Citroen C4 Aircross can use the paddle shift to flick it up and down through six “steps” that function as gears.
It’s reasonably quiet once you’re up and running and the fuel use drops down quickly on cruise. We saw 7.1-litres/100km without really trying.
But CVT… we’re still not convinced and those slurring engine revs are fairly annoying.
The ride is controlled and in the comfort spectrum apart from some harshenss from the low profile rubber. You can push it a tad through corners but the limits are clearly defined. Besides, Aircross isn’t intended as a sporty vehicle.
It will, in 4WD variant, go some way off the road thanks to selectable 2WD (front), 4WD and 4WD lock mode. That’s all you need for mud, sand and gravel driving.
It seats five in relative comfort and has a decent load space expandable with 60/40 rear seats. The safety rating is five star.
Interesting one. The Citroen looks the part but options jack up the price and there’s the Citroen name that’s off-putting for some people. When it all comes out in the wash, a new Australian distributor due soon might get the price right, making this car a more attractive proposition.
* Contact local dealers for drive-away prices.