Fans of the Citroen C4 have been buzzing with excitement as news of a compact SUV to be included in the C4 line began flooding the press since 2012. Jumpstart to early 2013 and first reviews were positive about the Aircross becoming a formidable rival of Nissan Qashqai and other reliable favorites in the segment. Mitsubishi and Citroen have certainly done something right, and Aircross is a testament to their great partnership. Persons who are interested in owning a compact SUV may readily set aside other options in the segment after a look into the profile of the Citroen C4 Aircross.
Buyer options are relatively numerous with this vehicle. The C4 Aircross comes as either a three-setting four wheel drive with LOCK or an economical two wheel drive. As for engine, the Aircross has three types: a 1.6 litre petrol, 1.6 litre diesel, and a 1.8 litre turbodiesel exclusive for two wheel drive models. Fuel economy is pegged at 51mpg.
Compared to Mitsubishi ASX, on which it was based, the C4 Aircross is visibly more stylish inside and out. The Aircross’ exterior styling is unique with a French chic twist that makes it stand out from other vehicles in the segment. Citroen does away with the big grille so often associated with the segment and instead emblazons the Aircross with a sleek two-segment grille chevron. Seating is ample and comfortable and the car is a practical choice for big families with its 442 litres of boot space. Folded rear seats can boost the capacity to a competitive 1193 litres, making the Aircross a very practical choice.
Drivability is impressive with the Aircross. Body roll is very minimal when it cuts corners, and bumps on the road are hardly felt thanks to its multi-link suspension. In addition, the four wheel drive can provide excellent grip on any type of road.
Those who plan to invest big money on the vehicle won’t be disappointed with the equipment. Features include USB and Bluetooth connectivity, touchscreen sat-nav, LED running lights, panoramic glass roof, reversing camera with rear mirror display, ABS brakes, ESP, hill start-assist, brake assist, seven airbags and others.
While the four wheel drive performs easily on light terrains, off-road drivers may soon feel that it isn’t a car especially made for rough grounds. Although the Aircross’ cabin space passes average, the front seats are not very adjustable and tall drivers may feel cramped. The passenger seat is not height adjustable. In addition, steering doesn’t provide much feedback, and the manual gearbox is heavier compared to other Citroen models. Cornering feels as if the driver is handling a bulkier and bigger car, leaving manouverability a lot to be desired. Its sibling the Mitsubishi ASX offers more dynamism in this respect.
While the Citroen C4 Aircross has a lot of good points as a compact SUV, on average it remains at par with its rivals in the segment. To conclude, C4 Aircross is a car for individuals who are looking for greater boot space than engine power and off-road capability.
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