[YesAuto Evaluation] Perhaps because of the tight SUV market, Citroen can't wait to introduce the C4 Aircross into the domestic market after its appearance at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and the Beijing Auto Show. It has also become Citroen's domestic market. The first SUV model.

Friends who have followed it may know that C4 Aircross is the result of a cooperation with Mitsubishi, and it comes from the same platform as ASX. In fact, the C4 Aircross is already the second-generation product under its production model. As early as 2007, Peugeot Citroen had already launched two Mitsubishi SUV “shell-changing” products: Citroen C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007. Their prototypes are We are familiar with Mitsubishi Outlander EX (Outlander EX), these two products have not been introduced into domestic sales.

With this successful experience, Peugeot Citroen again “takes aim” at Mitsubishi ASX Jinxuan, took Jinxuan over, and put it on a Citroen (or Peugeot) brand coat, so we saw this in front of us. C4 Aircross. It feels like watching “The Amazing Spider-Man” a few days ago, you will find that the general plot has not changed, just a change of actors.

The guide price of Citroen C4 Aircross is 219,800-279,800. Compared with the guide price of Mitsubishi ASX Jinxuan that is also imported and sold: 19.80-25.50 million, it is more than 20,000. Since it is expensive, in addition to the brand difference, let's come. See if it can bring us any surprises in terms of products.

If you want to know about the appearance and space of the Citroen C4 Aircross, please click on the link below to read the static experience article:

Citroen C4 Aircross is equipped with Mitsubishi ASX's 2.0L naturally aspirated engine code-named 4B11, with MIVEC variable valve timing and lift management system (click to view the system details), and made some details Tuning. From a numerical point of view, its maximum torque is 1N·m more, the maximum torque speed is delayed by 200rpm to 4400rpm, and the maximum power is maintained at 150 horsepower (110kW)/6000rpm, the data is at the current mainstream level of 2.0L naturally aspirated in the market .

In actual driving, starting or accelerating in the middle, no matter how you abuse the accelerator pedal, the C4 Aircross engine is always calm, and there is often a feeling of “only hearing the sound but not seeing the power”. If you speed up and overtake, you will feel It's a bit strenuous.

The engine that matches the engine is still the CVT on ASX Jinxuan, which can simulate 6 gears in manual mode, and can control the engine speed very low when cruising at high speed in D gear to save fuel.

This CVT gearbox interprets ride comfort incisively and vividly. It is also very good at thinking about the driver’s temper and controlling the engine speed according to the depth of the throttle. Normally, it will control the speed below 2000 rpm. When the throttle is deepened, it will control the engine speed. The speed is pulled up to about 3000 rpm. If you kick the throttle to the bottom, the speed will climb to more than 4000 rpm. This process is very fast and smooth, and the increase in power is also very linear, without any sudden feeling.

If you use the shift paddles behind the steering wheel, the driver can also control the speed more at will. The gearbox responds quickly to the paddles. The shift paddle shifter can be ushered in in less than half a second with the left hand. The sharp increase in speed brings some driving pleasure from the level of control, but the power is too weak and the fun is very limited. In addition, if you want to save fuel during cruising, do not use manual mode, because the gearbox only provides a more economical speed ratio in D gear.

The suspension travel of C4 Aircross is relatively short, and the hardness is moderate, which can filter out small bumps on the road, and there will be no “flicker” feeling when running. The overall feeling is similar to that of a car. The 225mm wide tires also bring good high-speed stability. Sex. Its steering wheel is lighter, its directivity is a bit vague, and it takes more care of comfort, coupled with the softer power output, the whole car gives people a feeling similar to a family compact car. From here you can also see the positioning of the C4 Aircross, which is designed for people who care about comfort and do not pursue motivation.

Let's take a look at the performance test results of C4 Aircross.

Accelerated testing

    Depress the brake and accelerator at the same time, the allowable starting speed of the engine is 2000 rpm. When starting, the vehicle seems to have taken a lot of effort to move its body slowly. During the whole process, the engine speed rises slowly. “, it maintains the speed at around 6000 rpm, and keeps it until the end of the race. Because the engine has been running at maximum power in the second half of the journey, the acceleration is maintained to a certain extent, which makes up for the time wasted in the start to a certain extent, so that the final result is not too outrageous.

Please note that the prices of the competing models in the above picture are similar, but the displacements are not consistent, which is for reference only.

