4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Quirky compact crossover majors on style, space and technology

Citroën C3 Aircross SUV (17 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £17,000 - £22,130
Used price £6,190 - £15,985
Used monthly cost From £154 per month
Fuel Economy 39.1 - 67.2 mpg
Road tax cost £150
Insurance group 6 - 20 How much is it to insure?


  • Bold styling
  • Good practicality
  • Capable engines
  • Lots of kit
  • Decent to drive


  • Could ride better
  • No height adjustment on passenger seat
  • Panoramic sunroof spoils headroom
  • Slack-feeling manual gearbox
  • Will Puretech 82 engine be strong enough for an SUV?

Citroën C3 Aircross SUV rivals

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The Citroen C3 Aircross is the French manufacturer’s first foray into the compact SUV market, slotting in between the regular C3 hatchback and upcoming C5 Aircross.

Designed to major on practicality, style and technology, the C3 Aircross is going up against some well-established competition including the Renault Captur, Vauxhall Mokka X and big-selling Nissan Juke.

Big car with big tech

Citroen has followed the trend by loading its new SUV with technology and equipment designed to improve the driving experience and keep the car’s occupants safe.

That means standard equipment levels are impressive all-round with the top-spec Flair model coming with Citroen Connect Emergency Assistance, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a panoramic sunroof.

There’s an extensive range of safety kit on offer, too, with a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning all available.

Flexible storage space

The Citroen C3 Aircross achieves class-leading practicality thanks to a capacious boot capable of swallowing up to 1,289 litres with the rear seats folded down. Even with them in place, there’s an impressive 410 litres of storage, rising to 520 litres with the rear seat bench slid forwards.

What’s more, rear-seat passengers get plenty of legroom and headroom (the latter is noticeably reduced with the panoramic sunroof fitted), plus there’s also an option for a folding front passenger seat for loading long items.

Plenty of personalisation

As ever, personalisation plays a big part with this Citroen. The roof, exterior detailing and body colour can all be customised with the French brand claiming that the C3 Aircross offers up over 85 colour combinations. There’s also a selection of interior colour packs to brighten things up inside.

Simple range of petrol and diesel engines

There’s no hybrid or pure electric powertrains on offer here, the C3 Aircross instead relying on a range of conventional petrol and diesels. The most popular of all will be the 110hp 1.2-litre Puretech petrol, available with a six-speed manual or six-speed EAT6 automatic gearbox.

If you’re after a little more power, though, the 120hp 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel or 130hp 1.2-litre Puretech petrol will do the job, with the latter in particular being an excellent engine.

Tidy handling and reasonable comfort

Despite being taller and heavier than the regular C3, the C3 Aircross feels better resolved out on the road and handles with poise and stability. It’s far from being a sports car, but provides a confidence-inspiring drive nonetheless.

Ride comfort is reasonable, but is susceptible to sharp bumps or cracks in the road. Speccing the optional Grip Control with the off-road tyres appears to help ride comfort.

Citroën C3 Aircross SUV rivals