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Citroen C-Crosser
6/10

Overall
verdict

The Citroen C-Crosser is the same car as the Mitsubishi Outlander and Peugeot’s 4007 – they’re identical but with different tinsel. Doesn’t make them bad though. Manufactured by Mitsubishi, they make a lot of sense.

Additional Info

  • Yet another soft-roader, but this one’s schizophrenic – it has three personalities
  • Top Gear wildcard

    The 16-inch alloys look stupid. Go big or go home

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What is it?

Very, very car-like, the C-Crosser has a well-judged chassis set-up that makes it genuinely fun to drive. It doesn't get distracted by bumps and can be made to dispense quite a lot of speed on tight roads. Decent steering and strong brakes help.

Driving

Firmly sprung but well damped, Citroen's first 4x4 (ish) since the 2CV Mehari variant makes for a decent motorway companion. When things work this well and you don't pay very much dynamically, the high driving position becomes a boon you get to like.

On the inside

The 2.2-litre four-pot turbo diesel in the C-Crosser is a gem. It may only have 154bhp, but the car punts from rest to 62mph in just under 10 seconds and can overtake and ride the motorways with ease. A terminal speed of 124mph is perfectly achievable but unnecessary.

Owning

Acceptable parked on the drive, though don't expect a C-Crosser to get you laid unless you live in a really rough town.

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