CCT100 2019 Compact Crossover of the Year – Citroen C3
Citroen’s baby crossover retained the Company Car Today CCT100 Compact Crossover of the Year title it won in 2018, thanks to a suite of practicality, keen pricing, great engines, efficiency, stylish looks and good operating costs; a powerful combination for a company car in a segment that is rapidly growing both in terms of sales volumes and number of competing models.
Many of those competitor products are styled as mini-me versions of larger existing models, where there’s little individuality, but the C3 Aircross avoids that, and continues to stand out despite the arrival of a bigger brother in the form of the C5 Aircross; the larger car has more than enough of its own style despite sharing design cues and a number of family features with the double CCT100 Award-winning C3 Aircross.
The car’s boot space is a key strength, with a huge 410-520–litre capacity, depending on the position of the sliding rear seat bench. Better still, that doesn’t come at the expense of interior space, while the cabin is as characterful as the exterior, especially with the optional contrast roof colour of the top-spec trim, and the optional colour style packs that add neat highlights to lift the looks.
On top of all that, there’s plenty of quality when you delve deeper, with the C3 Aircross as good on paper as it is in the metal. It is priced incredibly competitively, seriously undercutting its main rivals, and emissions figures are impressive across the board, making for low running costs and company car BiK.
The little crossover comes in a choice of Touch, Feel and Flair trim levels, with the entry Touch offered only with the cheapest engine choice – the 82hp petrol. There are four engine options: three 1.2-litre petrol alternatives of 82hp, 110hp and 130hp, the middle of which is also available with the six-speed EAT automatic transmission as well as the six-speed manual. As for diesel, there’s a 100hp BlueHDI diesel that gets the car down to 105g/km; petrol emissions start at 109g/km for the 110hp engine.
Although not a four-wheel-drive car, something true for pretty much every rival, the C3 Aircross can offer a higher degree of off-road ability than most in the class thanks to the optional Grip Control system that offers snow, mud, sand and ESP-off settings for increased traction, as well as the Hill Descent Assist system for greater security in tricky terrain.
The Citroen also has up to 12 safety and driver assistance systems, depending on trim level, including Active Safety Brake, Speed Limit Recognition/Recommendation, Park Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring System and Driver Attention Alert.