Even for a lightweight petrol tow car, the Citroën C3 Aircross’s legal towing limit of just 840kg is very low.
What the Citroën can tow, it tows reasonably well. We had no issues hustling the C3 Aircross through the lane-change test, even with the trailer sliding behind it the car remained on course and under control.
Data from the Al-Ko ATC sensors showed little sign of instability when slowing from high speeds, either.
However, performance is steady despite only towing a lightweight trailer. The lane-change test was something of a challenge, too.
The handbrake needed a firm pull to stop car and trailer rolling backwards and it took a careful balance of clutch and throttle to coax the Citroën to the top of the gradient.
It’s not an especially practical tow car. We found room for less than half our load of typical holiday luggage, despite the sliding rear seat and the facility to lower the boot floor.
However, there’s no trailer stability system and the handbook is short on data and advice for tow car drivers.
In solo driving, the C3 Aircross rides softly although it can sometimes be caught out by sharp ridges in the road surface.
It’s a well equipped car and there are plenty of options to personalise the interior and exterior. However, the infotainment system is fiddly and resale values are rather weak.