The reason Citroën believes that the C-Crosser justifies its premium over the Outlander is its specification and, on paper, it clearly has a point. The C-Crosser Exclusive has almost everything you’d want (except standard-fit sat-nav) from a Freelander-level SUV, including cruise and climate control, leather, rear parking sensors and a steering wheel that adjusts for height but, curiously, not reach.
Those opting for the standard VTR+ model are also well catered for on equipment, if not overall quality. Standard kit includes Bluetooth and MP3 connectivity, cruise control, electric windows and mirrors, and climate control.
The C-Crosser should be fairly light on the pocket once you’ve made the plunge. On average, it returned 29.2mpg on test, with a best of 39.6mpg. That gives a real-world touring range of about 385 miles. Officially, the manual C-Crosser is claimed to return 42.2mpg on the combined cycle, the automatic offering a claimed 40.9mpg.
Insurance isn’t cheap (group 37) but then you won’t get hammered by company car tax like you will with many other SUVs, thanks to the relatively low 175/km emissions rating in the manual car, which rises to 180g/km in the automatic. That means it sits in VED band H (manual) or I (auto).