CAircross Lovo, indeed, has changed a lot in the Citroen C3. Some of the changes seem logical, others not so good. In any case, to confuse the C3 Aircross and C3 is simply impossible. What is the most compact crossover of the brand?
Above all, spacious. After all, the C3 Aircross is not a hatch but rather a sedan. Why did the side window in the rear pillar, and made of polycarbonate. On his way, you can stick a funny coloured stripes. They are part of the set of personalization exterior, including roof rails, side mirrors and trim lights. All this can be painted in one of four colors: black, white, silver and orange – at a price of 220 5 to 6 530 UAH for everything. Given the fact that he Citroen C3 Aircross is estimated at 460 – 602 thousand UAH, it turns out that the paint scheme will cost about 1% of the cost. Not so expensive, and then do nothing, if you like the color of night: finishing in black colour expected from the machine by default since high picking Feel.
Trunk volume crossover is 410 litres with the spare wheel and 520 l without it – very worthy indicator. There is also a small underground, where it is possible to remove from sight the little things of questionable importance, forever dangling in the trunk.
You can choose one of four colors mirror housings, edging around the lights and the strips on the rear window – by the way, it is made of polycarbonate, you Can choose one of four colors mirror housings, edging around the lights and the strips on the rear window – by the way, it is made of polycarbonate, you Can choose one of four colors mirror housings, edging around the lights and the strips on the rear window – by the way, it is made of polycarbonate,the rear Seatbacks fold almost flat floor. The boot capacity is 410 litres with the spare wheel, and 520 l it
Clearance C3 Aircross increased by 20 mm compared with the ground clearance of C3 – out 175 mm. For the urban jungle, this is more than enough. Crossover, given its short overhangs, submit to any curb.
Urban “residence” C3 Aircross highlighted by the drive only on front axle and lack of protective Airbump pads on the side, which is “just” C3. Although protective plastic crossover, by definition, more important and necessary, the geometry is different. C3 Aircross closer to the sky than C3, 12 cm, and the usual hatch panel obviously would look alien to a higher body. Even optics it took him different: instead of three rows of head lighting (running lights – headlights – fog) C3 Aircross two of them. At the top, the same navigation lights, and just below the headlamps, with which the United and fog. Maybe it’s because when viewed from the front this car looks like a fun crew bathyscaphe?
The interior of the crossover differences from the S3 hatch not so much, but they are considerably. The dashboard is a plastic edging around the perimeter of sports cloth trim, making the cabin much more comfortable.
The salon is spacious and beautiful, the envy of most competitors in the class. Colorful inserts available, starting with the middle set.
At the door there is quite extraordinary, “suitcase” handles – this time the French have preferred a more traditional shape. And on the console of the C3 Aircross, unlike “just” C3, you can find round switch system Grip Control, the traction on the sole driving axle, depending on the type of coating. Not a replacement for all-wheel drive, of course, but at least something. Have monoperiodic competitors C3 Aircross such is not in sight.
“Couch” type seats are almost the same as the hatch and, perhaps, equally good. That infrequent case when design refinements are not contrary to convenience. Look at the broad flat backs of the front seats and begin to doubt whether it is convenient to the back. But as soon as I land in them, and doubts go away. Still convenient! And finish? Today, the French make some of the best fabric upholstery, it is extremely nice to look at and pleasant to the touch; a kind of antithesis of the rough fabric of German cars. Although I suspect that the clean up crushed the young Scion of the chocolate chip cookies from the “then” of this lovely material will not be so simple.
The steering wheel, the familiar hatchback S3, easy to grip and can be decorated with color – look at the bottom spoke, the Instrument panel is compact and easy to read. All the necessary tables – arrowhead-up display is available in 13 060 UAH only for the top-end configuration Shine, you Can even get wireless charging for smartphones for 3920 UAH. For basic version it is not available, the System precisely measures Grip Control traction on the drive axle depending on the type of coating
The rear seats can not only please the adjustable backrest, but also the opportunity to move back and forth. In the top configuration Shine this useful feature is available by default, and in the middle Feel for her, have to buy a package of “Family” already for 15 670 UAH, which includes front-passenger seat with backrest folding forward, and sun blinds for rear door Windows.
One and two
Petrol engines – a two. They are the same volume (1.2 l) and the number of cylinders (3), but differ in the absence or presence of the turbine and, consequently, power: 82 or 110 HP, Only the most powerful version of the engine combined with a 6-band gun. There is another diesel volume of 1.6 liters, but it is also “on the handle”.
