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  • BodyType SUV
  • Transmission AT
  • Capacity 1.2 L
  • Horsepower 112 PS
  • Seats 5
The 2021 - 2022 Citroen C3 Aircross is offered in 1 variants - which is offered at a price of RM 110,141, the base model of c3-aircross is 2020 Citroën C3 AIRCROSS SUV which is at a price of RM 110,141.
  • Overview
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Features
  • Powertrain
  • Driving Performance
  • Ride Comfort
  • Fuel Consumption
  • Conclusion
  • Overview

    Citroen C3 Aircross – Overview

    In Europe, the Citroen C3 Aircross goes up against the likes of Renault Captur, Ford Ecosport, Peugeot 2008, and Dacia Duster. However, in Malaysia, the landscape is much different. The Citroen C3 Aircross, only available in one variant, is priced at RM115,888, competes with the Renault Captur, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, newly added Proton X50 as well as the Hyundai Kona.

    Naza Group, the official distributor of the brand, assembled the Citroen C3 Aircross at its Gurun facility thus making the price competitive to Japanese brands. However, the distributorship is now in limbo has Bermaz Auto has only took over the after-sales service of the Citroen and DS brands (with effect from Dec 2020), and not the distribution rights.

  • Exterior

    Citroen C3 Aircross – Exterior

    The Citroen C3 Aircross is definitely a head-turning little SUV. Its unique looks make it a rare sight, and to add to its rareness, there are only a handful on the road. While incredibly small presence in Malaysia, Citroen has always been around selling DS 3s and 4s along with a number of MPVs like the C4 Grand Spacetourer, Citroen also offered the C3 hatchback for a short period.

    Come early 2019, saw the brand dip its toes into the B-segment SUV market with the launch of the Citroen C3 Aircross.
    While the Citroen C3 Aircross started life as a hatchback it hardly looks like a C3 hatch (not sold here) on stilts. Sure, the Citroen C3 Aircross does have elements of the C3 hatch if you look at it from certain angles but we think the SUV holds its own.

    Whether the car looks good or not is subjective. There is also the small community of girls who think the Citroen C3 Aircross has a very feminine appeal. You get squinty LED daytime running lamps that give the car a Decepticon resemblance. Lighting is halogen technology, surrounded by a bezel matching the side mirror, and have the cornering feature that follows your steering direction.

    The brightly coloured elements such as the roof rails, headlamp surround and mirror covers are paired with the overall exterior colour. Bright orange is only used on white and ‘Soft sand’ body colours, while gloss black is applied on red or blue body colours. The rear features 3D-effect tail lamps and an unpainted bumper with a large aluminium bumper insert.

    Similar to most of the rivals, 17-inch wheels are fitted to the Citroen C3 Aircross. We really like how everything focuses on styling on the Citroen C3 Aircross, with the 4-spoke wheel centre caps even beautifully made and colour coordinated with the bright exterior highlights mentioned earlier. It’s mesmerizing to see four squares fit into a circular rim.

     

     Dimensions
     Length  4,155 mm
     Width  1,765 mm
     Height  1,648 mm
     Wheelbase  2,604 mm



     

  • Interior

    Citroen C3 Aircross – Interior

    Dashboard

    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 cluster

    The 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 practicality

    The 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. 

  • Features

    Citroen C3 Aircross – Features

    Safety features

    There are six airbags in the Citroen C3 Aircross, with the consumer-expected passive safety system such as electric stability control, hill start assist, and traction control. The rearview camera, covering 180 degrees, also projects in the 7-inch infotainment display and can even augment with a view from the top. There is also a driver attention monitoring and alert function.

    Comfort features

    Standard features in the Citroen C3 Aircross includes automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, start-stop button and sliding rear seats with up to 15 cm travel and additional recline angle. The seats in the Citroen C3 Aircross are upholstered in perhaps the most striking theme ever for a car in this price segment. 

    They feature light grey on black fabric, accented by a bright red horizontal strip on both the front and back seatbacks. Unfortunately, they look dated.The material feels scratchy to touch, not the most comfortable to slide around on when wearing shorts even though the seats have just the right amount of cushion plushness. 

    While compact SUVs are targeted at urban driving and thus rarely have passengers in the back seat, the Citroen C3 Aircross adds something that’s only found in MPVs and large executive sedans- manual sunblinds on the rear windows!

