[YesAuto in-depth experience] When it comes to Citroen cars, the first feeling it gives people is individuality. This individuality not only comes from the appearance and interior, but the most important thing is the connotation, a romantic, unique and somewhat stubborn cultural concept. However, nowadays there is a car that wants to break this convention. It is an unfamiliar face, and its appearance is still sufficiently individual, but in fact, we are already familiar with it. Yes, it is the Citroen C4 Aircross.
Before the birth of this C4 Aircross, let us go back and think about it. Citroen really hasn't come up with an SUV product that impresses us. In this way, it is not difficult to understand why PSA used Mitsubishi's hands to develop such a compact SUV this time.
Anyone who knows this car knows that this is a Mitsubishi ASX Jinxuan replacement model. Its chassis, engine, gearbox, and even interior are almost identical to the ASX Jinxuan, but the appearance has been redesigned. Well, let's talk about its appearance first.●The appearance is sufficiently individual
Citroen's products have always maintained a distinct personality in terms of appearance design, so the shape of the C4 Aircross is still very different from the Mitsubishi ASX Jinxuan. This Citroen C4 Aircross body uses more complex curves, which contrasts greatly with ASX's simple and tough design.
I still remember that about ten years ago, Audi took the lead in adopting the “big mouth” China Net. Later, this style gradually spread across the world and was applied to more and more models. This style is still the most popular today. However, Citroen seems to have always disdain to learn from others, and has always had unique insights in design. For example, the double-sided net is a family characteristic of Citroen. In addition, the headlights of this C4 Aircross are also very special. I think it should not be easy to be a Citroen accessory supplier. Not only does the production of each product require a new set of molds, but more importantly, the sales volume of Citroen models Not so good, I'm afraid it will be difficult to get the cost back!
LED daytime running lights are designed on the left and right sides of the front face, and it looks like there are vents specifically for the heat dissipation of the brake system, which are like dimples, but in fact this is sealed. Not to mention, the entire front of the car looks a bit fierce, but for some reason, I personally prefer ASX's dazzling look.
A deep waistline and wheel arch lines protruding from the front and rear fenders clearly define the side of the C4 Aircross. Since the chassis comes from Japan, the fuel tank cap of this car is also on the left side. This is also the difference between most Japanese and Korean cars and European and American cars. In fact, the side lines of the Citroen C4 Aircross are almost exactly the same as the Peugeot 4008 that was first listed. I have to say that Citroen is really lazy this time. Fortunately, there is still a bright spot in the D-pillar. Although this logo has no practical significance, it is still very individual.
The petal-like wheels are quite attractive. The Bridgestone DUELER H/P SPORT with a size of 225/55 R18 is a SUV road-type tire with a positioning bias.
The shape of the tail is relatively simple, but the taillight is an example. The shape is unique and full of three-dimensionality, which plays a role of echoing from the beginning to the end. The addition of luggage rack and rear spoiler helps to enhance the visual effect. Finally, I need to point out that what I experienced is a top-of-the-line model, but if you are careful, you will find that the rear of this car still only has a reversing radar, but no reversing camera. The reason is simple. The answer is revealed on the next page.
●The interior is the same as Jinxuan, and the central control has no screen
After entering the car, the personality impression left by the C4 Aircross just disappeared instantly, and the interior was almost exactly the same as the Mitsubishi ASX Jinxuan. To be honest, Mitsubishi's interior design, materials and assembly process have not reached the required level, and there is a certain gap with other Japanese brands. On the contrary, Citroen is opportunistic in this regard, completely using the dazzling interior, which seems to be outweighed by the gains.
First of all, in terms of materials, the performance of the C4 Aircross is not satisfactory. The materials used for the center console and center control panel are comparable to those of models below 100,000 yuan. The entire center console only used a little bit of soft material stingly. The surface of the center console was painted with piano, but the shape was not fashionable enough and fingerprints were easy to leave.
Although this is a top-of-the-line model, we see that the center console is still bare, and it is not equipped with a DVD multimedia system, so it is not difficult to understand without a reversing image. In contrast, the cheaper ASX Jinxuan is all equipped with DVD multimedia systems. Does Citroen think these things are redundant? The design of the automatic air-conditioning knob is more like an ordinary manual air-conditioning, there is no partition function, and the handling is not delicate enough.
The steering wheel is quite satisfactory, and it has multi-function buttons such as audio control and cruise control. Although the addition of paddle shifters can improve driving pleasure, I think the meaning of paddles for a non-sport SUV It's not big. It is also a pity that even this top-of-the-line model is not equipped with a one-key start function. It seems that Citroen really does not understand the minds of Chinese consumers!
1. 2WD gear: The vehicle is in the front-wheel drive state. This gear is generally used when driving on the road. The front-wheel drive is the most economical.
2. 4WD gear: The vehicle is in a four-wheel drive state, and the rear axle gains part of the torque, which improves the driving stability of the vehicle. With the work of ESP, it can get better maneuverability on ice and snow.
3. 4WD-LOCK: The central multi-part clutch differential is locked, and the front and rear axles get a 50:50 torque, which is useful when the two front wheels are completely slipping.
Citroen C4 Aircross is the same as Jinxuan, using a set of timely four-wheel drive system, with 2WD, 4WD, 4WD-LOCK three modes. Since it can be switched to 2WD, it can also be said to be an intelligent four-wheel drive system, which is similar to the Qijun introduced earlier. The central differential mechanism uses an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch differential, and the four wheels are coordinated with an electronic brake assist system. The multi-disc clutch structure central differential can be operated at any time, both in driving and parking state, just turn the four-wheel drive knob behind the shift lever. Among SUVs within 300,000, this four-wheel drive system can be regarded as relatively powerful.
The panoramic sunroof can be regarded as a fashionable and practical configuration, which can make the passengers in the car feel more comfortable, especially when several people are traveling together. However, only the luxury version of C4 Aircross will be equipped with a panoramic sunroof. Even the relatively cheaper two-wheel drive luxury version has a guide price of 259,800. You must know that the second-lowest (guide price of 223,000) Jinxuan is equipped with a panoramic sunroof. C4 Aircross has less than a slight advantage in terms of cost performance.
● Seat comfort and space
The ride comfort of leather seats is more comfortable, and the support of the cushions is also in place, which is considered to be a good performance for SUVs. There is also a small problem here. The position of the heating button of the C4 Aircross seat is really awkward. It is almost blocked by the seat cushion. I only found it after being in contact with this car for several hours, and it is not easy to operate. Too convenient.
The storage compartments in the C4 Aircross are relatively rich, so owners don’t have to worry about not having a place for their belongings. And when there are many passengers in the car, at least there is a place to put a drink bottle that can satisfy everyone. The space performance of the central armrest box is also good, and it has AUX/USB and 12V power interface inside, which is considered more thoughtful. It is also worth mentioning that the central armrest can be moved back and forth, and for most people, the elbows can be properly supported.
Generally speaking, there is no problem with the seating space in the SUV. Because the body is relatively high, the leg space is not obviously limited by the wheelbase, and the front head space is better than most cars, but the rear The head space of the row is slightly depressed.
The interior of the trunk of the C4 Aircross is relatively regular, and the available space is relatively large, which is also the advantage of most SUVs. There is a connecting port in the center of the rear seat, which is convenient for passengers to take small items from the trunk. The rear seats can also be folded down by 4/6 points as needed, ensuring space flexibility.
● Power system, chassis
The C4 Aircross is equipped with a 2.0L gasoline engine, model 4B11, with a maximum output of 150 horsepower and a peak torque of 198N·m. It is matched with a 6-speed CVT continuously variable transmission. In addition, C4 Aircross also provides two There are two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models to choose from. I don’t think I need to introduce too much about this power system and chassis, which is the thorough Mitsubishi technology.
● Competitive Analysis/Summary
After the above analysis, we have uncovered the mask of this stranger. In fact, this Citroen C4 Aircross is the same as the Peugeot 4008. It is just a simple change of the shell based on the Mitsubishi ASX. The Mitsubishi Motors factory in Japan, so PSA just designed the shape lazily, and left them to the partners to let go of the rest.
The biggest competitors facing Citroen C4 Aircross are Peugeot 4008 and Mitsubishi ASX. In terms of model pricing, the C4 Aircross is exactly the same as the 4008. Whoever chooses depends on the appearance of whoever prefers it. However, the two latecomers are obviously too uncompetitive in the face of ASX Jinxuan, who has a pure pedigree. Even people with a little rational thinking will not choose C4 Aircross, and my suggestion is of course not worth recommending, unless you really have a soft spot for its appearance and it is not bad for money.
I think PSA’s purpose of launching this car is just to fill the gap in the field of compact SUVs. It is precisely because PSA saw the global automotive market, especially China's pursuit of SUV models, that led to the birth of this car. On the one hand, they hope that this car can bring them certain benefits. On the other hand, it is also the most important. PSA hopes to learn more about SUV technology from Mitsubishi and lay the foundation for future independent research and development.
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