You’ll part with £13,995 for the most basic C3 Aircross Touch offered on the dealer forecourt, making it considerably cheaper than both an Arona (£16,555) and a Kona (£16,445) in entry-level specification. However, with respective outputs of 94bhp and 118bhp, the Seat and Hyundai are considerably more powerful than the 82bhp Citroën.
Standard equipment on Touch models is relatively sparse, though it includes DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, 16in steel wheels and automatic lights. The 82bhp petrol three-pot is also the sole engine choice at this level. Mid-spec Feel-specification cars (from £15,100) are likely to make up the bulk of Citroën’s sales, and come with 16in alloy wheels, a 7.0in colour touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and LED daytime-running lights.
Our test car came in top-flight Flair specification, meaning it gained 17in alloys, rear parking sensors, sat-nav and automatic air conditioning, to name a few additional features. Prices start at £18,090 at this level, although with options our test car came in at £20,490.
Residual value experts at CAP forecast that Flair-specification cars will retain 43% of their value following 36,000 miles of driving and 36 months of ownership, which isn’t outstanding. However, a top-spec Arona with a comparable 1.0-litre petrol will only hold out marginally better, at 46%.