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New Citroen C3 Aircross SUV to cost from £13,995

Citroen's new small SUV is a rival for the likes of the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka X, and will go on sale at the beginning of November.

Words by: First published: 1st August 2017
  • Three trim levels, five engines
  • Huge scope for personalisation
  • New compact SUV available to order now
The new Citroen C3 Aircross will cost from £13,995, the company has confirmed. It will officially go on sale on November 1st 2017.

Although the new model effectively replaces the C3 Picasso mini-MPV in Citroen’s range, the C3 Aircross looks more like an SUV, and is the first of a family of new SUVs to come from Citroen. We expect the larger C5 Aircross – a rival for cars like the Seat Ateca, Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 3008 – will be on sale in about a year’s time, but the C3 Aircross will be targeting the kind of buyers who would otherwise be looking at a Nissan Juke or Vauxhall Mokka X.

The C3 Aircross is certainly a striking car, with many of the features you’d expect of an SUV, such as its raised ground clearance, skid plates under the front and rear of the car, and extended wheel-arches. On top of that, there will also be huge scope for buyers to personalise their car.

The two-tone roof, which is standard on the top trim level, is available in three colours, and can be complemented by one of the four exterior colour pack options. These packs affect the colour of the roof bars, rear quarter-lights, door mirrors, headlamp surrounds and wheel centre caps, and help to give a total of 85 combinations.

In addition, buyers can choose from five different interior ‘ambiences’, which govern the seat upholstery, the dashboard texture, and the door panels, as well as the touches of colour on the central console surround, steering wheel, air vents and seat backs.

Inside, the cabin has a split-sliding and folding rear bench, with adjustable seat backs, while the class-leading boot space of 410 litres can be extended up to 520 litres with the sliding rear bench option available on the top trim level.
Three trim levels will be available, but the most basic (Touch) comes only with the least powerful of the five engines that will be available in the car.

Beyond that, Feel models cost from £15,100, and Flair from £16,900. In both cases, that’s with the PureTech 82 engine, but four other engines (two petrol, two diesel) will also be available, with power outputs ranging from 100 to 130PS.

Despite the SUV looks, the C3 Aircross does not come with four-wheel drive, but it will be available with both Grip Control and a Hill Descent Assist system to give it some ability away from Tarmac.

Citroen is yet to confirm details of what equipment will come with each trim level, but the company has said that among the equipment available on the C3 Aircross will be a colour head-up display, voice-controlled sat-nav, keyless entry and start, a reversing camera, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.

Speed Sign Recognition and Recommendation, Active Safety Brake and Intelligent Beam Headlights are also available, while the connectivity features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The C3 Aircross is also the first Citroen to offer wireless smartphone charging.

The full range goes on sale at the beginning of November, but we’ll be driving the new car in late September, so come back to our website then to read the full review.

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