Citroën C4 Aircross Diesel – new meaning of fresh air

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Citroën has added a front-wheel drive turbodiesel derivative to its C4 Aircross range, giving consumers the opportunity to experience fuel consumption as low as 4.6 litres per 100 km and emissions of just 119 grams per kilometre. So whether it’s your pocket or the environment you want to save, with a C4 Aircross 1.6 HDi Seduction you can do both.

The newcomer to the line-up, priced at just R339 900, can multi-task in other ways too: It’s a high-riding compact crossover with 200mm ground clearance that is exceptionally practical and can cope happily with off road conditions.

Contributing to driver comfort is automatic activation of wipers and lights, and satellite controls on the steering wheel. Other occupants aren’t forgotten and there’s a host of family-friendly features; including a chilled glovebox (via the automatic air conditioning), 12V power point, USB port and auxiliary audio jack, voice activated Bluetooth compatibility and cupholders abound.

At 384 litres (with a full size spare wheel chosen specifically for local road conditions) there’s plenty of luggage capacity and the split rear seat backrest has two rake positions, and fold flat to increase utility volume. An optional, glazed panoramic sunroof with UV protection and a one-touch electric blind adds to the feeling of spaciousness.

The highly-efficient direct injection 1.6-litre turbodiesel model complements the existing range of 2.0-litre petrol models. The newcomer is fitted with a six-speed transmission and a stop/start function, contributing to its exceptional frugality and low emissions. Headline numbers are 84 kW at 3 600 rpm and a meaty 270 Nm at 1 750 rpm.

As usual with a model from the Citroën stable there’s a strong focus on safety. As well as a rigid “survival cell” that dissipates energy in the case of a collision, it has seven airbags, and ISOFIX attachment points for compatible child seats. Anti-skid ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA) are standard.

Prices

2.0 Attraction                                     R269 900

2.0i Seduction                                    R294 900

2.0i CVT Seduction                           R309 900

2.0i CVT 4×4 Exclusive                    R369 900

* covered by a 3-year/100 000km warranty and a 5-year 100 000km service plan with the option to extend the warranty to 5-years/100 000km and upgrade to a 100 000km maintenance plan.

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