Choosing the right Citroen model

24 September 2019

There are three key considerations that most drivers make when selecting their new car: space, technology and performance for the driver and passengers. If you’re tempted by a Citroen but haven’t worked out which model will suit you best, this is the article for you as we compare the following Citroen models:

● Citroen C1
● Citroen C3
● Citroen C3 Aircross
● Citroen C5 Aircross
● Citroen C4 Cactus
● Citroen Berlingo
● Citroen C4 Space Tourer


How much room does each car offer?

Whether you want to upsize your vehicle to accommodate more people or you’re downsizing your car for a smaller version, there’s a Citroen model for you.

The Citroen C1 is a four-seater hatchback and the smallest of the seven Citroen models we’re comparing here. Its diminutive size - it’s just 3.47m long - makes it perfect for squeezing into small parking spaces or nipping between gaps on city roads. If you only need to throw a few bags of shopping or smaller items of luggage into the boot, the 196 litre volume should be plenty.

The Citroen C3 is a slightly bigger version of the C1 and it comes with five seats and a 300 litre boot which is accommodated by the car’s additional 50cm in length and 20cm in width. Scale up to the Citroen C3 Aircross and you get a SUV version of the C3 providing you with a lot more space as the length jumps to 4.15 metres with an additional 110 litres of boot volume (410l in total).

For a larger SUV-style Citroen, take a look at the Citroen C5 Aircross. This car offers five seats and the second largest boot volume of the seven models at 670 litres which is made possible by the car’s 4.5m length and 2.1m width. Next on the list is the Citroen C4 Cactus. This five-seater hatchback is slightly shorter than the C5 Aircross at 4.17m long and the boot volume is also reduced at 358 litres.

If you need to chauffeur more passengers around than these five-seaters will hold, the seven seat Citroen C4 Space Tourer could be exactly what you’re looking for. Measuring in at 4.60m, this is only slightly longer than the Citroen C5 Aircross. However, the difference with this vehicle is that the boot space is given over to seating providing 165 litres of trunk volume.

Not too worried about being able to take lots of passengers and more interested in having a bigger boot? Then take a look at the Citroen Berlingo which offers a cavernous 775 litres as well as five seats. This model isn’t overly long at 4.40m but it is the widest of all seven of the Citroen models creating a square shape that makes it easy to carry large items and bulky luggage.


What are the standout technology features in each Citroen car?

As one of the cheaper models, the Citroen C1 provides basic in-car entertainment with a DAB digital radio, seven inch touch drive interface and a reversing camera. Next in terms of tech is the Citroen C4 Cactus which provides the same advantages as the C1 except the radio upgrades to a RDS radio-MP3 player with six speakers instead of four. The rear camera is swapped out for rear parking sensors and cruise control with speed limiter is also added.

The Citroen C3 provides the same features as the C1 plus a mirror screen with MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay, two additional speakers and more driver assistance features like cruise lane control and lane departure warning systems.

The Citroen C3 Aircross provides all the features of the C3 plus sat nav on the touch screen, 12 volt sockets in the front and rear plus the same driver assistance features and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert and a top mounted rear vision reversing camera.

Similarly, the Citroen C4 Space Tourer provides a range of safety tech like reversing cameras, speed limiting technology, intelligent headlights, adaptive cruise control and parking assistance/self parking. It also offers on-board digital tech including sat nav, a connect box and mirror screen to make sharing information across platforms easy.

The technology steps up a gear with the Citroen C5 Aircross which includes a smartphone charging plate, bluetooth phone capability, USB sockets, voice recognition and an eight inch screen amongst other tech. Driving assistance also includes a long list of enhanced safety features like active blind spot monitoring.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Citroen Berlingo’s technology is as functional as the car itself. Yes, it has bluetooth phone capability, an eight inch touchscreen monitor, DAB digital radio with six speakers, mirror screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and MirrorLink. However, the driver assistance is more basic including a gear shift indicator and programmable cruise control.


How does each model perform?

When it comes to power, the Citroen C1 is the slowest in the 0-62mph race at 14 seconds. However, this car isn’t about raw power; it excels in offering great mileage - around 59mpg depending on engine size and fuel.

The Citroen C3 also offers good mileage (over 50 mpg combined for all the engine sizes available on Tusker’s platform) over particularly fast acceleration. And the Citroen C3 Aircross is similar although it offers slightly fewer miles per gallon.

The Citroen C4 Cactus drops below the 10 second barrier in the 0-62mph test and balances more power with mileage of 50mpg plus depending on fuel and engine size. Despite its scale, the Citroen C4 Space Tourer also provides solid mileage between 47mpg and 58mpg based on fuel choice and the engine’s size. And it’s almost as fast as the Citroen C4 Cactus when it comes to speed off the mark.

Should you choose space in the form of the Citroen Berlingo, you’ll forgo acceleration, particularly in the models with smaller engines. However, depending on fuel choice, the Berlingo’s miles per gallon hover around the 50mpg range.

The Citroen C5 Aircross has one of the widest miles per gallon ranges from around 40mpg to the mid-fifties, again depending on your choice of petrol or diesel and engine size. Select one of the larger engines and the 0-62mph acceleration drops to just over eight seconds, making it one of the more powerful cars in the Citroen range.

Whether you’re up or downsizing, looking for more tech or you simply need more room for longer journeys, Citroen has something for everyone, login to your account and find out what we have to offer.

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