So the choice of women, and indeed often get in traffic jams of citizens, I think, is obvious. Only throw to a base price nearly ninety thousand: at least for the C3 Aircross with automatic transmission need to give 547 700 UAH.
But you will not regret it. This transmission, well known in other PSA models, worthy of praise. Don’t slack when it switches imperceptibly changes the transmission quickly adapts to style of driving, in General, consists of almost all advantages. Except that when you start to mount the crossover on the machine begins to fall back, almost off the left pedal leg. Transfer it to the accelerator need fast, because your brakes at the start of the C3 Aircross no holds – he does not have such a system.
But there are many others. In addition to the standard ABS, ESP, brake assistant and traction control, this crossover offers something that at first and don’t expect from a car of this class.
The surprise, however, paid for most systems is optional and “Packed” in one of two packages. For example, the auto-brake system, recognition of speed limit signs and warnings about leaving his lane at the same time with cruise control, fatigue detection driver and adaptive far are pack Security, available for 10 450 UAH in the middle and top configuration.
But “Security” this is more for the tourist as five of the six useful except on a long journey. For example, cruise control is not adaptive, and therefore not suitable for the streets. As the recognition of road signs, limiting the speed limit. It almost always shows three significant lines on the saucer with a red border. But otherwise, if restrictive signs we have are more common on country roads than in the city? Fortunately, bright saucer can be removed from sight through the side menu.
Padding of the instrument panel with a cloth – maybe not the most practical, but very nice solution that adds comfortRear seats move forward and backward only in top configuration Shine; in the middle Feel they, too, can teach the trick, but for the moneythe Front seats remind pet sofa not only in form, but also by the comfort with which they adopt in the arms of the backCurtains on the rear door Windows is part of a package “Family”, which includes also front seat with folding backrest and rear sliding seat
The definition of driver fatigue in the city is also not true, automatically switch from low beam to long and back – but also for riding outside the settlements. The “switch” works very quickly, not very happy only the light is still halogen. The LEDs in the headlights C3 Aircross, alas, not to get even for a fee.
Only emphasized the “urban” part of the package “Security” is a system of automatic braking at speeds of 5-80 km/h. During the test a couple of times I tried neatly to provoke the car to use the brakes. But the maximum that was achieved is a warning of a possible collision. Maybe I was too careful?
The second package, called Park Assist will pull already on 16 980 UAH, but all of its components you can actually use in the city. The system of monitoring of blind spots makes it easier to rebuild from a number in a row, especially in the dark. Using the crossover in the rotation of the steering wheel upon arrival at the Parking space too, will not be as front Parking sensors and rear view camera – by the way, deserves separate words. Although the manufacturer declares modestly that the viewing angle is 180 degrees, the camera shows almost 360. It successfully simulates the operation of the system of the circular review, recording the image when the vehicle is moving backward, and then bringing it to a Central display. How it works, you can see in the test.
Such a smart camera can be purchased separately for 6 530 UAH, but only for the top-end configuration Shine. Only with her, by the way, is combined, and the Park Assist package.
Asphalt and soil
In the urban cycle, the onboard computer showed me 9.5 l per hundred – not so little, given the volume of the motor. But not so much when you take into account the temperament of the crossover. Despite the gun and the small volume of motor, 110-horsepower C3 Aircross is able to be nimble. It with admirable enthusiasm reacts on the accelerator, and not only in the sports mode automatic transmission. And yet she is still winter in which the car starts already in third gear.
This urban crossover is full of charm and, if you do not take him for a walk on bad roads, nothing seriously will not disappoint.
Turns this Citroen too excitedly, and rolls don’t bother you, although devoid of the stabilizer bar. Got rid of it due to the front suspension improved “McPherson”, but the improvements were limited to an additional third point of attachment of the lever. She also, according to the manufacturer, reduces the load on the rack. But the comfort of the “improved MacPherson” did not improve in any way on bad pavement the suspension C3 Aircross there is not enough power.
It jumps over humps of dirt road, this crossover is also not ready, although rugged terrain is given to him a little easier than expect from purely front-wheel drive car. The point system Grip Control, which allows to choose the optimal degree of slippage of the drive wheels depending on coverage: snow, mud, sand. Grip Control by default goes to top configuration Shine, and in the middle Feel are available as an option.
However, much of this crossover have succeeded in a typical “French” as the ability to make the audience to close their eyes to its shortcomings. The C3 Aircross is full of charm and, if you do not take him for a walk on bad roads, nothing seriously will not disappoint. But there to please will find plenty.
We thank the company “Citroen Ukraine” provided for a test car.
BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE NO. 04 2018