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BabyDrive Verdict

The Citroen C3 Aircross is a small five-seater SUV; it's a rather different and funky looking little thing and I was keen to see how family-friendly a small car like this can be. Let's find out how good it is as a BabyDrive…

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The C3 Aircross is very different design-wise. Both inside and out there are things we are not used to. The first thing that struck me was the lack of cup holders!? There are none in the front… WHAT!!! I know in France coffee is to be enjoyed sitting down in a cafe not guzzled on the go but in Australia, we tired mums need our caffeine! There is one holder in the back of the central console so I had my traveller in there all week but had to be careful my little girl didn't kick it!

Storage was very minimal throughout the C3 Aircross as there is no central console storage box and no glasses case in the ceiling. Instead in the front, you have a cordless phone charging well, very small glove box, door bins that hold a large refillable water bottle and a shelf in the dash.

In the back storage is minimal too. There are no map pockets and no fold-down armrest with cup holders. Instead, you have a single cup or bottle holder and door bins that will hold a large refillable water bottle.

Now for the gear lever and hand brake. Why oh why in this day and age do we have a hand brake that is so big it takes up the entire space where a central console box should be? Especially when in most cars now it is reduced to a button the size of a dollar coin!? The gears are also very clunky to use and like the handbrake, it makes the C3 Aircross feel rather old fashioned.

The rear seats are so flat, deep and wide, I was sure that three child seats were going to fit.

But I was surprised to find I could only fit two child seats in the back and I couldn't sit between them. A 180cm driver could just fit in front of a rear-facing child seat but probably wouldn't want to drive long distances.

The boot is where the C3 Aircross excels. The boot floor drops down around 10cm, which is a lot for a small SUV and this allows a tandem stroller to fit in the boot, with both the parcel shelf in place and shopping in the boot.

The lower boot floor also meant when twin strollers are standing up in the boot you can still see out of the rear windscreen when driving.

The media system in the Citroen C3 Aircross does feel a bit basic and has a frustrating delay when you press the screen that can make you think you haven't pressed it as we are used to technology being much faster. It does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which is great.

The reversing camera image is quite small but it has a handy birdseye image too which helps with parking and maneuvering. Visibility out of the windows is also good in the C3 Aircross.

The Citroen C3 Aircross reminds me of a little van to drive; it is actually quite noisy, the engine's quite revvy and the gear lever is clunky and I found it quite difficult to use. Saying that, it is an endearing little car that is characterful with its mock-Venetian blind details on the rear side windows and funky design features.

The Citroen C3 Aircross gets a five-star EURO-NCAP safety rating (that's Europes version of ANCAP) and has six airbags as standard.




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