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Citroen C3 Aircross interior

Quirky style appeal continues on the inside, even if material quality isn’t totally amazing. Infotainment could be sharper

Style

There are quite a lot of hard, scratchy plastics on display inside the new C3 Aircross, but you don’t really notice them too much. If anything, they almost add to the Citroen’s jacked-up, faux off-roader image – just like the plastic cladding on its exterior bumpers do.

Elsewhere, square-shaped air vents and instrument dials match the car’s boxy exterior, while funky fabric trim inserts on the rounded dashboard and door grabs (available on higher-spec models) add a bit of texture into the mix too.

But while those sections of hard plastics might not cramp the C3 Aircross’ sense of style too much, they do mean that it doesn’t feel quite as plush as the likes of the Volkswagen T-Cross or Skoda Kamiq. These compact SUVs have more soft-touch surfaces, and feel just that little bit more upmarket as a result.

Still, the Citroen feels pretty well-screwed together, and none of the controls are overly flimsy or cheap-feeling. Generally speaking, this is a very pleasant place to spend time.

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Infotainment

The Citroen C3 Aircross is reasonably well-catered for when it comes to infotainment goodies. Entry-level C-Series cars get a 7-inch touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay – so you can easily load up mapping, podcasts and music from your smartphone.

Move up to the Shine and Shine Plus trim levels, and you’ll get a larger 9-inch screen. This adds built-in navigation with real-time traffic updates, which you have access to for three years before you need to renew your subscription.

The system itself is easy enough to read and use, but there’s definitely room for improvement here. The graphics for the built-in mapping are pretty basic, and it doesn’t always respond to your inputs as smoothly or quickly as you might like. We’d wager that you will likely just hook up to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and use that instead.

You also have the choice of optioning the Sight & Sound pack for £500, which adds in a colour head-up display, a colour 3.5-inch digital screen in between the analogue dials and an uprated sound system.

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