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Citroen C3 AIRCROSS HATCHBACK 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr

Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
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Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr
Citroen C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr

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  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG55.40
  • 0-62mph14.1 secs
  • Top Speed102 mph
  • C02116 g/km
  • BHP82
  • Torque87 lbs/f
  • P11D24%


Like most mainstream brands, Citroen knows it has to address the growing market for small SUV Crossovers characterised by models like the Nissan Juke and the Renault Captur. In response, instead of designing a purpose-designed contender to fill this niche, the French maker has produced a version of its C3 supermini, the C3 Aircross. If we hadn't already seen the ordinary C3, we'd be hailing this as a top Juke or Captur alternative. Perhaps it still is.

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Citroen aims to gain for itself a slice of the lucrative small SUV market with this car, the C3 Aircross. Jonathan Crouch checks it out


Almost every mainstream brand you can think of is piling into the small SUV market, but most are doing so with cars designed for that segment from scratch. So what should we make of this contender, the C3 Aircross? Citroen says this model was indeed designed for the SUV market from scratch, pointing to the fact that this Aircross variant's introduction was planned for as part of the fundamental development of the third generation C3 supermini it's based upon. Whatever. Certainly, the look is unique, though surprisingly, it doesn't feature the 'Airbump' side panels used on the ordinary C3. Roof rails, unique wheels and extra scope for personalisation should do just enough to please potential buyers. Plus there's a smattering of off road-orientated technology too.

Driving Experience

As you'd expect, most of the engineering of this Aircross model is shared with its C3 supermini stablemate. The engines of course are the same, though this SUV-orientated model steers clear of the feeblest C3 units. The range starts with a three cylinder turbo petrol 1.2-litre PureTech 100 unit only offered with 6-speed manual transmission. If you want a petrol auto, you'll need the same engine in PureTech 130 guise, which is only offered mated to Citroen's EAT6 auto 'box. This is the latest Euro 6.3-compliant powertrain, which meets the very highest European emission standards. If you want a diesel, there's the usual 1.5-litre BlueHDi 100 unit, mated to 6-speed manual transmission. This would-be SUV introduced new technologies to the C3 range, including Grip Control with Hill Descent Assist to help in the very unlikely event of an owner being brave enough to take this little Crossover off road. The enhanced traction system clams to provide control and safety even on steep inclines, reducing the risk of slipping or acceleration as the vehicle descends in forward or reverse gear.

Design and Build

The C3 Aircross aims to dominate the road with its raised ground clearance, elevated driving position, front and rear skid plates, large wheels and wheel arch extensions. The body styling is underscored by strong graphic features such as touches of colour on the roof bars, and the 'Venetian Blind' rear quarter-lights. Inside, the ergonomically designed seats are paired with ingenious storage spaces and an uncluttered dashboard. The continuous 360o glazed area and opening panoramic sunroof fill the cabin with light, meaning even greater visibility for both the driver and passengers. The car's centre-dash 7-inch colour touchscreen is there to de-clutter the dashboard but goes too far by including ventilation controls and concealing them behind menus that can be awkward to instantly access when you're using the screen's other functions. As for practicality, well there's a split sliding and folding rear bench, plus 60/40 split-folding and adjustable seat backs. The boot is large by class standards at 410-litres and can be further extended up to 520-litres with the sliding rear bench option available on the Flair trim level.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £19,000 and there's a choice of four trim levels, 'Feel', 'C-Series', 'Flair' and 'Rip Curl'. Most buyers will be opting for the latter two spec levels, in which case a budget in the £21,000 to £22,500 bracket will be needed. This striking SUV has a number of personalisation options. The exterior bi-tone roof, standard on the Flair trim level and available in three colours can be complimented by one of the four exterior colour pack options, giving a total of 85 combinations. The C3 Aircross also features coloured light surrounds, plus special treatment for the door mirrors, wheel centre caps, rear quarter windows and roof bars. Inside, customers can select between five different interior ambiences comprising of special seat upholstery, a range of dashboard textures and door panel designs, and touches of colour on the central console surround, steering wheel, air vents and seat backs. Connectivity and infotainment is taken care of via a 7-inch touchscreen which groups together the key vehicle functions such as air conditioning, radio, telephone and Sat Nav. Safety-wise, there are up to 12 driving aids, including a colour Head-up Display, Speed Sign Recognition, an Active Safety Brake system, Intelligent Beam Headlights, Park Assist, a reversing camera, Lane Departure Warning and a Blind Spot Monitoring set-up.

Cost of Ownership

Almost every fashionable type of technology has been thrown at this car to drive its running costs down and, as you'd expect, the best returns can be achieved from the BlueHDi diesel models. Go for the entry-level BlueHDi 100 variant and you can expect around 70mpg on the combined cycle and 126g/km of CO2. Don't automatically sign on the dotted line for a diesel though, particularly if, like many supermini owners, you don't cover a huge number of annual miles. In the Pure Tech petrol range, the 110hp unit manages 141g/km. The top PureTech 130 petrol variant is rated at 150g/km. All quoted figures are WLTP. Every C3 Aircross comes with a three-year and 60,000-mile warranty and there's also Europe-wide breakdown assistance included from new for the first year you own the car. Looking at the longer term, you also have a 12-year guarantee against rust and 36 months cover for any paintwork defects, though that doesn't include stone chips and other wear and tear damage.


