A history lesson…
Citroen’s first attempt at a 4x4 vehicle is one worthy of a bit of talk, because, well, they did a bloody good job. Building a 4x4 when you’ve had no real experience of doing one before is a tough proposition, but Citroen, who are famed for making soft saloons, really did a stellar job.
It was launched to little fan fair, as it wasn’t exactly the ‘Miss Universe’ of any motor show it entered. The looks are slightly unappealing, but underneath the obscure body is the chassis and tech that will inspire on the road and impress.
And naturally, as it’s a Citroen, you get comfort in abundance. This is a 4x4 that you would want to jump into after a long day at work. It soothes your brow and makes the world just that little bit better.
Bang for your buck
This is where buying a Citroen really starts to make sense, as they are as cheap to buy as they are to run. You get bags of kit for thousands less than you’d have to shell out for a BMW or Range Rover, and with the C-Crosser’s brilliantly supple and comfortable suspension, you’ll be able to enjoy your money saving in supreme comfort.
All cars come with ABS, traction control, CD-player and a whole host of airbags to keep you safe if the worst should happen. As it was launched in 2007, the C-Crosser enjoyed relative success due to the boom we had with mini-4x4s during that period.
And because it shared the same platform as the Peugeot 4007, but looked better, it sold in half decent numbers.
What you’ll pay
Prices for the C-Crosser when new were very cheap in relation to its rivals, so buying used really is a fantastic option. If you’re in the market for a cheap, easy-to-run, small 4x4, the C-Crosser is a relatively rare and inexpensive option.
What to check
As with any big 4x4, checking the alloys is essential, as they’ll cost a small fortune to repair if damaged. Likewise with the suspension and basic condition of the underside of the car; if the chassis is damaged from any off-roading, walk away.
Other than that, most of the parts have been fitted to Citroens for years and are all reliable.
A replacement exhaust will set you back around £285, while a new clutch will be £215. A new wing mirror is a sobering £165, while a headlamp is an financially-crippling £240.
How it drives
The C-Crosser is really a ‘tarmac-only’ 4x4. It resides alongside the BMW X3 and Peugeot 4007, as being relatively big 4x4s but without the technical prowess to cut it with the big boys off-road.
Having said that, considering it is a 4x4 for the road, it is very capable on the black stuff. As we’ve already said, the suspension is softly sprung and feels fantastic for long journeys with kids in the back. The driving position is excellent, as is the stereo, interior quality and the seats.
It’s a load-lugger, a car designed for families and practical. It may not be the most exciting 4x4 on the road, but what it does offer is supreme comfort that will never fail to soothe your muscles after a long day at work.