What is it?
Citroen’s decision to base its SUV on the Mitsubishi Outlander has come to its logical conclusion, with the arrival of a chevron-badged version of the 2.4i petrol Outlander, fitted with a CVT automatic transmission.
The company is happy to admit that the petrol C-Crosser will be of minority interest in the UK, but it reckons that buyers looking for an automatic gearbox (unavailable in the diesel C-Crosser), will be prepared to put up with the 30.4 mpg combined economy and 222g/km CO2 emissions.
On-paper performance is reasonable, with the engine’s 168bhp delivering a claimed 10.4 second 0-62mph time.
What’s it like?
With the obvious proviso that a petrol-powered Citroen SUV is going to appeal to an extremely small part of the market, the C-Crosser CVT delivers a suitably uneventful driving experience.
The drivetrain it feels pretty much identical to its Mitsubishi-badged sister – no surprise there – meaning that the engine needs to be revved hard to pull ahead of traffic, but at constant-speed cruising the gearing winds itself back to allow quiet progress.
The gearbox can also be switched into a very artificial-feeling ‘manual’ mode, in which the CVT shifts between six virtual ratios, but like all such systems it suffers from a pronounced slurring between speeds – and also from slow response times.
Other than that, the C-Crosser drives well enough. It’s easy to place on the road and can be persuaded to corner surprisingly hard for something with such a raised centre of gravity.
Barring badges and different trim colours and patterns, the interior is effectively identical to that in the Mitsubishi Outlander, including part-time third row seats suitable for children.
It’s well-finished and feels tough, but buyers will look in vain for the sort of quality touches displayed by upmarket rivals.
Should I buy one?
If you’re a member of the set-within-a-set that Citroen is targeting with the C-Crosser, you should give either it, or its effectively identical Outlander sister, serious consideration. And the one you buy will probably depend on which dealer offers the best deal.