Citroen C3 Aircross

Two-tone Citroen C3 Aircross with white body and red roof.

The first thing to say about the C3 Aircross is that it is not a direct replacement for the C3 Picasso. Picasso is the name Citroen has used for its MPVs, many of which have been riotously successful – remember how popular the Xsara Picasso was back in the 1990s? Nowadays, however, MPVs are on their way out, and car buyers have realised that the only thing they would rather have than a world with lots of SUVs is a world with even more SUVs. Creating a new C3 Picasso…

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Citroen C3 PureTech 110 Flair

Static side view of Citroen C3 with two-tone paint and 17" diamond cut alloy wheels.

When the C3 came into view I happened to be standing beside a Ford Fiesta. The visual contrast between the two superminis was startling. Compared with the almost futuristic Citroen, the Fiesta looked like a car from a different age (which is almost true – despite various tweaks, Fiestas look about the same now as they did nearly ten years ago). I would have had a similar reaction if the car next to me had been a Vauxhall Corsa or, to a lesser extent, a Renault Clio. It helped that…

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Citroen C3

Frontal static shot of white Citroen C3 Flair with red roof and highlights.

A long time ago, Citroen was renowned for creating cars most other manufacturers would never have thought of. It’s difficult to imagine any other company building and selling, from the 1930s to the 1970s, such a trio of marvels as the Traction Avant (or Light Fifteen as it was known to British buyers), the 2CV and the DS. Towards the end of the 20th century Citroen seemed to want us all to forget it had been an innovator, but that policy has, happily, now been reversed. For evidence of that…

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Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl BlueHDi 100

Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl beside the sea with surfboard on the roof.

As the groovy dudes among you will already be aware, Rip Curl is a manufacturer of surf sportswear based, since its founding in 1969, in Torquay (the one in Australia, not the one in Devon). Furthermore – and here we find its relevance to a motoring website rather than one devoted to watersports – it has collaborated with Citroen to produce a special version of the C4 Cactus. Even without this antipodean involvement, the C4 Cactus is a fascinating car. Its most noticeable features are the Airbump panels; these soft…

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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso BlueHDi 150 Flair

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso on 18" wheels.

Like its smaller, five-seat, non-Grand equivalent, the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso went on sale in the UK in slightly updated form just over a fortnight before this review was published. If you’re familiar with large French MPVs you will already have spotted that this one has a new look at the front, mostly to maintain a family resemblance with other current Citroens, while inside there are four “design schemes”, all but the most basic new this year. There has been a more thorough upgrade to the infotainment system, which Citroen…

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