Citroen C-Crosser 4×4 (2007 – 2012) expert review

By Adrian Higgins, 11th March 2008

The verdict

The Citroen C-Crosser marks an impressive debut into the 4x4 sector for the French car maker.

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Expert rating:

3.4

Pros

  • Chunky, substantial presence
  • Stylish interior
  • Good handling for a car of its size

Cons

  • Cramped rearmost seats
  • Some expensive options
  • Not as safe as some rivals

Full Review

1. Exterior

The Citroen C-Crosser is one of three models based on the Mitsubishi Outlander which also includes the Peugeot 4007. The stylish C-Crosser has the edge for looks with the Citroen badge running the width of the bonnet and flowing out through the headlights atop a large honeycomb-style grille. The rear windows taper back to a roof spoiler and chunky hatch opening with large wheel arches helping lend a substantial presence. Not bad for Citroen’s first 4×4.
Our rating: 4

2. Interior

The information display lies beyond the multi-function steering wheel with audio, sat-nav and air-con controls located centrally. Dark plastics and an aluminium trim create a simple and stylish interior. The gear lever is well-positioned and the driving position good.
Our rating: 4

3. Practicality

Citroen describe this as a 5+2 rather than a seven-seater like the C4 Grand Picasso. The third row provides limited space for passengers (leaving just 184 litres boot space) but the seats do fold into the floor. With five seats in place the car offers 510 litres of boot space. Flatten the second row and that expands to 1,686 litres. Access to the rear is through a hatch. However, there is also a tailgate which can be lowered and is able to bear loads of up to 200kg, so you can use it as a bench seat too.
Our rating: 4

4. Ride and handling

Drivers choose between three driving modes which can be selected using a switch next to the gear lever: two-wheel drive for most economical motoring, four-wheel drive for improved stability in less good conditions and four-wheel drive full lock mode for very low grip conditions such as ice and mud. The C-Crosser is nimble for a seven-seater and handles well for such a big car. Its long wheelbase also helps ensure a comfortable ride.
Our rating: 3

5. Performance

All models come with a 156bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine. This powers the car from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 124mph. Power is delivered through a six-speed manual gearbox which is smooth and good to use.
Our rating: 3

6. Running costs

The Citroen C-Crosser returns 39.2mpg in two-wheel drive mode which decreases to 38.7mpg in four-wheel drive mode. It produces 190g/km of CO2, placing it in a high tax band compared with more economical rivals.
Our rating: 3

7. Reliability

Citroen is the tenth most reliable manufacturer of cars sold in the UK. Like the Peugeot 4007, the Citroen C-Crosser is based on the Mitsubishi Outlander and Mitsubishi’s 4×4 expertise should reduce problems too.
Our rating: 3

8. Safety

Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability program and traction control are fitted as standard. The Mitusbishi Outlander achieved a four-star rating following Euro NCAP crash testing but the C-Crosser, like the 4007 has yet to undergo the same procedure.
Our rating: 3

9. Equipment

The C-Crosser is available in two trim levels: VTR+ and Exclusive. VTR+ comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, air-con, six airbags, cruise control, CD player, automatic headlights, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability program (ESP) and traction control. The Exclusive trim adds 18–inch alloys, leather seats, rear parking sensors and CD multi-changer. Our model also featured a sat-nav and a reversing camera. The reversing camera is excellent and makes parking easy. We loved the media centre thanks to its 30-gigabyte memory, used to store mapping information and up to 2,500 easily-loaded MP3/WMA-format songs. It’s not a cheap at around £2k but is worth consideration.
Our rating: 3

10. Why buy?

The Citroen C-Crosser is the best-looking of the three cars built on this platform yet it is still a very practical car. We’d say that, not for the first time, it’s a little French style which sets this car apart from the competition.
Our rating: 4

Expert review 3.4stars

  • Exterior4
  • Interior4
  • Practicality4
  • Ride and handling3
  • Performance3
  • Running costs3
  • Reliability3
  • Safety3
  • Equipment3
  • Why buy?4

Our recommendations

Best on a budget/Best-seller:
2.2 HDi VTR
The best value VTR is also the best seller.
Blow the budget:
2.2 HDi Exclusive
Extra cost is justified by extra kit.

It’s a little French style which sets this car apart from the competition