REVIEW COMPANY CAR TODAY.CO.UK 31 FINAL REPORT Our time with the Citroen C3 Aircross is at an end, and it’s fair to say the overall impression of the car is a positive one, albeit one tainted by annoying details. The fundamentals are absolutely spot on. The C3 Aircross is easy to get into and out of, there’s a good amount of cabin space once you’re in there, and the boot is a reasonable size. The engine is also pretty sweet, revving smoothly and offering a decent amount of performance. The gearshift was easy enough to operate, and touches such as the underfloor area in the boot were welcome, as was the overall sense of refinement. However, there were foibles. The central touchscreen operates too many functions, so something as simple as changing the cabin temperature is actually an overly complex process. Also, the fact that the lane-departure warning engages every time the car starts, no matter that you’re nowhere near a motorway, is deeply infuriating, although a common complaint. Average economy of 39.9mpg wasn’t quite as high as we’d hoped, and there wasn’t quite enough stowage space around the cabin for what is a machine aimed at family buyers. Still, the back seats were adjustable, and folded down to leave a completely flat area when needed, while the overall look of the car was superb, especially in our bright orange hue. As we said, lots of positives, just let down by a couple of little details. Euan Doig INTRODUCTION Honda is no stranger to the hybrid market, so it should come as no surprise that the latest version of the CR-V, introduced at the start of this year, is now offered as a self-charging petrol-electric hybrid. The hybrid element means company car drivers can now have a family SUV with one of the most competitive benefit-in-kind tax positions going. The 120g/km emissions figure is already better than most diesel adversaries’, which incur a 4% penalty. For this tax year, the CR-V comes in with a 28% tax band. Fuel consumption is where the Honda could struggle. Its official figure of 40.9mpg is some way behind diesel rivals’. But as we’ve said before, petrol is a lot cheaper than diesel these days and it could be that the CR-V costs less per mile. Over the next six months we’ll find out. Tristan Young HONDA CR-V 2.0 HYBRID SR 2WD ● On sunny days, the auto lights keep flicking themselves on and off every few seconds. If I’d had the car longer, a dealer tripwould have been undertaken. ● Hot days caused a great deal of loudwhining and wheezing fromunder the bonnet, as though the alternator and air-con systems were struggling to copewith the demand. TESTER’S NOTES Citroen’s C3 Aircross hits the spot from a design persepctive Lights flicked on and off on sunny days SPECS P11D: £17,190 OFFICIAL COMBINED MPG: 58.9mpg OUR COMBINED MPG: 39.9mpg CO 2 : 109g/km CITROEN C3 AIRCROSS 1.2 PureTech 110 Feel Will hybrid be efficient enough?