New Citroen C3 Aircross is pleasing both on the eye and on the road

The Citroen C3 Aircross.
The Citroen C3 Aircross.

Car makers that dare to be different sometimes get things wrong but there are occasions when they hit the nail on the head and deliver something that adds a bit of class to our streets. Citroen are a brand that takes these kinds of chances and deserve to be lauded for their foresight.

Amongst a host of typical SUV cars that are appearing these days, Citroen bring along the C3 Aircross, a compact SUV/Crossover that shakes up the mundane and brings a bit of style to the market.

This week’s test car certainly adds a bold character to the model, with its big 17” wheels, smoky grey skin emblazoned with bright orange door mirrors, roof rails, lamp housing and vent surrounds. You can get a less audacious colour scheme if you wish, but the point is that you can personalise the car as you like within a vast array of changeable parts. My test car also had an opening panoramic roof as an added extra.

And, of course, the inside can be just as glitzy as you need. On the test car, that orange trend continued inside. This test car had the Metropolitan Grey Ambience Interior where you get a mix of material textures with hard and soft surfaces and even tweed covering on part of the dashboard that I found very much to my liking. You also get leather trim on the steering, the gear knob, and here and there around the cabin.

However, the seats, while comfy, don’t offer much support and are rather flat at the base. Still, you can use the adjustments to get a good driving height, but you will be conscious when cornering and going around roundabouts. Space is really decent for a car of this size and the boot, while not massive, will challenge most others in this bracket and should not turn buyers off.

This week’s model is the Citroen C3 Aircross FLAIR 1.2-litre PureTech 110ps S&S (stop and start) with a price tag of €25,095 and a petrol engine common the Peugeot range and now the Opel range too.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.