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heycar review

      Launch year
      2017
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Quirky but flawed little crossover

Best bits

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

Not so great

  • Lacks refinement with a surprisingly bouncy ride
  • You’ll need a top-spec Flair for most of the desirable features
  • Rivals like the SEAT Arona and Ford Puma are better to drive

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Overall verdict

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How much does it cost to run

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Overall verdict

"The Citroen C3 Aircross is a breath of fresh air in a very crowded market. It’s a shame, though, that its execution isn’t quite as impressive as its intentions. It’s practical (more so in top-spec Flair trim) and comfortable, although the ride quality isn’t quite as polished as you might expect."

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If you’re searching for a new car, you’re probably already very familiar with the boom in the small crossover market in recent years. Popular examples include the Nissan Juke, SEAT Arona, Mazda CX-3, Ford Puma, Vauxhall Crossland X, Volkswagen T-Cross, Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Hyundai Kona… you get the idea.


All these cars take a similar approach. They’re based on small hatchbacks (think Ford Fiesta size), with a bit more ground clearance and a higher driving position as well as a useful extra dose of practicality. Most of them also emphasise the ‘sport’ element of SUV, with hatchback-like driving dynamics and sporty aesthetics.


The Citroen C3 Aircross takes a firm stand against that. It replaces the old C3 Picasso people carrier, and it’s aimed at buyers who are seeking a comfortable and practical little car with no desire for sportiness.


It features a light and airy cabin with plenty of space, even for those in the rear. A sliding rear bench is available, allowing you to prioritise space for back-seat passengers or luggage in the boot. As you’ll find with a lot of the most desirable features in the C3 Aircross, this is only available on top-spec Flair models.


Most are fitted with the characterful three-cylinder petrol engine with either the six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. There’s also a 1.5 diesel available if you really need the efficiency.


No matter which engine you choose, the C3 Aircross is responsive enough to keep up with traffic, although it has no intentions of offering hot hatch performance. That’s good news, in our opinion, as they’re all cheap to run with decent fuel economy and low servicing costs.


The C3 Aircross has a very soft ride - it’s quite amusing at first and almost feels like a modern-day Citroen 2CV. Apply the brakes and you’ll feel the entire car lurch forwards, while it’s possible to see quite a considerable amount of lean on roundabouts. It’s not the most sophisticated setup, though - despite being very soft, it’ll soon get a bit crashy over broken road surfaces.


When the Citroen C3 Aircross first went on sale in 2017, it was available with three trim levels: Touch, Feel and Flair. Touch was soon dropped for the range, with Feel becoming the new entry-level model. There have been a number of special editions sitting in the middle of the range, including Origins and later C-Series models.


The sweet spot in the range, in our opinion, is a Flair model with the Puretech 130 engine (that’s the one with the auto gearbox). There are plenty available on the used market, and the C3 Aircross isn’t a bad purchase for someone seeking a comfortable and practical little car. Don’t rush into the purchase without considering a SEAT Arona or Ford Puma, though. 

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Citroen C3 Aircross

1.2 PureTech 110 Feel 5dr

  • 2018
  • 17,733 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Robins And Day Citroen Coventry
  • Warwickshire, CV56UB
Price:£9,466
PCP: £158.45/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £158.45, Customer Deposit: £1,419.00, Total Deposit: £1,419.90, Optional Final Payment: £4,680.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,179.65, Total Amount Payable: £11,645.65, Representative APR: 11.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 11.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 12.5ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Citroen C3 Aircross

1.5 BlueHDi Feel 5dr [6 speed]

  • 2019
  • 12,555 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Robins And Day Citroen Coventry
  • Warwickshire, CV56UB
Price:£11,230
PCP: £189.47/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £189.47, Customer Deposit: £1,684.00, Total Deposit: £1,684.50, Optional Final Payment: £5,490.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,575.95, Total Amount Payable: £13,805.95, Representative APR: 11.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 11.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 12.5ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the 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 hatchback, and its cabin feels very spacious (especially if you avoid the panoramic sunroof).


Its 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 Flair model, otherwise you’re missing out on desirable features like the bold interior trims and versatile sliding rear bench. There have been a few special editions which have showroom appeal but don’t really add a great deal over the entry-level Feel trim level.


We’d recommend the Puretech 130 petrol engine - not because it’s the most powerful, but because it comes with an automatic gearbox which suits the C3 Aircross well. The Puretech 110 is fine if you’re averse to an auto ‘box. 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 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

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification