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Citroën C3 Aircross gains auto braking as standard

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Range-topping versions of the Citroën C3 Aircross compact SUV have had their safety specification boosted by the addition of autonomous emergency braking as standard.

The top Flair variants of the C3 Aircross will now be fitted with AEB (which Citroën calls Active Safety Brake with Forward Collision Warning). This uses the camera mounted at the top of the windscreen to detect obstacles, such as a stationary vehicle or a car moving in the same direction at a slower speed, and between speeds of 3mph to 52mph will brake automatically if there is a risk of collision.

Autonomous emergency braking remains an option on the rest of the C3 Aircross range, only available as part of a ‘Family Pack’ that costs £490.

Five-star safety

The C3 Aircross, as we reviewed recently, had already earned a top five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, but the Active Safety Brake was a cost option on all models, including the Flair versions.

As a result of the system now being included in the standard equipment, insurance group ratings for the C3 Aircross Flair have been improved and now start from 4E.

Citroën offers the C3 Aircross Compact SUV with up to 12 driver assistance and safety systems, plus four connectivity technologies.

C3 Aircross Flair prices now start from £16,990 – £90 more than when the model launched in November 2017. This buys the 82hp petrol model, the car also available with 110hp and 130hp petrol engines and 100 and 120hp diesels.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.