New Citroen C3 Aircross: squidgy crossover facelifted

Published: 11 February 2021

► 2021's C3 Aircross update
► New angry face, squishy seats
► First deliveries in June 2021

Citroen has updated its C3 Aircross crossover for 2021. Most noticeably, that chubby-cheeked and rounded face of the original has been replaced by something a little more Predator-like.

It’s not just the face that’s changed, though, so read on for what else is new.

It’s angry now!

Yeah, just a bit. Clearly Citroen designers are a little bit bored of making squircles and rounded edges giving the effect of quirky softness and wanted to do something with a little more aggression.

It’s the same story as the updated C3 – sharper lines, more cross-referencing between other Citroen models like the new C4 and some cues from the wild CXperience concept. New grille patterns skid plates and wheelarch shapes feature, too. You can still customise it with different roof colours and graphics for the C-pillar window.

C3 aircross 2021 front offroad

It’s still roughly the same inside, design-wise. But Citroen has added in its latest Advanced Comfort seats from the larger C5 Aircross, plonked in a larger nine-inch infotainment screen and added some extra storage cubbies. The rear seat bench can be slid fore or aft, boosting boot space from 420 litres to 510 litres.

Give me some tech specs…

It’s very much the same as before here: a 1.2-litre turbochaged PureTech petrol making 108 or 127bhp and a 108bhp diesel. Despite being front-wheel drive only, the C3 Aircross can be specced with GripControl – an advanced traction control system that reacts better to different terrain types – and hill descent control, too.

C3 aircross 2021 interior

Unlike the new Vauxhall Mokka, or Peugeot 2008, there’s no electric variant, despite the three cars sharing some componentry. That’s because the C3 Aircross, like the regular C3 and even the Vauxhall Crossland, use (former car group) PSA’s older PF1 platform, rather than the up-to-date CMP that allows electric variants.

When can I get one?

UK prices are to come, but don’t expect them to change massively from the pre-facelift. They’ll be in dealers from June 2021.

Read our Citroen reviews here

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches