2019 Citroen C3 Aircross Review | Asian Car Guide
July 8, 2020

2019 Citroen C3 Aircross Review

2019 Citroen C3 Aircross

The Citroen C3 Aircross is an upright SUV in a similar class to a Honda Jazz, Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3.

It neither wants to intimidate you with its looks, nor goad you into pretending that you want to go anywhere in anything other than pure comfort.

While acute angles and brooding scowls seem to be the dominant trend across the industry (downward-sloping headlights; trapezoidal “frowny” radiator grilles), you are hard pressed to find a single sharp corner anywhere on the C3 Aircross.

Gently rounded geometric shapes (Squircles? Circtangles?) Are the dominant theme both inside and out, and even the paint schemes are all bright and cheery.

When you enter the C3 the cabin is similarly eye-catching. Flashes of bright orange further brighten what is already a very airy cabin, and a riot of different textures keep things interesting to the touch.

Most interesting of all is the coarse fabric upholstery, which proved its worth over cowhide by not burning our bottoms after leaving the car in the hot sun.

That said, some of the plastics are on the stiff and scratchy side, and there is a lack of storage spaces for small items at the front of the cabin.

With its tall and boxy profile, it is no surprise that the C3 Aircross has a spacious cabin. There is a tremendous amount of legroom for a car of this size, and the rear seats can slide fore and aft too, taking boot space up from a decent 410-litres to a hollow 520-litres.

That is bigger than the Jazz’s boot, although its regular fold-flat rear seats are not quite as versatile as the Honda’s. Those seats do recline though, so you can have a very relaxed seating position, the better to sink into those extra broad, extra flat and extra comfortable armchairs.

Comfort, by the way, is the entire remit of the C3 Aircross. There is absolutely no pretense of handling this or dynamic that, just ease of use (brilliant visibility and light steering weight) and a cushy ride.

Nor, to be honest, is there much sense of urgency in a straight line either. That is not to say the C3 Aircross is slow, it’s produced 81kW of power and 205Nm of torque are adequate in this class, it is just that the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission is calmer and more measured than most.

In fact the C3 seems almost proud of the fact that it has zero sporting pretensions whatsoever, although in extreme cases that can be a bit of a double-edged sword.

During our test drive when cornering too fast it gets some major oversteer if you hit the brakes or lift off sharply mid-corner (as in a panic situation while driving too quickly on a wet road).

There is standard-fit stability control to keep disaster at bay (not all rivals have this), but it is still something that’s liable to raise pulses.

In a couple of ways, the C3 Aircross does embody a couple of traits of more expensive luxury cars. Firstly, its ride comfort is one of the best among cars of its rivals, and secondly, its design and feature count is anything but cheap and cheerful.

All Citroen C3 Aircross’s come standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen that controls the infotainment and climate control, in addition to auto lights and wipers, steering wheel controls, six airbags and a reverse camera, 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, keyless go, Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging, navigation, cruise control and an around-view camera into the mix.

Warranty is five-years/unlimited km, including five years of roadside assistance, which used to stand ahead of its rivals.

Servicing is scheduled annually or every 15,000km, whichever comes first. Capped price servicing is available for C3 Aircross owners and costs $2,727.39 over a five-year/75,000km period; about $545.40 average cost for each service.

2019 Citroen C3 Aircross Price and Specifications:

  • On sale: now
  • Price: $32,990 plus on road costs
  • Engine: 1.2-litre 3-cyl, turbo
  • Power: 81kW at 5500rpm
  • Torque: 230Nm at 1500rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed auto, FWD
  • Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 10.6 sec. (claimed)
  • Fuel use: 6.6 L/100km (Combined Fuel Figure)