Another take on the Mitsubishi Outlander, this time from the double-chevron
9 February 2007

You've seen the new Mitsubishi Outlander and the Peugeot 4007; now meet the Citroen C-Crosser, the double-chevron's clone of the co-developed crossover SUV. Identical in all but styling details to the Mitsubishi Outlander and Peugeot 4007, the C-Crosser offers a five-plus-two seating layout, with the option of folding second and third rows, and – for the first time with a Citroen – it'll have respectable off-road ability too. Like the 4007, Citroen's C-Crosser is powered exclusively by a 156bhp 2.2-litre HDi diesel engine, which is widely regarded to be a better motor than Mitsubishi's VW-sourced 2.0-litre oil-burner. However, Mitsubishi's Outlander will get the same 2.2 later this year. Inside, the C-Crosser is differentiated from its Peugeot and Mitsubishi siblings only by superficial details. Seat and fascia trims will be unique to it, but the basic cabin design and componentry will be shared.All three of the PSA-Mitsubishi siblings use a six-speed manual transmission, and all feature a two-wheel-drive on-road option, electronically-controlled four-wheel-drive system that provides four-wheel drive when it's required, and a 'lock' override setting for more serious off-roading. On price, size and suitability to mud-plugging, it's likely to be comparable to Honda's new CR-V, Nissan's X-Trail and Hyundai's Santa Fe. Like the 4007, the C-Crosser will arrive in showroom this summer, months later than the Mitsubishi Outlander, which goes sale in March. One thing it will have on its side is price; a Citroen spokesmen told Autocar that the car is 'likely to start at around £19,000,' – which is cheaper than the Outlander by the price of a decent satellite nav system.

Our Verdict

Citroën C-Crosser SUV

Citroën’s first foray into the SUV world makes a competent all-rounder

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