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Citroen C3 Aircross Review 2021

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  • Launched in 2017
  • Small SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2017
  • Body type
    Small SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Quirky but flawed little SUV

Best bits

  • Very versatile small SUV with bags of interior space
  • Lots of character with some excellent interior touches
  • Cheap to buy and run

Not so great

  • Noisy cabin at speed
  • You’ll need a top-spec Flair for most of the desirable features
  • Rivals like the SEAT Arona and Ford Puma are nicer to drive

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Overall verdict

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Citroen C3 Aircross

"The Citroen C3 Aircross is like a east london warehouse conversion – relatively cheap, practical and roomy, but also cool. It doesn't drive like a tin-roofed storage facility thankfully and the PureTech petrol is peachy if you want a grunty motor that sips fuel."

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Citroen's C3 Aircross small SUV is its rival to the likes of the Nissan Juke and Ford Puma. But the Citroen majors in comfort rather than keen handling. Launched in 2017, it was given a mid-life refresh in 2021 to keep it up to date. Our 2021 Citroen C3 Aircross review will see if it's still worthy of your consideration. 


It's the lightest of updates with a customary new (and more angular) face being the most obvious change to the Citroen C3 Aircross. All models now get LED headlights – a night and day change (pardon the pun) over the old halogens, Citroen said – new paint finishes (Khaki Grey, Voltaic Blue and Polar White), new wheel designs and new exterior colour packs. 


The lineup changed, so out go the C3 Aircross Touch, Feel and Flair models and in come (in ascending order of specification) Citroen C3 Aircross C-Series, Shine and Shine Plus.


Get inside and you'll find the Citroen C3 Aircross C-Series models are the only ones to get a 7-inch infotainment screen, with the rest of the range getting a nine-inch version. 


But, whatever model you go for, you'll discover the Aircross's cabin is a curvy, colourful and quirky contrast to the more staid-but-intuitive cabin you'll find in a Volkswagen T-Cross. Changes, meanwhile, are reserved to a new centre console with additional storage that'll swallow smaller valuables and is lidded in all but the C-Series version. 


In truth, Citroen didn't have to change much because the C3 Aircross brief is to eek out lots of space from a relatively small body and it already does that pretty well. There's room for four tall adults in there and the back seats slides backwards and forwards so you can balance between boot space and passenger room. Slide the seats as far forward as they'll go and boot capacity sits at a healthy 520 litres.


The Citroen C3 Aircross even drives practically. The front pillar around the windscreen is thick but otherwise you get a great view out, the steering is light in town and direct at speed and while the car does roll a little in bends, it's not over the top. 


What's more annoying is that the suspension can get caught out by smaller bumps and ripples in the road, something even the thickly padded Advanced Comfort seats can't hide. There's also quite a lot of road noise at 70mph.


The highlight of the drive in the Citroen C3 Aircross is undoubtedly the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine, which has diesel-like torque and comparable efficiency. You can have it in two flavours – 110PS with a six-speed manual or 130PS with a six-speed automatic – the 110PS model feels just as quick making it the pick even if you do have to put up with a long-throw, notchy gear shit mated to a springy clutch. The 110PS diesel, the only other engine, is agricultural by comparison but returns 62mpg to the petrol's 57mpg. 


It feels like the wrong fit for family car that's so overtly cheerful, but is the C3 Aircross the right fit for you? If you need a frugal family car that has plenty of space and you value French flair over German efficiency we would say yes, it is. It proves that a boring family car doesn't have to be, well, boring. 

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1.2 PureTech 110 Shine Plus 5dr [6 speed]

  • 2021
  • 1,266 miles
  • Stoneacre Citroen Chesterfield
  • Derbyshire, S419AJ
Price:£19,991
PCP: £394.26/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £394.26, Customer Deposit: £2,998.00, Total Deposit: £2,998.65, Optional Final Payment: £7,156.98, Total Charge For Credit: £3,963.73, Total Amount Payable: £23,954.73, Representative APR: 11.3%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.81%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.45ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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1.2 PureTech 110 Flair 5dr EAT6

  • 2018
  • 10,819 miles
  • Richard Hardie Silverlink
  • Tyne and Wear, NE289ND
Price:£14,899
PCP: £270.79/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £270.79, Customer Deposit: £2,234.00, Total Deposit: £2,234.85, Optional Final Payment: £6,163.50, Total Charge For Credit: £2,977.00, Total Amount Payable: £17,876.00, Representative APR: 10.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.32%, Excess Mileage Charge: 6.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the 2021 Citroen C3 Aircross right for you?

If you want a quirky and interesting car that’s not going to break the bank to buy or run, the Citroen C3 Aircross is a good choice. It’s more practical than the equivalent Citroen C3 hatchback and its cabin feels very spacious (especially if you avoid the panoramic sunroof).


The Citroen C3 Aircross's quirky interior colour combinations will appeal to a wide audience and, although it’s not entirely successful in its execution, we like its comfort-focused approach to driving. There are better cars for long distance drivers, though, and anyone who wants a car that’s sporty to drive should look elsewhere.

What’s the best Citroen C3 Aircross model/engine to choose?

We’d recommend the top-spec Citroen C3 Aircross Shine Plus, otherwise you’re missing out on desirable features like the bold interior trims, versatile sliding rear bench and fold-flat front seat. 


Engine wise, the Puretech 110PS petrol engine gets our vote because it's cheaper than the 130PS version, with little penalty towards performance. Avoid the diesel unless you absolutely must have the most efficient engine available. Also be careful not to land yourself with one of the very slow 82PS petrols which were only offered for a short time - they’re extremely slow.

What other cars are similar to the Citroen C3 Aircross?

The Skoda Kamiq is another small SUV that takes a similar approach, prioritising practicality and comfort - but it didn’t go on sale until a while after the C3 Aircross, so might cost more money on the used market. 


You could also consider a Renault Captur (the new model launched in 2020 is much better) or a Peugeot 2008 (again, we rate the 2020 model highly). Other rivals range from the Vauxhall Crossland X to the Kia Stonic and Nissan Juke. Also consider the new Ford Puma, although the EcoSport is to be avoided.

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On the inside

On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

Citroen C3 Aircross Review 2021 boot space

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Citroen C3 Aircross an SUV?

The Citroen C3 Aircross combines the best features of a hatchback with an SUV. It has raised suspension, but not a four-wheel-drive system, instead it relies on Grip Control which helps the front tyres find purchase on terrain including sand, mud and snow.

Russell Campbell

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How much is a brand new Citroen C3 Aircross?

The Citroen C3 Aircross costs from £17,320 for a 110PS petrol in C-Series trim rising to £23,080 for a top-of-the-range 130PS petrol Citroen C3 Aircross Shine Plus. We would recommend the 110PS petrol Shine Plus which has a list price of £21,500.

Dan Harrison

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Is the Citroen C3 Aircross a good car?

The Citroen C3 Aircross is a good car if you're looking for a quirkily styled hatchback that has plenty of room for you, your other half and the kids. The driving experience focuses on comfort and its best sampled with the 110PS PureTech petrol engine which is nippy and cheap to run.

David Ross

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