Citroën C3 Aircross SUV - Interior & comfort
Citroen wants to evoke a ‘lounge’ feeling in the C3 Aircross, with comfortable seats and plentiful design themes
Citroen is on a mission to make driving a more relaxed affair and this is immediately apparent when you hit the road. Long-travel suspension gives the Aircross a smooth, loping ride quality on most road surfaces, although the occasional shock of potholes is the price you pay for a suspension that takes the edge off uncomfortable body lean when cornering.
There are wide seats designed to mimic your living-room armchair and you can choose from a selection of ‘Ambiances’, with different themes and colours for the upholstery. Importantly, the Aircross offers customers something different in an already overpopulated class, with the choice of sticking with a black-and-grey palette or ticking the box marked ‘Hype Colorado’ and enjoying a characterful two-tone interior.
Citroen C3 Aircross dashboard
The C3 Aircross' dashboard has a lot in common with that of the Citroen C3 supermini, with a clean look and lots of emphasis on the central infotainment screen. The dashboard texture varies depending on the ‘Ambiance’ you choose and how much money you spend, with soft-touch materials added as you go.
Feel trim, the current entry-point, includes 16-inch alloy wheels and a bodystyling kit with plastic front and rear skid plates under the bumpers for a stocky look. You also get niceties like a leather steering wheel and LED daytime running lights, but crucially there’s also a seven-inch display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This means you can hook up a compatible phone and enjoy navigation and services like Spotify – as long as you have enough mobile data. C-Series trim adds a soft-touch dashboard material, auto windscreen wipers, automatic air-conditioning and a black roof.
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For now, the top spec is Flair, with 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, a contrasting roof colour, dual-zone air-conditioning, keyless entry and Citroen’s own navigation software. It's the only model on which active safety braking, or autonomous emergency braking as it's otherwise known, is fitted as standard.
There's also a Rip Curl special edition, that's a collaboration with the well-known surfing brand. It includes an interior makeover and a unique exterior look, thanks to a choice of four exterior colours, a black roof and Rip Curl graphics.
The only standard paint colour is red, with white coming in at £300 and metallic colours costing £500. The standard grey cloth ambiance is free, while Metropolitan Grey with red details costs £350, Urban Red costs £450 and Hype Colorado and Hype Mistral – with enhanced upholstery and soft-touch trim – costs £750. You can upgrade the Feel trim to have 17-inch alloy wheels for £200 and add a panoramic sunroof for £950.
Every C3 Aircross has front-wheel drive, but you can add a system called Grip Control to improve traction on slippery surfaces, for £400. It works by applying the brake to a spinning wheel to send torque to the tyre with more traction.
Colour packs that finish the headlight surround, door mirror, roof rails and C-pillar white or orange cost £250 and a detachable tow bar costs £500.