Shaped with curves like a big teddy bear, the C3 Aircross plays its own role in the urban SUV world, although it does received sharper design headlights last year. By the way, this little SUV received one larger center screen (9 inches at the top of the range versus 8 inches previously), new skins as well as Advanced Comfort seats with even softer covers, ie. Too bad Citroën hasn’t bothered to improve all those hard plastics on the dashboard, just like with the storm doors, which clash a bit in the category. And we always regret that the heating and air conditioning control requires going through one of the touchscreen’s submenus. If We appreciate the 15mm foam overlay on the seats when we sit there, unfortunately the seats and backrests still lack support, lateral or lumbar. In addition, the posture at the wheel, very straight, with the feet hitting the pedals from above, is close to that of a chair.
It is therefore not optimally installed when traveling for long periods of time. On the other hand, despite its reasonable length, this C3 Aircross offers a a lot of space on board, also in the back seats. While the trunk, wide and deep, can hold 350 dm3 of luggage, one of the best values in the category. And if you want to transport bulky items, The High Shine Pack finish offers a sliding seat two-part over 16 cm, as well as a folding front passenger seat backrest for moving long objects.
A sober and sufficiently efficient diesel
Along with this redesign The 1.5 BlueHDi gained 10 hp, going from 100 to 110 hp. Low in vibration and decently soundproofed except in the city, this well-behaved diesel is available from 1,300 rpm and then offers a nice extension thanks to 250 Nm torque. However, the long ratio of the gearbox requires a downshift to 5th gear in order to overtake safely on the road (80 to 120 km/h in 11.2 s compared to 17.2 s in 6th). But aside from that case, the BlueHDi 110 offers beefy enough increases to not have to manipulate a rubbery box control too much. We also notice a slightly high noise level on the motorway (71 dBA at 130 km/h), which is due to both the roar of the engine in the background and the sounds of the air, which the large roof bars do not help. If it doesn’t burn as discreetly as the 1.2 PureTech unleaded, this BlueHDi will indicate one beautiful sobriety, whatever the use. With an average of 5.5 l/100 km and never more than 6.4 l/100 km on the motorway, Despite its unfavorable aerodynamics, this small diesel SUV guarantees frequent drivers a reasonable fuel budget and/or a comfortable autonomy, over 800 km despite the small tank of only 45 l.
Comfortable but not very manoeuvrable
We would therefore have wished for a better driving position for large rollers, which are the only ones who still think of a diesel today. However, you will benefit from it on a daily basis very flexible suspensions and soft seats that ensure excellent filtration in the event of deformation, even if the large stabilizers on the dismantled roads involve many lateral impacts. And then, as a result of these suspensions in favor of comfort, The chassis of the C3 Aircross is neither agile, nor snappy, nor particularly efficient. Not forgetting the Bridgestone Turanza rubbers with above-average grip, as evidenced by the excessively long braking distance (72 m at 130 km/h). in summary, this C3 Aircross prefers slightly twisty routes and a smooth ride. For those who don’t appreciate it, the only other diesel choice in the urban SUV category is its cousin Peugeot 2008, which is €2,000 more expensive but is otherwise dynamic to drive.