Autocar - - FIRST DRIVES - JB

Price £18,400 On sale Now What’s new? The most pow­er­ful petrol C3 Air­cross driven on UK roads for the first time CITROËN’S EN­TRY INTO the small SUV seg­ment looks fun, and has a fresh, quirky take on in­te­ri­ors that con­veys typ­i­cally French flair.

The driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, how­ever, leaves a lit­tle to be de­sired on UK roads. High lev­els of wind, road and engine noise com­bined with an­o­dyne steer­ing mean that the C3 Air­cross looks more fun than it ac­tu­ally is.

In 128bhp 1.2-litre Puretech petrol guise, the C3 Air­cross is nippy enough to hold its own, though – even if this ver­sion is a lit­tle less re­fined than its diesel coun­ter­parts.

Avoid the au­to­matic gear­box and head­room-killing panoramic sun­roof, and it’s as good as most other small SUVS, but no bet­ter.

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