The Citroen A3 Aircross is a quirky family SUV with a stylish, spacious and practical interior. It’s a comfortable car, but large blind spots can make it tricky to manoeuvre in town
The Citroen C3 Aircross should be at the top of your shortlist if you’re looking for a family SUV that’s spacious and comfortable, but interesting enough to stand out in any car park.
Even if you’re not taken by the way the Aircross looks, a huge choice of paint colours for the body and roof – coupled with some exterior trim packs – means you can really make it fit your tastes.
The same goes for the interior, where you can pick from five colour packs to spice things up – not that you really need to though, thanks to a funky design that makes the inside of a Volkswagen Golf seem rather boring.
The C3 Aircross’ raised roofline means it is also noticeably more spacious than the Golf and its big soft front seats almost give you the impression you’re in your lounge rather than a car. It’s roomy in the back too, and top-of-the-range Flair models have a rear bench that slides forwards, backwards and reclines for even more comfort.
That sense of space extends to the C3 Aircross’ luggage space – the 410-litre boot is bigger than what you’d find in a normal family car such as a VW Golf, and it expands to a roomy 520 litres if you slide the rear seats forwards a bit. That gives you nearly as much space as in the much bigger – and far more expensive – Audi Q5, meaning the Citroen is a decent companion for family holidays.
The Citroen C3’s like an accountant that attends all-night raves – it’s does all the practical stuff well, but still knows how to be fun
And the way it drives will keep the kids happy too, thanks to comfortable suspension that soaks up bumps well, only sending the odd jolt into the cabin. Light steering makes it easy to drive at low speeds, although big blind spots around the edges of the windscreen are a pain around town.
The Aircross’ engine range is also borrowed from the C3. The best one is the 110hp petrol model that’s both nippy and cheap to run. It’s so good the 1.6-litre diesels are only worth considering if you have a massive mileage that’ll allow you to benefit from their brilliant fuel economy.
Whichever model you choose, the C3 Aircross is well-priced, spacious, comfortable but also rather a lot of fun. You can find out more in-depth details on the C3 Aircross in the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections over the following pages. Or, if you want to see what kind of savings you can expect on a C3 Aircross, click through to our deals page.