The Citroen C3 Aircross’ interior looks great and everything’s reasonably easy to use but some plastics feel quite cheap and nasty
Even the entry-level Citroen C3 Aircross has a pleasing interior, with a dashboard design that leans heavily on a funky rectangular theme.
It looks great though, with some fabric trim pieces, two-tone interior colour schemes and heavily sculpted air vents. It makes the Vauxhall Crossland X look boring.
That said, the interior quality isn’t brilliant, with hard plastics used for the majority of the cabin, and the smart design of the dashboard is let down a little by the large swathes of bland plastic on the inside of the front doors.
The plastic quality doesn’t improve as you move up the range, but it’s still worth upgrading to Citroen C3 Aircross Feel or Flair models, which have a colourful seven-inch infotainment screen. It isn’t the best in the business, but it looks a lot nicer than the basic stereo fitted to Touch models.
Upgrade to a Feel or Flair model and you can also ditch the Mica grey seats in entry-level models for one of four interior styling packs (costing from £350) including Metropolitan Grey, Urban Red, Hype Mistral and Hype Colorado. They let you choose from light, dark, leather-look and tweed-style upholstery – all of which are more interesting than the upholstery you get in the Hyundai i20 or the Vauxhall Crossland X.
The Citroen's colourful trims and quirky design features certainly put other SUV interiors to shame but they won't be to everyone's taste
Buy an entry-level Touch version of the Citroen C3 Aircross and you’ll have to do without a proper infotainment system – you don’t get a colour screen but you do get a Bluetooth phone connection, with audio streaming and DAB digital radio.
You’re far better off choosing a Feel model, though. They come with Citroen’s seven-inch infotainment screen as standard. It looks much nicer than the basic system – even if its graphics are relatively low-resolution – and is easy enough to use on the move thanks to shortcut keys that let you skip between menus and a physical volume knob rather than annoying touch sensitive buttons. It also comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, so you can mirror the screen of your smartphone for things like satellite navigation and music streaming.
As a result, the upgraded seven-inch infotainment screen fitted to Flair models (with built in sat-nav) is redundant unless your phone can’t mirror onto the car’s big screen.