October 16, 2021

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AUTOTEST What has changed on the Citroëne C3 Aircross after the facelift?

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The new front visor looks more aggressive and powerful, LED lights are connected to a chrome strip.

What has changed about the Citroëne C3 Aircross after the facelift? At first glance, it is clear that the small French crossover has a different front. The radiator grille got a rougher expression with thicker vertical slats, and a chrome strip was added. The LED lights have a different shape and are slimmer, and the colorful oval has disappeared with the lights. Otherwise, the bottom is formed at the bumper. The back of the body remained completely unchanged. The seats have new Metropolitan Graphite upholstery (there are four seat designs to choose from) – black faux leather with gray fabric and a beige stripe on the top of the backrests. Gray fabric stripe is also present on the dashboard. The Advanced Comfort seats contain a special 15mm high-density foam that supports better and more comfortable comfort on long journeys. However, there is still a lack of a more pronounced lateral grip, which can meet in higher inclinations in curves. We read the data from the monitor, located on a completely analog instrument panel, which is no longer common today. There’s a new 9-inch touchscreen display with better picture quality and sharper graphics as well as improved connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Induction smartphone charger has been added. While driving, we fit the soft upholstery of the seats.

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The crossover can be equipped with up to twelve steering assistance systems to increase safety and comfort on the road. The options for personalizing the exterior have also been redesigned, so there are 70 combinations on offer. Seven body colors, four decorative color groups and two roof colors. Also new are the rear side window trims behind the C-pillar. The tested sample had a khaki gray (new to show), a white roof and a range of white accessories like mirrors, a rear side window or applications in the front bumper. Additionally, 17-inch lightweight origami alloy discs with cut-outs. Aircross has cabin space large enough for adult passengers. Especially with plenty of legroom for rear seat passengers and headroom. It offers decent variability thanks to the split rear seat. It consists of two separate sliding parts, while the backrests can be folded down. In combination with the foldable passenger seat, a storage space of up to 2.4 meters can be obtained for carrying accessories. The center console is equipped with a large storage space that can be closed with a rotating shutter. The luggage compartment can be increased from 410 to 520 liters by moving the rear seat or up to 1289 liters with the rear seats folded down.

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On the small Aircross, we already appreciated the smooth suspension, good uneven absorption and an inconspicuous three-cylinder engine before the facelift. The turbocharged petrol 130 hp circulates delightfully, and the torque is 230 Nm to the front wheels. The six-speed automatic transmission does not have a simple background and its character is rather pensive. To maintain the 1,280kg car, we need to squeeze a little bit up the speed. But it didn’t translate to his urgency at all. Conversely, after three weeks of testing, the consumption figure starts at five. And on the highway it was not much worse, I drank 6.1 liters there. No electrification and hybridization occurred, which is exceptional in recent times. The 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine appears to be in service until the twilight of the internal combustion engine era.

Photo of the tested model as well as our evaluation in the gallery

The base price of the novelty for a 110-horsepower engine with a manual transmission starts from 15,490 euros, against 14,990 euros. A more powerful gasoline derivative, which is provided only with the machine, costs 17,490 euros and a more powerful diesel 18,490 euros. C3 Aircross has been on sale since 2017, and in those five years it has already sold 330 thousand units worldwide. After a facelift, she has a real chance of keeping sales in droves.

Text: Michel Badnour