The sophisticated exterior touches, such as the chrome trims to the windows, have been carried over to the interior of the Citroen C3.
The sophisticated exterior touches, such as the chrome trims to the windows, have been carried over to the interior of the Citroen C3. The old circular theme has been replaced by a more modern and grown-up attitude. Although a sense of fun can be seen in the two trapezoidal buttons either side of the MyWay navigation screen; one red and one green. Set into the glossy, brushed steel finish upper panel, adjacent to the centre air vents is a little button for the air freshener, which comes in a variety of fragrances that are diffused through the vents.
The MyWay satellite navigation system is an optional extra that was fitted to the Citroen C3 VTR+ test car. It adds £1,150 to the price but the system does comprise a full colour screen, a HiFi audio system, live traffic feeds and Bluetooth. The HiFi element adds an extra speaker, centrally placed atop the soft-touch dashboard and an amplified sub-woofer in the boot. Under normal circumstances the audio system comprises and RDS radio with an MP3-compatible CD player and AUX socket, six speakers and secondary controls on the leather-clad steering wheel.
While I'm on the subject of the steering wheel; the Citroen C3 has two extra stalks for cruise control and speed limiter. Unfortunately, they are well hidden behind the spokes of the steering wheel and unless you are familiar with these controls, they are impossible to see on the move. Whinge over, let's move on.
The new Citroen C3 boasts an equally new instrument cluster with two analogue dials and an LED display. These are all shrouded by a 'floating' cowl, which keeps the sun off, so they are easily read at all times.
As mentioned previously, when it comes to interior space, the Citroen C3 is quite a big, small car and one of the ways that Citroen has achieved this feat is by making the glovebox slimmer. The advantage is that the front passenger can sit that little bit further forward leaving more room for the people in the rear seats; alternatively they can just take advantage of the extra legroom in the front. It does mean that the glovebox can carry very little more than a pair of gloves but this is the same for most modern cars, so in real terms, nothing is lost.
Another trick was to make the front seat-backs a little thinner and while there is no loss in comfort, indeed they are very supportive, they do allow for more legroom than one would expect. The rear seats have an asymmetric split and fold, which increases the boot capacity from a class-leading 300-litres below the parcel shelf. Unfortunately, we are not told by how much but logic dictates that it must, at least, double the capacity.
There are three trim levels available for the Citroen C3: VT, VTR+ and Exclusive, plus the Airdream+, which is a Special Edition. Prices range from £10,790 to £16,140 and in terms of equipment, this is what you get. VT customers will find their car loaded with the multi-adjustable steering wheel, the air-freshener, a multifunctional trip computer, the standard audio system, powered door mirrors, electric windows at the front and the Euro V compliant engines with manual gearbox have a Gear-Efficiency Indicator.
VTR+, which was the test car, adds the Zenith windscreen and air-conditioning, front foglights and 'Karl' velour and mistral 'Omni' seat covers. On top of this, the 15-inch steel wheels are swapped for alloys.
The Airdream+, on the other hand, keeps the steels wheels but has rear parking sensors and a Bluetooth system with a USB socket. The rest of the features list reads the same as that of the VTR+ and the main reason that it is a special edition is that it only emits 99g/km CO2. But more of that later.
The top-of-the-range Exclusive sits on 16-inch alloys and, on top of the majority of the other listed items, adds electrically- powered folding mirrors, rear electric windows and anti-theft alarm, automatic digital air-conditioning, dark tinted rear windows and part Alcantara upholstery. It also opens up the possibilities for optional extras such as ESP and rear parking sensors.
Citroen C3 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Citroen C3 VTR+|
|Colour||Belle ile Blue Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13.7 seconds|
|Top Speed||101 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||74.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 23/02/10)||£13,790|