Citroen expects the majority of C3 Aircross models to be sold in top-of-the-range Flair trim, but is combining it with the most powerful petrol engine a wise pairing?
The 1.2-litre PureTech here produces 130hp and 230Nm torque, equating to an increase in 20hp and 25Nm over the mid-range PureTech 110.
You also get a six-speed manual gearbox – rather than five, while the 0-62mph time drops from 11.3 seconds down to 10.4 seconds.
Unsurprisingly, this PureTech 130 has to work harder than it would in say, a smaller DS 3, but it does feel punchy enough in this compact crossover.
As with most vehicles in this sector, the steering is far too light to be involving, but this does make city driving and parking extremely easy. Some of the driver controls, however, better the C3 hatchback with a positive gearshift quality and better pedal weighting.
While the torquey BlueHDI 120 diesel might be the more relaxed and natural performer in a car this size, the Puretech 130 petrol is more refined and has a lower price in the first place compared to both diesel engines.
This saving will go towards the £20 road tax premium in the first year and lower claimed 53.3mpg.
Should I get the Techno Pack?
The head-up display that comes included may not be the largest on the market, but the quality of the screen makes up for it; with a decent level of clarity and contrast.
The wireless charging pad also included sits in place of the front central cupholders, but the larger ones moulded into the front door bins are more accommodating anyway. There’s also one behind the handbrake.
The upgraded HiFi audio system also included is punchy and provides a decent level of sound quality.
One more thing: if you’re a fan of the particular colour combination used here – out of the 85 available, this is the Soft Sand paint combined with the Spicy Orange roof.
Read the full review of the Citroen C3 Aircross at the link below: