When Citroen canned the C3 Picasso, it replaced it with the C3 Aircross. The change of name was the least significant part of the newcomer’s arrival, because the small MPV transformed into a small crossover, albeit a crossover with just as much space inside as the people carrier that it replaced.
With a look and detail touches inspired by the C3 supermini, the funky lines of the C3 Aircross will appeal to those after a bit of style from their small crossover. But where the Aircross differs over the supermini is with the amount of space on offer inside.
• Citroen C3 Aircross review
With a 410-litre boot in five-seat mode, that’s 25 litres more than the Picasso, so there’s no penalty to pay for the switch to a crossover body. That also means the Aircross has the beating of its small crossover rivals for room, making it a practical choice for buyers.
Like the C3, the Aircross favours comfort and cruising ability over performance and handling. The soft suspension complements the comfortable interior to allow passengers to relax, while the engine range offers adequate performance rather than frenzied pace. We’d choose Citroen’s punchy 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine, as it delivers power where you need it, and has decent economy figures that aren’t far behind the 1.6 diesel.
Throw in plenty of personalisation on higher spec models, as well as a raft of kit that would make a larger SUV look well equipped, and the C3 Aircross is a great addition to the small crossover ranks.
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source: AutoExpress Best Car Reviews (autoexpress.co.uk)