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Citroen C3 Aircross as a used car - a mini SUV in top form?

How does the lively C3 Aircross look like a year-old car? What is recommended right now and what you should definitely pay attention to.

In the trendy mini-SUV segment, “stars” such as the VW T-Cross, the Audi A1 citycarver or the Seat Arona are in the spotlight. The Citroen C3 Aircross proves in a convincing way that the top dogs mentioned are not the only measure of all things among the city-friendly high-legged riders. With its dimensions of just 4.15 x 1.76 x 1.64 meters in length, width and height, the little Frenchman has in his current second generation has amazing skills. And not only when it comes to loading capacity, where between 410 and 1,289 liters can be stowed in the small C3 Aircross. Here it even outperforms the new Golf 8 and the Audi A1 Sportback. This moves the Citroen C3 SUV into the closer selection of customers who want a car with a convincing appearance and real added value. Can the second generation C3 Aircross also boast other qualities? Can it actually be a small SUV? Since the mini-SUV is currently very cheap even as an almost new used vehicle, it is worth taking a closer look. We test the smart French extensively.

Quality of Citroen C3 Aircross used vehicles

The ADAC professional testers compared the C3 Aircross to the Opel Crossland X, its SUV brother from the PSA group, in autumn 2018. And although the Crossland X outwardly gives the appearance of being the more practical SUV of the two, the C3 Aircross comes off better with the testers in most points: The elevated seating position and the slightly better suitability for the terrain are counted positively for the French mini-SUV in a direct comparison. Also at consumption, Smoothness and Suspension tuning the ADAC had words of praise left. What also speaks for the quality of the French city SUV is the full number of points in the Euro NCAP crash test that it received in 2017. The suspension and brakes of the C3 Aircross are solid. The former is less about sportiness and more about pleasant driving comfort. The C3 Aircross can even cope with bumps and offers superior suspension comfort for the small car segment. As for the brakes, this SUV doesn't have to hide from the competition either. From a practical point of view, this means that the brake system can convincingly master even high loads. You can also rely on the C3 Aircross in this area. The body makes a decent impression, even if it can move a lot on bad roads.

The engines of the C3 Aircross 2019: advantages and disadvantages

The Citroen C3 Aircross is a specialist for the city and the surrounding area. All-wheel drive is not available, but powerful engines that are at least 102 hp and have consistently received very good marks for consumption and environmental compatibility. One point of criticism: If you want to buy or lease a used Citroen C3 Aircross 2019, you should look out for a model with a higher equipment line. Because the basic model with the nickname "Live" is only available with the 110 hp to have strong petrol. With the somewhat more powerful basic diesel engine 120 hp was already available in 2019 only from the higher-quality equipment line "Feel". And the particularly powerful petrol version too 131 hp even from the “Shine” line. Certainly a very attractive engine that has been available with automatic transmission since October 2019.

And how does the Citroen C3 Aircross drive in its current second generation? All engines have one thing in common: their driving behavior is not designed for sportiness, but for a comfortable driving experience, which, however, goes perfectly with the desired lifestyle feeling of a mini SUV. The rather loose alignment is also reflected in the particularly soft suspension. The 131 PS petrol engine in particular meets the requirements of a modern, small-format SUV in every respect. He has more than enough power to offer adequate pulling power despite the relaxation mentioned. No question: with the top petrol engine, the C3 Aircross puts you in a good mood, not least thanks to the early torque of 230 Nm.

The equipment of the Citroen C3 Aircross 2019: "Live", "Feel", "Shine" and "Origins"

The C3 Aircross is used with the Equipment lines "Live", "Feel" and "Shine" available. In addition, as Special edition Citroen C3 Aircross "Origins". In mid-2019, the French manufacturer concluded that 60 percent of customers opted for the highest level of equipment, "Shine". This can also be well understood in that both the basic equipment "Live" and the higher-quality line "Feel" are still missing some important features that belong to the series standards of "Shine". The comparison with the basic equipment "Live" shows the very considerable difference.

Citroen C3 Aircross "Live" - ​​The basic model

The basic model C3 Aircross "Live" offers a manageable number of equipment features. That includes Audio system (included Bluetooth and USB), electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors as well as that Tire pressure monitoring system. Furthermore the Speed ​​regulatorand limiters, a Light sensor, the lane assistant and the Traffic sign recognition.

Compared to some of its market rivals, that is certainly not a small amount. Especially when you consider that it often costs an extra charge there. However, there are still some extras that make the Citroen C3 Aircross a real comfort SUV.

Citroen C3 Aircross "Feel" - a little more, but not quite perfect

Front and rear bumpers with an off-road look, the Connect radio included 17 inch touchscreen and a air conditioning. In addition the "Color package“With brilliant black roof rails and exterior mirrors. These are the extended features of the higher equipment line "Feel". What makes it look a bit poor, however, is the lack of elements that are actually fundamental at this level, such as electric windows, parking aids or fog lights. “Feel” is therefore only convincing to a limited extent. Only the highest equipment line “Shine” can fill this gap.

Citroen C3 Aircross "Shine" - The optimum of the mini-SUV series

If you attach particular importance to driving and operating comfort, technical finesse and a little more chic, the top line "Shine" is recommended. Everything that the C3 Aircross has to offer is in here. In addition to the features from “Live” and “Feel” already mentioned: The intelligent one Lane Assistantwho just missed electric windows for front and rear as Fog lights with static cornering lights, a Auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a sensor-based Parking aid for the rearwhich, like the window regulators, is part of the “City Package” supplied. The Exterior mirrors are also electrically foldable, and inside take care of the Climate control and the special tinting of rear and side windows for pleasant conditions. Particularly noteworthy is the navigation system CITROËN Connect NAV DAB + with touchscreen and 3D displays. Finally, the appearance of the C3 Aircross “Shine” is rounded off by 16-inch “Matrix” design type alloy wheels in black and silver. No question about it, this edition of the city SUV has almost everything you could want in this category in terms of comfort, safety and assistance. Plus a pinch of luxury.

Citroen C3 Aircross “Shine” 2019: In MeinAuto used car leasing for 119 euros a month

25,045 eurosThis is the new price for a Citroen C3 Aircross with the “Shine” equipment line, which is currently available for leasing from MeinAuto as an almost new year-old car. And even in the Top engine equipment, with the 131 hp strengthen PureTech 130 S&S. For 119 eurosin the month this excellently equipped mini-high leg can be driven - with a running time of 36 months. The mileage is on annually 10,000 kilometers set - downright ideal for a city SUV like the C3 Aircross. And if you particularly like it, you can extend its use. And don't worry: there are no hidden costs lurking here.

Conclusion: A city SUV Citroen C3 Aircross with the standard top equipment "Shine" and extremely draft-friendly 131 PS easily outperforms many competitors and, as a young used vehicle from 2019, has lost almost nothing of its topicality. On the contrary: the technology is state-of-the-art, the funky look anyway. And there is no doubt about other advantages such as its ample charging potential. What already convinced the ADAC professionals in 2018 is also characteristic of the C3 Aircross in the long term: adequate fuel consumption, smoothness and chassis set-up. That makes the C3 Aircross a perfect companion for the city and beyond.

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Citroen C3 Aircross 2019: dimensions and technical data

  • Length x width x height: 4.15 x 1.76 x 1.60 - 1.64 meters
  • Wheelbase: 2.60 meters
  • Luggage compartment / total loading volume: 410 - 1,289 liters
  • Empty weight: 1,200 - 1,487 kg

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