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Test: Citroen C4 Aircross – compact SUV

By Sheppard Wagar / Posted

French car makers are not just SUV specialist. So also served Citroen with its compact segment representatives of Japanese aid. Based on the Mitsubishi ASXin the last few months is the C4 Aircross have to. Problem is that the relationship of Nippon is significantly cheaper. The Frenchman can balance its price disadvantage?

Test: Citroen C4 Aircross   compact SUV

Citroen C4 Aircross picture front

If one of the Citroen and Mitsubishi together, probably the most accurate observer would not be able to see the genetic commonality. Even the external dimensions do not indicate, the Aircross with 4.34 meters, but a few inches longer than the ASX. The place, the designers have used for a completely independent body dress that fits precisely with the large double angular grille and the sleek LED daytime running lights in the current design language of Audi. Overall, the Aircross borders thus more dependent on its donors as part of the larger C-Crosser , the clearly identifiable based on the Mitsubishi Outlander and struggling with problems of acceptance has slightly.

Test: Citroen C4 Aircross   compact SUV

Citroen C4 Aircross picture interior

Inside saves the Aircross but an energetic sales movement. Arrangement and design of the controls are similar to the Japanese model. Only a few shimmering panels and chrome accents are designed to provide a bit more shine. The overall rather mediocre material appearance of the Mitsubishi can not be glossed over completely. Apart from that, the interior but quite convinced: vote space front and rear, handling and cargo space. 442 liters of luggage Citroen combines with full seating – enough not peak, but I assume most requirements.

Test: Citroen C4 Aircross   compact SUV

Citroen C4 Aircross picture rear

Under the bonnet of the test car , a 1.8-liter diesel engine works with 110 kW/150 hp. Although Citroen in its range has a similarly strong 2.0-liter engine, the engine comes in this case from Mitsubishi. The smoothness and refinement of his French counterpart the diesel engine is a bit grumpy but not approach. Even with power delivery and maximum pulling mediocrity is offered. The test consumption is 6.5 liters in the front-drive version in order. However, potential customers should definitely go to the alternative offered 1.6-liter diesel with 84 kW/114 hp from the house Citroen sample, which at least offers the paper values goes hardly inferior performance. And with lower (standard) consumption and a significantly lower price. Where the big diesel costs at least 29,790 euros, there is a small starting 25,990 euros. Even adjusted for equipment he is using 27,890 euro still noticeably cheaper.

Test: Citroen C4 Aircross   compact SUV

Citroen C4 Aircross picture side

This brings us to the price – where the Citroen must be measured again with the Mitsubishi. The C4 Aircross is available in the basic version (front-wheel drive, 86 kW/117 PS petrol) from 23,690 euros. For it is then, after all CD radio, air conditioning, trip computer and start-stop system to do so. Almost exactly the same features of the ASX will cost 18,990 euros but with almost 5,000 euros less. To compensate for the hefty premium offers Citroen especially another body design. Whether this bill comes up, is in the eye of the beholder.

Specifications – Citroen C4 Aircross HDi 150 2WD
Five-seat compact SUV with front-wheel drive, length: 4.34 meters Width: 1.80 meters Height: 1.63 meters, luggage compartment capacity: 442 liters
1.8-liter diesel engine, 110 kW/150 hp, six-speed manual gearbox, max. Torque 300 Nm, 0-100 km / h: 10.8 sec, Vmax: 200 km km / h, average fuel consumption 5.4 litres/100 kilometers, CO2 emissions 142 g /, efficiency class C, test consumption: 6.8 liters / 100 km
Price from € 29,790
Brief description – Citroen C4 Aircross
Alternative to : Peugeot 4008, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4
Goes with : Francophiles aesthetes who trust but rather Japanese technology
Looks good : at least has its own style


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