Brake test

    The rear part of the brake pedal is a bit heavy, and when the brakes are fully braked, the feedback is stronger, but in any case, the final braking results are very good. The 225mm-wide Bridgestone DUELER H/P SPORT tires (Chinese translation: Power Man tires) provide enough grip to enable the powerful braking system of the C4 Aircross to exert its strength. From the graph, the G value of the initial braking has reached -1.2g. If the grip of the tires is further strengthened, the braking distance is expected to be shortened, but the current level of 39.92 meters is already very good, which is also very high in the same level. The results.

Noise perception

    From the actual experience, the noise control effect of the C4 Aircross as an SUV model can be said to be quite good. In daily driving, when the speed is increased, the noise from the engine compartment is slightly louder, but it is within an acceptable range and does not affect the normal conversation of the passengers in the car.

Fuel consumption test

    On the day of the fuel consumption test, the temperature was 27°C and the air conditioning was turned on during the whole process. There was only one driver in the car, using 2WD (two-wheel drive mode), and driving a total of 116.1km, of which about 40% were congested roads below 30km per hour, and about 20% were The unobstructed sections and loops with a speed of about 60km/h, and the rest are high-speed sections with a speed of 90-120km/h. The average speed displayed by the trip computer is 29km/h, and the total fuel consumption is 12.62L and the average fuel consumption per 100 kilometers is 10.87L. The 10.7L shown is relatively close.

In the congested road section, the average fuel consumption displayed by the trip computer once climbed to about 15L/100km. In the unobstructed road section, the good fuel economy brought by the CVT gearbox was highlighted, pulling down the average fuel consumption and the final comprehensive fuel consumption. The results are not bad for such an SUV.

We give reasonable fuel consumption reference values for various levels of models (non-rigid indicators)

Purely economical minicars : no more than 7 liters/100 kilometers

Small car / hybrid : no more than 8 liters/100 kilometers

Compact/light SUV : no more than 10 liters/100 kilometers

Medium- sized car/medium-sized SUV : no more than 12 liters/100 kilometers

Other models: no more than 15 liters/100 kilometers

About the four-wheel drive system of C4 Aircross

    C4 Aircross adopts a set of timely four-wheel drive system, with 2WD, 4WD, and LOCK modes. The driver can switch through the knob near the knob. This four-wheel drive system is the same as the Mitsubishi ASX Jinxuan. The central differential mechanism uses an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch differential, and the four wheels have an electronic brake assist system.

Use the 2WD front-wheel drive mode for daily driving, which can provide the greatest fuel economy; use 4WD automatic four-wheel drive mode on wet roads, part of the power will be distributed to the rear wheels when the front wheels are slipping, which improves the driving stability of the vehicle; When dealing with light off-road conditions, use LOCK to lock the four-wheel drive mode, and the front and rear torque is maintained at 50:50, which can help the vehicle to get out of trouble.

This four-wheel drive system is the most commonly used structure for urban SUVs. It is mainly used for road conditions with low adhesion and has limited off-road capability. If the front and rear wheels slip separately, it can still cope with it, but if it encounters cross-axis slippage. At times, due to the limited effect of the electronic limited slip device between the wheels, it is difficult to help the vehicle get out of trouble.

Full text summary

From the product point of view, the C4 Aircross as a city SUV performs well, comfortable, easy to drive, and fuel economy is also good. Its power performance is not as good as the Mitsubishi ASX Jinxuan on the same platform, but it has achieved braking performance. Strengthen, from here you can also see the focus of this car. Another big selling point of the C4 Aircross is the exterior design. It has the consistent appearance of Citroen cars and has a good return rate on the street.

If the analysis ends here, then it can already meet the car purchase needs of a large number of people. People want nothing more than a nice and comfortable city scooter, as well as a four-wheel drive system, and occasionally drive to the suburbs with their family. It can also cope with some non-paved roads that are not difficult to play.

However, competition in the domestic SUV market is becoming increasingly fierce. There are many familiar models in the range of 200,000 to 300,000 yuan, such as the Shanghai Volkswagen Tiguan, the Dongfeng Honda CR-V that was just replaced some time ago, and the Jeep guide, which is also imported and sold. Of course, the Mitsubishi ASX Jinxuan from the same source and the Peugeot 4008 from the same group are also its competitors.

In the face of these powerful competitors, the advantages of C4 Aircross are not so obvious. Of course, Citroen is not stupid, C4 Aircross is not built to compete horizontally with opponents. If you are a rational car buyer, it may not be suitable for you; talents who really pay attention to appearance and focus on visual design are potential buyers of C4 Aircross. If you are one of them, you may wish to click here to view the contact information of your local dealer, call for consultation, and make an appointment for a test drive.

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