Citroën C3 Joins The Budget-Car Battle

Recently we had the opportunity to experience the new Citroën C3 hatchback launch on a very chilly day in Johannesburg. Boasting funky looks and competitive pricing, the vehicle is the French automaker’s budget offering, and in such a tight segment, it has its work cut out for itself. 

Inside the Citroën C3, one is met by a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is a benchmark for the segment. It supports wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto and in addition, there is 1 USB-A port at the front and 2 USB-A ports in the rear for charging devices. The dash cluster is somewhat peculiar because you have this amazing infotainment system screen, but an odd, dated digital/analogue display right in front of you. The interior has some acceptable interior quality materials yet the main star of the show here is the quirky, unorthodox looks, something Citroen is synonymous with.

Only one engine is available in the C3 range, which is a naturally aspirated 1.2-liter petrol engine with 61 kW and 115 Nm of torque, paired to a 5 speed manual transmission. The drive is somewhat jittery, but for the calibre of the vehicle, one cannot expect much. 

Other impressions include its key safety features, rear parking sensors, high speed alert and the seatbelt reminder. The Style trim features full wheel covers, fabric upholstery, and body-colored bumpers. The seats feel suitably comfortable with firm side support, which, again, is a luxury in a new vehicle positioned at the C3’s level. The feature that stands out the most in the Citroën C3 is the front end. The headlights flanking the twin chevron badge is a signature design point and further, add to the trendy design.

Overall the Citroën C3 looks great, this model will definitely attract a few eyes especially first-time buyers or people that are looking for a brand new, affordable, and practical little car.

The C3 is priced at R229 900.

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