Citroen’s innovative new convertible supermini, the C3 Pluriel, has just been awarded an impressive 4 star crash test rating by Euro NCAP. With a total of 31 points, Citroen’s newest model is not only rated the safest of all convertibles tested by Euro NCAP but, remarkably, the safest car in the whole of the supermini segment.
The stringent crash tests included a frontal impact without the roof arches, while the points total achieved means that the Citroen scored even higher than conventional hard-top superminis such as the Ford Fiesta, BMW MINI, