2019 Citroen C3 Aircross v Toyota C-HR Koba | carsales

It’s quirky versus… more conventional. But are these rivals divided by more than
just their looks? Let’s find out. With around $35k in the budget, buyers are
spoilt for choice. And these two examples show just how diverse
the small SUV segment really is. The Toyota CH-R offers buyers Toyota’s proven
reliability in a design that pushes the envelope just a little bit. While the Citroen C3 Aircross feels more like
throwing down the gauntlet. They may be polar opposite where looks are
concerned, but they have many similarities. They’re both front-wheel-drive and are powered
by frugal, small capacity turbocharged engines. The Citroen has a six speed automatic transmissions
while the Toyota has a CVT. As tested, our rivals are separated by just
a few hundred dollars. Interior design sees these two worlds apart. The Toyota holds onto conventional design,
although it’s got a little bit of a sporty design edge. It does have two cup holders and this front
one doubles as oddment storage as well. The one thing it falls short on is it’s
kinda tight. Its smaller proportions make it feel enclosed,
particularly when compared to the C3 and rearward vision is really poor. The Citroen feels so different – it’s
more daring, but that comes at the expense of practicality and ergonomics. For example there’s nowhere to put my coffee
cup, well, nowhere useful – it’s right back here. But what it has done above the C-HR, is it’s
carved out a bit space. it’s definitely going to be the pic for
larger drivers. And the other thing is that it’s boxy envelope
and bigger windows means that rearward vision is excellent. There’s no denying the C3 Aircross is a
really easy drive – the steering is light, that engine powers along nicely and it’s
a supple ride. It is a little loud however, engine and road
noise creeping into the cabin. Behind the wheel of the C-HR now and it feels
fun – way more engaging than the C3 and it brings the pep and agility that we don’t
get in the Citroen. The steering is crisp and the CVT is good
– and by good I mean quiet. It’s definitely the driver’s car. Standard safety equipment includes blind spot
monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency
braking – and the CH-R adds rear cross traffic alert. Reversing cameras are common, the Citroen
adds park assist Infotainment features include satellite navigation,
Bluetooth and voice control. The C3 adds much sought after Apple CarPlay/Android
Auto connectivity. The Citroen ups the stakes with head up display,
speed zone reminder and road sign recognition and tyre pressure sensor. But would I give that up for the heated seats
in the Toyota…? Neither vehicle offers much for our second
row occupants – no air vents, no arm rests – but they’ll likely be happier in the more
spacious C3. Where absolute boot space is concerned, it’s
the C3 that has more space. But when you’re loading larger items you’ll
find that flat base is a nicer position. And on that notion of space, it’s something
we actually talked a lot about on this comparison – the C3 has managed to carve out a really
cavernous space. And yes these are small SUVs but in an age
where we’re always expecting more from our cars, beyond the brief that they were made
for, the C3 is truly punching above its weight. Warranty is line ball, but the Toyota offers
better service schedule and you’ll find Toyota dealerships in abundance, with Citroen
few and far between. Toyota’s trusted credentials see it dominate
the resale values, its retained value sitting around 10 per cent better than the Citroen. So which is better? Sticking to the small SUV brief, it’s the
Toyota C-HR Koba that takes the win, it’s proven credentials and aftersales peace of
mind giving it the edge over the Citroen C3 Aircross. A good reputation goes a long way.

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