it does feel punchy enough in this compact crossover.
As with most vehicles in this sector, the steering is far too light to be involving, but this does make city driving and parking extremely easy. The driver controls, however, better the C3 hatchback with a positive gearshift quality and better pedal weighting.
While the torquey BlueHDI 120 diesel might be the more relaxed and natural performer in a car this size, the Puretech 130 petrol is more refined and has a lower price in the first place compared to both diesel engines.
This saving will go towards the £20 road tax premium in the first year and lower claimed 53.3mpg.
Should I get the Techno Pack?
The head-up display that forms part of this option pack may not be the largest on the market, but the quality of the screen makes up for it; being very clear with a decent level of contrast.
The wireless charging pad also included sits in place of the front central cupholders, but the larger ones moulded into the front doors are more accommodating anyway. There’s also one behind the handbrake.
The upgraded HiFi audio system also included is punchy and provides a decent upgrade in sound quality.
And, to anyone who’s a fan of the particular colour combination used here – out of the 85 available, this is the Soft Sand paint combined with the Spicy Orange roof.
Citroen C3 Aircross SUV history
- August 2017 – Available to order for November delivery in Touch, Feel and Flair trims, this compact SUV replaced the C3 Picasso in Citroen’s line-up. There’s a choice of three petrol engines and two diesels; all have manual gearboxes although an automatic transmission is available with the BlueHDi 110 diesel motor.
Buying a new Citroen C3 Aircross
There are plenty of Citroen dealerships around but make sure you shop around to try to get the best deal possible.
Since there's a lot of personalisation on offer you might not get your ideal spec from a broker or car supermarket, but that could be worth investigating too as they buy cars in bulk so can offer big discounts.
Just be a little careful the car you order isn't in a colour scheme that could be considered at 'aquired taste' - it may prove difficult to sell on afterwards.
Buying a used Citroen C3 Aircross
It's a case of checking that everything works properly - especially the electrical systems. We're expecting quite a bit of choice out there so you can afford to be picky.
As ever, carry out a Parkers Car History Check to ensure there are no hidden issues you need to be aware of.
Selling your Citroen C3 Aircross
As ever, take some time to prepare the car for sale by getting it cleaned and any minor damage fixed.
You can work out exactly how much your car is worth by carrying out a Parkers Valuation.