Citroen C-Crosser

The C-Crosser is Citroen’s very first four wheel drive ‘soft roader’ and is produced in conjunction with Mitsubishi and Peugeot who are responsible for its sister models Outlander and 4007 respectively.

Citroen C-Crosser Car Review

The Citroen C-Crosser represents an excellent debut SUV for the French company. Faced with the reality of rising demand for so-called crossover vehicles, but having not built one before – they sought out experts in the field – Mitsubishi.

The upshot of this joint venture is the C-Crosser. Citroen has taken the Outlander and dramatically changed the look as well as the suspension making its SUV more suitable for European tastes and indeed roads.

In taking the shortcut into proven 4×4 know-how, Citroen has achieved the remarkable feat of coming up with a car that competes with the best in class.

The C-Crosser has lockable four-wheel drive, a roomy interior, five proper chairs and two jump seats, a flat boot floor and almost 1,700 litres of luggage space.

Practicality

The cave-like proportions of the Citroen C-Crosser make it extremely practical for a family’s needs. Use the car as a five-seater and you’ll discover loads of space in the cabin, while the two sections of the rear bench slide and recline individually. Access to the boot is good via a handy split tailgate.

Two more seats are stored under the boot floor – but really they should be reserved for emergencies as head and leg space are severely limited making them an option for small  children at best. Luggage space also goes out of the window when they are in place.

It is easy to achieve a comfortable driving position despite the fact that the steering wheel adjusts only for height rather than reach. This is because there is plenty of seat adjustment to compensate.

There is a high driving position that gives an excellent view of the road while the dashboard is neat and simple to use while all the switchgear is clearly marked and well placed.

Life Style

The Citroen C-Crosser strikes a good balance between comfort and performance. The cabin makes use of good quality materials which is enhanced by the graining and soft-to-the-touch finish on the dashboard.

There’s a quality look and feel to the instrument dials courtesy of aluminium surrounds and a striking contrast is provided by the black and silver finish.

A number of buttons, such as those for the stereo system, have been located on the steering wheel.

With 194g/km carbon dioxide emissions the C-Crosser should avoid the attentions of the green brigade while other SUVs are taking the flak.

And amazingly, if driven with a full complement of passengers, the C-Crosser actually makes sense as an environmentally sound choice of transport.

An average fuel economy figure of 38.4mpg isn’t bad for a car of this type – especially as the driver doesn’t have to drive like an angel to achieve it. However, as with most SUVs, tax and fuel will cost more than a conventional saloon or estate.

Security and Safety

The C-Crosser’s part or full-time all-wheel drive system gives plenty of grip in all conditions, while stability control on every model also gives extra confidence. Citroen ensures that all C-Crossers come with six airbags as standard.

An alarm, immobiliser and deadlocks are provided to keep your car safe from those who would seek to deprive you of your pride and joy.

The Finishing Touches

Even those buying the entry-level C-Crosser shouldn’t be disappointed with the amount of goodies Citroen shoe-horns into the car.

As well as the split tailgate and two extra seats, all models come with climate control, alloy wheels, cruise control and automatic headlamps. Exclusive models add larger alloy wheels, leather upholstery, an electric driver’s seat and xenon headlamps with power washers.

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