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Want to give to charity but short on cash? Think you are getting a raw deal on your broadband? Citroen’s original family utility car — the legendary 2CV — was designed to be a simple, low-cost vehicle that would carry a farmer, his wife, two children and a basket of eggs across a ploughed field. Allies, putting it on display at the 1948 Paris Motor Show, when it became an international hit. Citroen’s new C3 Aircross could make a fair claim to being its 21st-century spiritual heir. 19,720, with first deliveries from November. I drove it this week on and off-road across the island of Corsica, Napoleon Bonaparte’s birthplace.
It has real character and lives up to its three trim levels: Touch, Feel and Flair. It has chunky exterior styling with splashes of colour and fabric interiors that wouldn’t look out of place in a furniture store. The car drives well and engagingly with a high riding position giving good visibility. Car insurance costs accelerate 14.
And it is the first new Citroen in which the firm’s first female and British global boss linda Jackson has had a hand from beginning to end. It’s very nimble and agile on the road with precise steering around tight mountain bends and plenty of grip for a small family car designed to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka. The 3-cylinder petrol model lacked a bit of oomph on the steeper inclines unless switched to manual mode. Colour highlights emphasise the interior air vents and exterior rear lights, as well as the roof rails. Tactile fabric interiors include hounds-tooth and subtle greys give an upmarket feel.
Plenty of space in the back, a big flexible boot, 60:40 split fold down seats and no shortage of cubby holes and places to store and wirelessly charge your smart-phone, or stash your knick-knacks like keys and loose change on a rubberised shelf. A special family pack adds useful extra practical and safety features including a fold-flat front passenger seat and forward collision alert. P’ for Park – because the illuminated guidance behind the gear lever is tiny. And the front seat adjusters pressed quite tightly up against the door making it hard to manipulate.