The Citroën C4 Aircross offers a choice of powertrains. A two-wheel-drive version powered by the HDi 115 engine with six-speed manual gearbox emits just 119 g/km of CO2. If you need more power, an HDi 150 powerplant is available for the two- and four-wheel drive versions. And for those who prefer petrol, there’s the 1.6i 115 unit.
The Citroën C4 Aircross achieves the optimum trade-off between comfort and roadholding, with specially tuned suspension systems true to Citroën’s fine reputation. With its compact dimensions and long wheelbase, the car is remarkably nimble in all situations, even in town.
The Citroën C4 Aircross’s all-wheel-drive system gives optimum roadholding for safe and pleasurable driving.
The highly responsive transmission technology inputs information on driver demand, road conditions and vehicle speed, to permanently adjust and balance torque between front and rear wheels.
A la carte
Using a manual control just behind the gearshift, you can select between three transmission modes. Selection can be made even with the car in motion, and will depend on personal preference and road situation:
- Two-wheel drive (2WD) mode optimizes fuel consumption by reducing the number of moving parts (since only the front wheels are driven).
- Four-wheel drive (4WD) mode automatically adjusts torque between front and rear wheels.
- LOCK mode gives optimum drive for difficult conditions by increasing torque transmission to the rear wheels.
Citroën hallmark features
The Citroën C4 Aircross adds off-roader muscularity to the enviable elegance of a classic Citroën hatchback. It sports distinctively Citroën features such as vertical LED daytime lights (as on the DS 3 and C1).
The reverse shark-fin profile, inspired by the Hypnos concept car, features a chrome compass dial signifying membership of the Citroën SUV line.
The rear lamps derive from the Citroën C4 and, again, the Hypnos concept car.
Compact, robust styling
With its neat 4.34 m footprint, the Citroën C4 Aircross signs in as a true compact SUV. The highly distinctive outline is further enhanced by the car’s strong horizontal front, with aerodynamic slats, a trim-format bonnet, visible from the driver’s seat, wide wheel arches and short overhangs, to produce a strong impression of robustness and vigour.
Elegance and modernity
True to Citroën’s “Technologie” baseline, the C4 Aircross blends style and efficacy. Stage presence starts with the bold Citroën badge set against the wide chrome radiator grille at the front. Then the vertical daytime LED lamps, in aerodynamic recesses, ensure the car asserts its highly distinctive identity day and night.
The rear lamps features light guides, and there’s a reversing camera concealed in the chrome hatch trim. The lower body and hatch trims are also chromed, lending a further touch of refinement to the elegant rear, with its tinted glazing.
The Citroën C4 Aircross cockpit is a model of ergonomic design. The leather-covered steering wheel is height- and reach-adjustable, and hosts direct fingertip controls for the audio, cruise control and hands-free phone systems. All displays are optimally clear and intuitive.
The front seats (electric and heated, on option) provide excellent support and are fully adjustable (for height, length and inclination). Rear-seat passengers also enjoy comfortable seating with two-position inclination.
Citroën C4 Aircross is ingeniously architectured to pack a roomy interior into a compact exterior (at just 4.34 metres long). The wheelbase (2.67 m) is typical of vehicles in a higher category.
Boot capacity reaches up to 442 litres, and the highly practical rear seat unit folds down asymmetrically to offer readily free up additional loading space.
With its large panoramic sunroof, Citroën C4 Aircross offers sky views even in town. The sunroof has anti-ultraviolet treatment and a sequential electric cover. It makes for a superbly bright interior, contributing to the sensation of passenger wellbeing.
At night, the sunroof is illuminated by amber LED lightguides in the ceiling. And this interior ambience feature is dimmable down to zero.
The Citroën C4 Aircross boasts many handy storage compartments through the interior, sized and shaped to meet everyday needs. The capacious glovebox is lit and cooled.
The rear central armrest has two glass-holders, and the front armrest has a 12-Volt power outlet plus USB and audio connectors.
With its sound system designed by world-renowned audio specialists Rockford Fosgate®, Citroën C4 Aircross passengers enjoy lounge-like audio quality. Eight loudspeakers throughout the vehicle interior, plus a 25-cm bass cabinet and a 20-litre chamber in the left-hand part of the boot, deliver up to 710 Watts.
A digital signal processing system optimizes sound quality for all passengers.
The Connecting Box on the Citroën C4 Aircross includes a Bluetooth hands-free kit, for safe, practical phone use. The phone stays in the driver’s pocket or handbag, and is operated by speech recognition or preset commands.
The sound system’s audio streaming feature plays music from a compatible phone or audio player using Bluetooth technology, with no physical connection required. Alternatively, the car also has USB and audio connectors.
On the Citroën C4 Aircross, the rigid body structure absorbs and dissipates impact energy by applying controlled body deformation, to afford safety and highly effective protection for driver and passengers.
The body structure also contributes to the car’s precise dynamic response, for meticulous trajectory control regardless of road profile.
Driver support systems
Driver aids on Citroën C4 Aircross include ESP (with traction control), ABS, electronic brake distribution, hill-start assistance, and electronically controlled all-wheel transmission, for faultless drive and manoeuvrability in all situations.
The Citroën C4 Aircross can be fitted with the high-performance NaviDrive GPS navigation system, with 7-inch touchscreen and hard disk, for fast, quiet operation.
Along with map data, the hard disk can also store up to 10 GB of music, making it a music server holding up to 2,500 songs in MP3/WMA format. There is also a video player compatible with CD, CD-R, CR-RW and DVD video formats.
Hands-free access and startup
You can open and start the Citroën C4 Aircross without taking the key out of your pocket or handbag. To start or stop the engine, simply press the Start/Stop button.
And you lock the car up by pressing one of the pushbuttons, on the door or boot handles.
For trouble-free manoeuvring and parking, the Citroën C4 Aircross has a colour reversing camera, coupled with the NaviDrive satnav. The camera, concealed in the chrome hatch trim, switches on automatically when reverse gear is selected. The camera picture appears on the satnav screen radars, and works in conjunction with the car’s reversing radars.
The screen in the cockpit shows two green lines superimposed on the camera picture, showing the position the car will take up if reversed. A horizontal red line shows the space needed for opening the boot.
For the Citroën C4 Aircross design team, low environmental impact was a major priority from the outset. For example, initial design studies specified a rear lamp configuration that would optimize airflow to minimize CO2 emissions.
In line with Citroën’s environmental protection commitment, the Citroën C4 Aircross ranks among the best in its category for CO2 emissions. The HDi 115 version emits just 119 g/km in two-wheel-drive mode.
Stop&Start technology (except on the 2.0i 150 hp petrol version) stops the engine automatically when the vehicle comes to a standstill and the driver selects neutral, then starts it up again automatically when the driver presses the clutch pedal before selecting a gear.
The system is easy to use, and operates transparently, meaning the driver won’t even notice it in operation.
All C4 Aircross engine versions achieve creditable environmental performance too, since all implement an array of effective low-carbon technologies:
- A controlled alternator recovers energy during braking and deceleration, then uses this to reduce the power it needs to produce itself.
- Electric power steering consumes energy only when the steering wheel is actually moving.
- The compact, lightweight transmission system uses low-viscosity oil to minimize CO2.