Sis­ter act

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Mit­subishi ASX

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.

VER­DICT

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.

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