Peugeot Citroen South Africa pulled the plug on the Citroen brand at the tip of 2016, however there was perpetually a long-run commitment to bring the kinky French brand back to South Africa once the temporal arrangement was right.

And that timing is now, with the importer having just launched three brand new Citroen models in South Africa: C3, C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross. The crossover-heavy line-up is of course a sign of the times, and Citroen will also be hoping to capitalize on the colourful and funky looks that these three Citroens have.

The new kid on the block features unique design and a more robust look with larger wheels and a raised ground clearance as part of its look. Its styling is enhanced and increased with the presence of split headlights, a widescreen grille moreover as its A, B and C pillars lined in black to administer it somewhat of a wider and sleeker look.

As before, the Citroen models share their underpinnings and engines with the equivalent Peugeot models, but they have completely unique styling inside and out. An SUVs biggest feature is the amount of space available and the C5 has plenty of it. It has three individual sliding, folding and reclining rear seats, and best-in-class boot space. This means that there is space inside for five occupants, with the variable boot size thanks to the three, individual sliding/reclining seats in the rear – it starts at 520 litres and expands to 720 litres. There is also plenty of additional storage space with its central armrest, glove compartment and wide door pockets. The interior is further enhanced with two ambiances that come with matching colours and materials.

The French car brand also promises superior soundproofing, thanks to extensive insulation measures, as well as above-average seat comfort. On the subject of comfort, standard features include a 20.3cm touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, rain sensor, rear parking sensor, six airbags, ESP and 18-inch alloy wheels.

To that tally, the Shine adds a panoramic glass roof, keyless entry and start, wireless phone charging, partial leather seat trim, Active City Brake, Blind Spot Monitoring, front parking sensors and a reverse camera.

The line-up starts at R239 900 for the cheapest C3 hatchback, rising all the way to R509 900 for the range topping C5 Aircross, and each model is available in three derivatives. It comes standard with a 5-year/100 000km warranty & service plan across the range with Citroen Serenity. Customers can have their car serviced at any accredited Peugeot dealership.

By Noni Nchwe