To stand out is to be different and the Citroen C3 Aircross, a newcomer to the playground scattered with the more established Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V, is one such example.
The C3 Aircross is that new kid in class that shows up with its shirt hanging out, pencil tucked by the ear, chewing gum and is seated with legs rested on the table.
It’s a rebel with a “colourful exterior”, in a class full of well-groomed, plain clothed Japanese peers.
Although some might think the C3 Aircross is trying too hard, I’m sure there are quarters that would appreciate its vibrant looks and catchy-to-the-eye features. You may not buy one but you’d probably not shy away from checking it out either.
Unlike most stylish things which are only fun to use on occasion, as novelty, like that tight sequin dress that suffocates you, the C3 Aircross does come with a few good traits to go with its unconventional looks.
For what it lacks on the outside, like LED headlamps for one, the C3 Aircross more than makes up for it with an abundance of cabin space – the most profound observation you’ll have of the car from a segment that usually offers shoe box-like levels of roominess.
It’s hard to pick out significant shortcomings of the Aircross’ cabin, save for the lack of Android Auto connectivity and the different mechanisms to adjust the front seats; it’s a different environment to be in with more positive attributes than the negatives.
While the Japanese portray a dark, cold and subdued expression, this one just seeks attention through the air con vents and the colour scheme of the upholstery.
It’s all nice and pleasant but there were a few things that could irritate you. The gear lever movement for one could be more fluid and the same can be said about the infotainment system – it’s a little slow to react.
The most unfortunate of all though, is probably the manufacturer’s badge the C3 Aircross wears – it’s a Citroen. I’d like to believe that for what it offers, had it been a Honda, Mazda or Toyota, they would’ve had a hard time keeping up with the bookings but it’s not.
Is it compelling enough to at least pop by a dealership to have a look? On paper at least, absolutely.