Citroen C3 Aircross 2019
Citroen has embarked on another reboot in Australia, led by one of the hottest new car segments: small SUVs.
Aiming at rivals such as the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Hyundai Kona is the C3 Aircross, take some of the things we know about the brand, such as funny designs and combine it with real-world production. One of the other good small SUVs on the market.
It has been available in Europe for a few years and is based on PSA’s ‘PF1’, which is also the Peugeot 2008 platform, and in Australia currently available with a single model / engine-level option.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
As part of its range restructuring, Citroen currently only offers a single C3 Aircross model in Australia. It starts at $ 32,990, plus on-road costs, which means you’re looking for around $ 37,000 once it leaves the showroom.
Reasonable standard equipment, with AEB city speed, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic high light, speed sign recognition, driver attention warning, front parking sensor and rear with reversing camera and memory-based CCTV, 7.0 multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available satellite navigation, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, running lights LED daytime, climate control and cruise control with speed limiters are big ticket items.
As for the device, C3 Aircross lacks very little. But many available interior color combinations, sliding and reclining rear seats and Euro-spec Aircross panoramic glass roof would be great. LED headlamps, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert and automatic rear brakes aren’t available at all, but are mostly available on rivals.
Compare the C3 Aircross with the $ 33,000 Hyundai Kona Elite AWD, while Hyundai offers more power and torque, Citroen offers a number of unique standard equipment such as high automatic headlights and a display. Marketing head.
C3 Aircross is also more spacious and practical than Kona.
As with the smaller C3 Aircross and the future of C5 (due to launch later this year), there will be no option for C3 Aircross other than the $ 590 color options (also comes with side-by-side contrast color details. out). White with striking orange is the only free color option.
For starters, Citroen is offering the C3 Aircross launch version with a panoramic sunroof, unique red and gray interior with fabric panel and red exterior paint for the same price. 32,990 USD as normal model.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
I quite like the look of the Aircross C3. While other small SUVs – looking at the upcoming Nissan Juke, Hyundai Kona and Skoda Kamiq – have the same face arrangement, I think Aircross works better thanks to the overall size of the car and the way the lights run. during the day on the grille and Citroen Badge.
I also really like the striped stripes on the three-quarter rear window, which makes the car look a bit retro – the colors vary depending on the exterior color you choose.
It’s a lot taller than the competition, this gives style, and there are countless ‘circles for you to look at. If you own one, you’ll never tire of styling because there are endless details to consider that vary depending on your perspective.
Citroen only offers a color combination at no extra cost – all other things will get you an extra $ 590 off.
However, choosing a different color also brings different-colored roof rails, mirror covers, rear lights, wraparound headlights and wheel center cover.
Citroen encourages you to think of it as a color concept. Choose the blue exterior, you get white details. Select white or sand and you will handle orange pieces and flakes. You get the picture.
Compared to the Honda HR-V, the C3 Aircross is 194mm shorter with 4154mm in length, but 34mm wider at 1756mm and 32mm taller at 1637mm. It weighs 100kg more than Honda at 1203kg.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
Small SUVs are bought because they provide more ride height and interior practicality compared to the small cars they rely on. Think of the Mazda CX-3 compared to the Mazda2 on which it is based and you will see what I mean.
However, they are still not the most spacious cars. You can do better at the required price, and the same is true for C3 Aircross.
Boot space is a good size for the segment at 410 liters – the Mazda CX-3 only offers 264L – and folds the seat down to unlock 1289L and allows carrying items up to 2.4 meters long.
The boot itself has a fake floor with spare space-saving spare wheels underneath, as well as a few shopping pickpockets. Parcel shelves can be stored behind the backseat if higher items are needed.
Reasonable interior space. In fact, the great space for the segment with good foot space for myself 183cm (six legs) is behind my driving position, although a Honda HR-V is still the practical king for This segment with more leg room and a more airy feel inside. There are four bottle holders in each door of C3 Aircross.
ISOFIX points in the two outer rear seat positions are easily accessible to those who install child restraints / child capsules.
Uneasy, Euro-style sliding rear seats and rear seats (with center armrest and cupholder) haven’t been brought to Australia because our harsh child seat design rules will make the car a four-seater car.
The rear seats also don’t have vents, so keep in mind if that matters to you.
Moving to the front seat, the cabin is certainly more French than the rear – a standard compliant wireless phone charger in Australia means no front cupholder.
There is also no covered storage, unfortunately an armrest is not present in this market and a storage location for wallets, etc. is removed when the parking brake is broken.
The door boxes are reasonably sized, though the usual small French glove box (thanks to the fuse box not properly converted from the left hand drive) remains.