    Infotainment

    The Citroen C3 Aircross is factory fitted with a large 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It features plenty of entertainment options via connection through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink, WiFi and USB. The sound is meanwhile channelled out to a six-speaker setup with processing by Arkamys. We found the sound quality to only be average, with unbranded system found in the Toyota Yaris sounding even better. 

  • Powertrain

    Citroen C3 Aircross – Powertrain

    Engine

    The Citroen C3 Aircross in Malaysia is equipped with a 1.2-litre PureTech turbocharged three-cylinder engine with outputs of 112 PS @ 5,500 rpm and 205 Nm of torque. The peak torque arrives at a lowly 1,500 rpm, providing a punchy feeling when driving around town.

    Transmission

    Power goes to the front wheels via an Aisin-sourced six-speed conventional automatic transmission. There is a manual mode for sportier drives on the shift lever to manually select the required gear ratio, together with Sport (more responsive) and Snow (less responsive) modes.

    Chassis

    The front suspension features MacPherson Strut design with the rear features the norm of the segment- torsion beam axle. Two-tone alloy wheels are large in diameter too, with the tyre size in 215/50R17.
    When laden with passengers, the Citroen C3 Aircross still has quite a respectable ground clearance of 178 mm.

    Drivetrain

    The Citroen C3 Aircross is a front-wheel drive compact SUV or crossover. 

  • Driving Performance

    Citroen C3 Aircross – Driving Performance

    Engine performance

    The 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine in the Citroen C3 Aircross looks good on paper and it delivers when driven in the correct gear. In our test with calibrated instruments, the 0 to 100 km/h sprint is completed in 11.6 seconds.
    Unfortunately for the Citroen C3 Aircross, the powertrain's prowess is dragged down by the clunky and slow responding 6-speed conventional automatic gearbox from Aisin.

    Transmission performance

    At low speeds, the six-speed automatic transmission in the Citroen C3 Aircross highlights its weakness. The response is slow, and despite being a conventional torque converter unit, shifts are crude and in slow traffic, it jerks like a dual-clutch automatic.

    Steering and handling

    When it comes to handling, there is only one way to describe the way the Citroen C3 Aircross drives and that is that it feels like a sporty hatchback rather than an SUV. The steering is set just right, not too heavy and not too light. 

    With a shorter car length measuring in at 4.15 metres, it is no surprise that the Citroen C3 Aircross offers more agility than its Japanese competitors when going through the corners. Compared to the Renault Captur, the more modern Citroen C3 Aircross is more agile. 

  • Ride Comfort

    Citroen C3 Aircross – Ride Comfort

    Soundproofing

    Surprisingly, the Citroen C3 Aircross has a very quiet interior. Our noise test (in non-controlled environments) shows that the car measures in at 65 decibels even when cruising on the highway at 110 km/h.

    Passenger comfort

    Citroen is synonymous with comfort and the C3 Aircross is no exception. The suspension on the Citroen C3 Aircross is firm but not too stiff. In terms of space, the Citroen C3 Aircross has a surprisingly spacious cabin, despite the looks.

    The rear seats with sliding functions certainly add some additional knee room when required. But, the six-speaker set up with Arkamys processing did not give the most immersive experience as the sound quality is poorer than even a Toyota Yaris.

  • Fuel Consumption

    Citroen C3 Aircross – Fuel Economy

    The Citroen C3 Aircross is rated at 5.3 litres per 100 km (18.8 km/L). However, in our test drive review, the values returned were much worse at 9.45 litres per 100 km, nearly twice as high. 

  • Conclusion

    Citroen C3 Aircross – Conclusion

    The Citroen C3 Aircross is as unconventional as it can get. It is one of two B-segment SUVs (the other being the Renault Captur) that come with a turbocharged engine, it also has more space and practicality than its closest French rival.

    For RM 115,888, the Citroen C3 Aircross is not a bad bargain either, though it is a little more expensive than the Renault Captur's RM 102,845 price tag, the Citroen C3 Aircross does sit between lower variants of the Honda HR-V (starting from RM 108,800).

    Though the Citroen C3 Aircross come with halogen headlamps, they trump the LED headlamps on the HR-V with its cornering function. And, like the HR-V, it also comes complete with cruise control.
    In terms of entertainment, the Citroen C3 Aircross also trumps the HR-V with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Citroen C3 Aircross 2022 has total 4 color options in Malaysia: Passion Red, Soft Sand, Natural White, Breathing Blue.

Passion Red

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