Citroen C3 Aircross – Interior
The dashboard in the Citroen C3 Aircross is nothing straightforward in design, with the French designers unfortunately look like trying a little too hard to impress. The air-conditioning vents look extremely busy and overdone with plenty of vanes and double dose of square bezels in orange, which doesn’t blend well with the blue body colour.
The well-styled steering wheel on the hand reminds us of the rim design, with a squarish theme on the centre plus the decorative trim at the lower spoke. While it certainly looks different, matching the extroverted exterior with unconventional lines and patterns, most of the interior surface in the Citroen C3 Aircross is made out of hard plastics with no soft touch to be found anywhere save for a small strip on the door pockets.
There are no traditional switches for controlling the air-conditioning in the Citroen C3 Aircross, with all controls embedded into the large 7-inch Touch-drive interface. Another item in the Citroen C3 Aircross that sure intrigues passengers is the handbrake lever, designed with such large dimensions that it makes the shift lever looks too small. It is design such as this make electronic parking brake (EPB) look insanely space-saving and practical.
Instrument clusterThe Citroen C3 Aircross uses an easy to read analogue instrument cluster with a fairly sized LCD multi-information display. A coolant temperature gauge is also nestled in the instrument cluster of the Citroen C3 Aircross, providing information that is vital to certain drivers.
Space and practicalityThe cabin of the Citroen C3 Aircross is quite practical, as there is a certain expectation from its European customers.
Storage spaces include a fairly sized tray along the dashboard ahead of the passenger, exposed cup holders, and large door pockets on all four doors. Legroom for rear occupants in the Citroen C3 Aircross is commendable and it can even slide for more legroom or added cargo space.
There are also seatback pockets on both front seats, something uncommon on compact European cars. Boot space is also above-average at 410 litres. Additional height can be adjusted by moving the cargo floorboard to the lower level, while increase in depth via the sliding rear seats forward.
While on paper it is listed as a 60-40 split-folding rear seat, we would give the Citroen C3 Aircross a bonus and call it a 40-20-40 split, as the central portion, from the top of the bench, can be folded downwards and serves as a proper armrest with cupholders for the two rear occupants.