New, less cute look for updated Citroen C3 Aircross
CITROEN'S quirky little C3 Aircross has been treated to a facelift, writes William Scholes.
It is debatable if the new front end improves things - I don't think it looks as cute as before, which was part of its appeal - but most of the other changes sound more worthwhile.
These include new seats - something Citroen has invested heavily in as it seeks to make its cars more comfortable.
The seats have been given extra padding and stitched in such a way that, says Citroen, they give "an immediate visual impression of soft and cosy cushioning".
There are more personalisation options, including three different colours for the roof, and Citroen reckons there are 70 separate paintwork combinations.
It remains a practical little car, with a rear bench that splits 60/40 and which can slide backwards and forwards by 150mm.
With the seats pushed forward, the boot is as large as 520 litres; slide them back to maximise legroom, and luggage volume falls to a still-respectable 410 litres. Fold everything down and you can get up to 1,289 litres in the C3 Aircross's diminutive footprint.
Citroen has tried to give the car a more SUV-like stance, with raised ground clearance and a higher bonnet line. Wheels are larger than before, too.
There are also new lower-body and wheel-arch protection mouldings, front and rear skid plates, and roof bars. LED headlights are standard.
The revised C3 Aircross is due to reach Northern Ireland showrooms in June.
From launch, there will be two petrol (109bhp and 128bhp) and two diesel (109bhp and 118bhp) engines available, with the lower-powered version of each getting a six-speed manual transmission and the higher-powered version getting a six-speed automatic.
It will be offered in three trim levels - C-Series, Shine and Shine Plus - with prices starting from £17,320, £19,800 and £21,500 respectively.
And if you buy the car through Citroen's website, they'll give you a five-year/100,000-mile warranty.