Citroen claims that this C3 Aircross is a 'people-minded SUV' inspired by customers. Perhaps. It's certainly inspired by a need for the brand to be part of a growing small SUV segment not fully covered for the company by its slightly larger C4 Cactus model. Normally, we're tempted to be slightly disparaging about brands that simply dress up an existing model and try and pretend that it's some kind of SUV but in this case, the design of the original C3 supermini really lends itself to this kind of transformation. The result is a car that in its own way is just as characterful as any Juke or Captur model in this sector. Which means that if you're buying in this category, it could be worth a look.

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Driver Convenience
Top rear vision reversing camera
7" colour touch screen
Citroen connected nav with connect box and emergency assist system
Coffee Break Alert
Cruise control + speed limiter
Lane departure warning system
Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and andriod auto
Multi function on board trip computer
Rear parking sensors
Rev counter
Speed limit recognition and recommendation
Variable PAS
Exterior Features
Body colour roof - Monotone
Solid paint
Auto dimming electrochrome rear view mirror
Automatic lights
Automatic windscreen wipers
Body colour bumpers
Body colour painted door handles with chrome insert
Dark tinted rear windows
Electric front windows + one touch + anti-pinch
Electric rear windows + anti-pinch
Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
Front and rear aluminium effect bumper protectors
Front fog lights with cornering function
Halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights
Rear wiper
Interior Features
Floor console central storage with 2 cup holders
Mica cloth upholstery
0.5L Large bottle rear door storage
1.5L Large bottle front door storage
12 volt front socket
12 volt rear socket
60/40 split folding rear seat
Additional 12V socket in the rear
Automatic air conditioning
Boot light
Driver and passenger sunvisor with courtesy mirror
Front courtesy reading lights
Grey soft touch dashboard facia
Height adjustable driver's seat
Height adjustable front headrests
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
ISOFIX outer rear seats mounting points including top tether
Lashing eyelets in boot
Leather effect gear knob
Leather steering wheel with satin chrome inserts
Pull out boot floor
Rear centre armrest/ski flap
Sliding rear bench
Three height adjustable rear head restraints
Tilt adjustable rear seats (Two positions)
Exterior colour pack - Black - C3 Aircross
Space saver spare wheel
17" Diamond cut 4 ever alloy wheels
Bluetooth hands free and media streaming with USB socket and jack
Citroen connected DAB radio with 6 speakers
Steering wheel mounted controls for stereo and telephone
ABS with Electronic brakeforce distribution and Emergency braking assistance
Active safety brake
Airbags - Driver/front passenger, front lateral and curtain
Drivers/passengers and rear seats unfastened seat belt warning
Electronic stability control
Five 3 point inertia reel seat belts
Forward collision alert
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Hill start assist function
Manual rear child locks
Tyre pressure monitor
Automatic boot locking
Automatic door locking
Keyless entry and start
Locking wheel nuts
Remote central locking + deadlocks
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.536
CO2 (g/km) 118
HC 0.032
Noise Level dB(A) 69
NOx 0.028
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 158
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 142
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 179
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 158
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 135
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 123
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 171
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 161
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 144
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 128
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1199
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 75
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90.5
Engine Code EB2FA
Gears 5 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 56.5
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 62.8
EC Urban (mpg) 44.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 5.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb 45
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 45
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 40.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 35.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 40.2
WLTP - MPG - High 51.8
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 47.1
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 51.8
WLTP - MPG - Low 39.5
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 39.5
WLTP - MPG - Medium 49.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 44.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 49.8
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.2
Badge Power 82
Coin Description PureTech
Coin Series Flair
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 6E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 85
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 82
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 64
NCAP Safety Assist % 60
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 16000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
0 to 62 mph (secs) 14.1
Engine Power - BHP 82
Engine Power - KW 60
Engine Power - RPM 5750
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 87
Engine Torque - MKG 12
Engine Torque - NM 118
Engine Torque - RPM 2750
Top Speed 102
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 215/50 R17
Tyre Size Rear 215/50 R17
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style 4 EVER
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1637
Length 4155
Wheelbase 2604
Width 1765
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 45
Gross Vehicle Weight 1735
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1289
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 410
Max. Loading Weight 647
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 650
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 560
Minimum Kerbweight 1088
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.8


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Exterior Features
Bi-tone roof - Natural white FOC
Bi-tone roof and door mirrors - Ink black FOC
Factory fitted swan neck demountable towbar £500.00
Metallic paint £520.00
Special solid paint £295.00
Exterior colour pack - Orange - C3 Aircross FOC
Exterior colour pack - Silver - C3 Aircross FOC
Exterior colour pack - White - C3 Aircross FOC
Family pack - Flair C3 Aircross £260.00
Hype colorado ambiance pack - C3 Aircross £750.00
Hype mistral ambiance pack - C3 Aircross £750.00
Metropolitan grey ambiance pack - C3 Aircross £350.00
Park assist pack with top rear view - C3 Aircross £450.00
Techno HiFi pack - C3 Aircross £650.00
Urban red ambiance pack - C3 Aircross £450.00
Metallic - Breathing blue £520.00
Metallic - Cosmic silver £520.00
Metallic - Ink black £520.00
Metallic - Platinum grey £520.00
Metallic - Soft sand £520.00
Metallic - Spicy orange £520.00
Solid - Passion red FOC
Special solid - Natural white £295.00
Cloth - Metropolitan grey ambiance £350.00
Hype cloth/leather - Black mistral ambiance £750.00
Hype cloth/leather - Colorado orange/grey ambiance £750.00
Mica cloth - Grey FOC
Urban red ambiance pack - cloth - Urban red ambiance £450.00
Compressor with puncture repair kit FOC
* option prices shown are estimated