C3 Crossover

Citroen's little crossover has a useful cabin. It's more individual than many of the mini-crossover crop, and more comfortable too. As a family car for urban and suburban use, the Aircross makes is. 1-inch (25 mm) Silk Dome TweetersThe silk dome tweeter is prized by audiophiles for delivering realistic, non-fatiguing, high-frequency performance.The C3 component tweeters are built with 1-inch silk dome diaphragms that deliver powerful, extended response, on and off axis. Flush-mounting and surface-mounting fixtures are included to fit a wide variety of installation needs. They can also be. Until now; it’s replaced the C3 Picasso with the C3 Aircross, and joined the crossover party – just in time to meet new rivals including the Seat Arona, Kia Stonic and Hyundai Kona.

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The Citroën C3 Aircross is the French brand’s entrant into the small SUV market. After all, as a car-maker you’d have to be a couple of baguettes short of a boulangerie to ignore the popularity of this lucrative vehicle class.

Citroen C3 Crossover

The model is cheaper, higher-riding and visually quirkier than the manufacturer's impressive C4, and uses the same range of frugal engines as its small hatchback, the C3. The C3 Aircross still has its work cut out, though, with rivals including the sharp-handling Seat Arona, the surprisingly spacious Skoda Kamiq and a former What Car? Car of the Year, the Ford Puma.

Indeed, while small SUVs used to be the very definition of style over substance, there are now plenty that are great buys – as long as you’re not looking for something that’s rugged enough to rescue Ray Mears (most are two-wheel drive, including the C3 Aircross).

In this review, we’ll look at everything from what it’s like to drive and how practical it is for day-to-day use to how good its safety equipment is and how much it will cost to run. Plus, we’ll let you know how it compares with the likes of those rival cars, the Puma, Arona and Kamiq, and which engines and trims make most sense.

If at the end you decide that a small SUV is right for you, be sure to go to our free New Car Deals buying section to see how much you could save on a new Citroën C3 Aircross – or indeed any other make and model of vehicle you desire.

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Number of trims4see more
Number of engines3see more
Available fuel typesWhich fuel is best for you?diesel, petrol
MPG range across all versions47.3 - 67.2
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£1,038 /£1,400
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£2,076 /£2,800

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Citroën C-Crosser
ManufacturerMitsubishi Motors
Also calledMitsubishi Outlander (second generation)
Peugeot 4007
AssemblyJapan: Okazaki (Mitsubishi Motors Nagoya Plant)
Russia: Kaluga (PCMA Rus)
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV (C)
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive
PlatformMitsubishi GS platform
Engine2.4 L Mitsubishi 4B12I4 (petrol)
2.2 L DW12turbo I4 (diesel)
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed dual-clutch
Wheelbase2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Length4,645 mm (182.9 in)
Width1,805 mm (71.1 in)
Height1,715 mm (67.5 in)
Kerb weight1,750 kg (3,858 lb)
PredecessorCitroën Méhari
Citroën FAF
SuccessorCitroën C4 Aircross

The Citroën C-Crosser is a compact crossover SUV launched in July 2007,[1] designed for the French manufacturer Citroën, and produced by Mitsubishi on the basis of the Outlander. The equivalent Peugeotbadge engineered version was the 4007.

It was expected that the car would be named the C7, but in October 2006, it was announced that it would be called the C-Crosser. The C-Crosser took its name from the four-wheel drive concept car that Citroën first displayed in the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show.[2][3] The C-Crosser was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2007.

Together, the 4007 and C-Crosser were the first Japanese produced cars sold under any French brand. They had been planned to be assembled, for Europe, in the factory that was built in the 1960s to assemble DAFs, now Mitsubishi's Nedcar plant in Born, Netherlands,[4] but this was postponed indefinitely, due to slow sales of the models.[5]

From 2011, they were assembled at the Russian PSA Peugeot Citroën/Mitsubishi joint venture factory in Kaluga.[6] In March 2012, production of the C-Crosser ended, and it was replaced by the C4 Aircross. By the end of production, only 2,050 units had been sold.


The second and third row of seats can be folded away to provide a flat floor, and an expanded load capacity for the boot. The rear two seats can be completely hidden away under the floor, while the second row of seating, slides to offer greater leg room or boot space, features a 60:40 split/fold function that is operated via electric controls in the boot.

This allows for the car to be used for both sporting, and also for transporting groups of up to seven people, including the driver. This is similar to the seating arrangement in the current Citroën C4 Picasso, which also offers the capability of seating seven persons.

Engines and transmissions[edit]

  • Diesel (PSA)
    • 2.2 L DW12 HDiturbodieselstraight-4, 156 PS (115 kW; 154 hp) and 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft)
  • Petrol (not available in all markets)
    • 2.4 L 4B12 DOHC 16 valve MIVECI4, 170 PS (125 kW; 168 bhp) (same engine as the Outlander)[7]

The C-Crosser’s integral transmission allows drivers to have a choice of three settings, dependent on road conditions and driving style: two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, and a lock setting designed for low grip conditions. Ensuring an optimum blend of comfort, road holding, and off road capability. All these transmissions are selectable using the control behind the gear lever.

Rear view

Sales and production[edit]

YearWorldwide ProductionWorldwide salesNotes
20108,600[8]8,500[8]All 2010 production took place at the Okazaki facility.[8]
20117,135[1]7,460[1]Total production reaches 45,430 units.[1]
20122,300[9]3,300[9]Total production reaches 47,800 units.[9]


  1. ^ abcd'PSA Annual Report 2012'(PDF). Car manufacturers. PSA. Retrieved 16 April 2013.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^'Car News: the latest motoring news - BBC Top Gear - BBC Top Gear'. Topgear.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  3. ^'Citroën C- Crosser · Novedades · Motor · Autopista · Terra' (in Spanish). Motor.terra.es. 2006-10-26. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  4. ^'Mitsubishi Motors' European production hub (Nedcar) celebrates its 40th anniversary'. Automotoportal.com. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  5. ^'What next for Mitsubishi's NedCar and Normal plants?'. Automotive World. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  6. ^'PSA in Russia'(PDF). Mediacenter.psa-peugeot-citroen.com. Retrieved 2012-09-26.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^Tan, Paul. 'Citroën C-Crosser now with 2.4L 4B12 engine'. Paultan.org. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  8. ^ abcde'Engine specs from PSA Peugeot Citroën'(PDF). Creator and designer. PSA Peugeot Citroën. Archived from the original(PDF) on 5 June 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  9. ^ abc'Memento Mars 2013' (in French). PSA Peugeot Citroën. 21 February 2013: 50. Retrieved 31 July 2013.Cite journal requires journal= (help)[permanent dead link]

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