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Citroën C3 Aircross review - MPG, running costs & CO2

Every Citroen C3 Aircross engine is thrifty, even if the cleanest diesel isn’t quite class-leading

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The Citroen C3 Aircross uses small engines designed first and foremost to be affordable to run, so shouldn’t put a dent in your wallet. The best fuel economy comes from the manual models, though, so you should expect to spend a little more on fuel and company-car tax if you go for the range-topping automatic. There isn't currently a hybrid or plug-in hybrid version of the C3 Aircross to compete with alternative fuel versions of the Renault Captur and Kia Niro

Citroen C3 Aircross MPG & CO2

The 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine is most efficient in its smaller 109bhp guise, returning up to 54.2mpg with stop-start fitted. Opting for the more powerful 128bhp version sees fuel consumption fall to 48.5mpg, while the 81bhp version is no longer available and didn’t get this fuel-saving technology, so returned a lower official economy figure. With CO2 emissions of between 134-147g/km, the less powerful 1.2-litre petrol engine models fall into reasonable BiK bands for private buyers, but may not appeal to business users after the best small company car.

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The BlueHDi diesel is the most economical, returning up to 64mpg, but it’s also considerably more expensive to buy than the petrol, so is best suited to drivers with a high annual mileage. Emissions from 130-137g/km of CO2 place the diesel Aircross in a mid-range BiK banding.

After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), all versions of the C3 Aircross cost the standard rate in annual VED (road tax).

Insurance groups

Insurance groups for the C3 Aircross should be affordable for most drivers, spanning from groups 15 to 21 out of the 50 available.

Warranty

New Citroens come with a standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty that can be extended by a few years for additional cost at the time of purchase. This is on a par with SEAT, but rivals like Kia are better, with an industry-leading seven-year warranty, while Hyundai covers the Kona for five years or 100,000 miles.

Servicing

Citroen offers servicing plans that allow you to budget for maintenance costs by paying for two or three services in monthly instalments. Contact your local dealership for the latest prices and offers.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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