Closely inspired by the Mitsubishi ASX, the Citroën C4 Aircross represents the French automaker’s first foray into the SUV game, but with plenty of unique character. Joining the ranks of the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and VW Tiguan, this car builds well on the earlier C4 and DS4 models – partnering Mitsubishi’s well-known reliability with Citroën’s design chic.
The standard Aircross has a 1.6-litre petrol engine, while there’s also a 1.8-litre turbodiesel option. Although it’s not on sale in the UK until early 2013, reviewers report that CO2 emissions could be as low as 145g/km and it may have a fuel economy of 51.4 mpg. The Citroën C4 Aircross is now on sale, however; you can search car sales to find listings.
One of the biggest appeals of the C4 Aircross is that it’s suitable for smaller, active families looking for an alternative to the Qashqai, which thus far has been a market leader in this segment. Mitsubishi’s influence means it offers decent ride quality, which on the high-set Citroën is instantly noticeable.
The inside of the C4 Aircross also bares Mitsubishi’s influence. From the dashboard to the Sat-Nav (which runs the Japanese company’s software), the interior also emphasises space and ease of use – not to mention the classy soft-touch covers on the dash and doors. Roomy enough to fit five adults, this car is absolutely stacked with equipment, which in the interior ranges from cruise and climate control with pollen filter to Bluetooth phone connectivity, six-speaker audio system and leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel.
But perhaps the biggest selling point in this SUV is its drive feel, which benefits from Mitsubishi’s multi-link suspension and keeps it steady through corners. Switchable four-wheel drive gives owners the opportunity to explore rougher terrain – even if they prefer not to test its limits – but it can be immensely satisfying to know that your car can handle tougher conditions if necessary.
One final note is for the generous cabin space: the boot is 416 litres and 1,193 litres with the rear seats folded; that’s more than 300-hundred litres than in the Qashqai and something to remember if interior room is on your list of essential specs.
A similar partnership as the C-Crosser and the Mitsubishi Outlander, the C4 Aircross and the ASX have taken some of their strongest elements in both cars and produced a robust crossover in this competitive class.
Citroen C4 Aircross Pictures
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