Citroen C-Crosser Enterprise Review
|Facts At A Glance|
CO2 EMISSIONS: 191g/km
PERFORMANCE: Max Speed 124mph /0-60mph 9.5s
FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 39.2mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Twin front& side airbags, ABS, ESP
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?:length/width/heightmm 4645/1805/1670
CitroenC-Crosser Enterprise Van Range- A CROSSER TO BEAR
Citroenhas made the most of its impressive C-Crosser 4x4 by creating theC-Crosser Enterprise van version.
At the larger end of the compact4x4 market, the C-Crosser lends itself well to van conversion. There’sa good amount of space inside the C-Crosser Enterprise and the durableinterior also translates well to the LCV market. The 2.2-litre engineis one of the best in any van.
Enterpriseis something Citroen has shown itself to be in plentiful supply of downthe years. Whether we’re talking about the ingenuity to sniff out andexploit a virgin market sector or the resourceful marketing strategiesthat have been integral to the brand’s success. Nowhere has the Frenchmarque’s endeavour been better demonstrated than in the commercialvehicle sector where it’s aptitude for getting the most from what ithas routinely puts rivals in the shade. The C-Crosser Enterprise is aprime example of this and the latest in a series of aptly named CitroenEnterprise models that have offered van buyers something a bitdifferent.
Likethe Xsara Enterprise and the C2 Enterprise before it, the CitroenC-Crosser Enterprise is a van version of a Citroen passenger car. TheC-Crosser is the marque’s compact 4x4 and a competitive one at that.The prospect of a 4x4 vehicle from Citroen might concern some, with thefirm having negligible history in this sphere, but the C-Crosser hassome credibility by association as it’s based on the same underpinningsas Mitsubishi’s Outlander. Vans founded on 4x4 car platforms are by nomeans unusual in today’s market but Citroen will be hoping that itsstrong reputation in the market and well-developed van dealer networkwill give the C-Crosser Enterprise an edge over products from rivalswhich are merely dipping toes into the commercial vehicle water.
Citroenhas a great array of economical diesel engines at its disposal thatlend themselves well to commercial vehicle applications. The C-CrosserEnterprise gets one of the very best, a 2.2-litre HDi unit that punchesout a hefty 156bhp at 4,000rpm. A blast from standstill to 60mph takes9.9s and there’s a 124mph top speed, should the opportunity arise. Thisis extremely good going in the compact 4x4 market but for a van, and a4x4 van at that, it’s positively rapid. The C-Crosser handles well fora 4x4 vehicle with less of the lean and lurch that afflicts similarproducts. The ride quality is also impressive, as is the solidlytactile gearchange.
"TheC-Crosser has genuine off-road ability in reserve should operators needit."
TheC-Crosser has genuine off-road ability in reserve should operators needit. There’s respectable ground clearance, protection for underside ofthe vehicle should that clearance run out and the 4x4 system’sdifferent modes can be selected on the move via a stout rotary switch.The default front-wheel-drive model serves for on-road duties but inslippery conditions or for light off-road work, there’s a standardfour-wheel-drive mode. Here, torque is distributed electronicallybetween the front and rear wheels to enhance grip. The final option isa four-wheel-drive transmission lock mode which sends drive to all fourwheels all the time with more grunt going to the rear axle. This isdesigned for towing, snowy conditions or for off-road driving on reallydemanding surfaces.
There’splenty of space inside the C-Crosser passenger car with the potentialfor seven seats. That bodes well for the Enterprise model, even thougha pair of seats is the best buyers can hope for. The modifications thatmade the car a van are largely restricted to the inside and that willappeal to those who don’t necessarily want to let on to the world atlarge that they’re driving a van. The side windows and tailgate areblacked out so there’s no chance of anyone peering inside at the cargoand in place of the rear seating is a flat load floor. This measures1,720mm in length up to the full height bulkhead that cordons off thecab area and the total load volume is 2.3m3 – not bad for a 4x4 van.
TheCompact 4x4 shape isn’t ideally suited to van conversion and with aloading height of 600mm, the C-Crosser Enterprise and itscontemporaries require packages to be hoisted up a fair way before youcan slide them inside. In addition, the side access to the load area isthrough the conventional side hinged doors of the passenger car whichrequire plenty of space to open and don’t present a uniformly shapedaperture. For many, however, the advantages of the C-Crosser’s ruggedlooks, high driving position and 4x4 mechanicals will give it adefinite edge over a conventional compact van.
There’sa respectable 743kg payload capacity which can be added to by thehitching up a trailer weighing up to 2,410kg and good access to theon-board cargo is afforded by the wide tailgate. This opens in twosections with the top half lifting up and the lower one dropping downto form a convenient load platform.
Eventhough the front end of the C-Crosser Enterprise is resolutely Citroen,there’s still a Japanese flavour to the rear and overall shape of thecar that betrays its roots. Likewise, the interior has a distinctlyEastern feel to it. There’s none of the trademark Citroën lateralthinking, the fascia being rather conventional. Two cowled dials housethe major instruments and the centre console is sparse and ratherplasticky it has to be said. Despite this, there isn’t too much you canfinger as being wrong with the ergonomics and van buyers will like thetough construction. The ventilation controls are easy to fathom and themultifunction controls on the steering wheel are a nice touch.
TheC-Crosser Enterprise is available in VTR or VTR+ trim levels with bothmodels looking well appointed by the standards of the commercialvehicle sector. The niceties thrown is by Citroen includeair-conditioning, an MP3 compatible CD stereo, electric windows, remotecentral locking, cruise control, a trip computer, driver’s seat heightadjustment and rake and reach adjustment for the steering wheel. TheVTR+ model’s additions to that tally are largely cosmetic. It tacks on16" alloy wheels, front fog lights, a leather steering wheel and gearknob and a set of roof bars. All C-Crosser Enterprise models get ESPstability control as standard. This comes on top of the ABS brakes withbrake force distribution for secure stopping but there are also sixairbags included should the worst come to the worst. It all adds up toa very well equipped commercial vehicle.
Citroenhas always been one of the more enterprising manufacturers and itscommercial vehicle operation illustrates this perfectly. Theopportunity to bolster the van line-up with a well judged conversion ofa passenger car is not something the marque usually passes up on and increating the C-Crosser Enterprise van from the C-Crosser compact 4x4,it has made a valuable addition to its range. There are lots of 4x4vans to select from these days but the C-Crosser’s qualities married toCitroen’s LCV experience make this a leading light in the marketplace.
TheC-Crosser Enterprise is no Barbie truck. It can do the business inoff-road conditions when required with its lockable 4x4 system. It’salso a sound bet on the road and with a bulging equipment list marriedto a comprehensive safety specification, Citroen could be onto a winner.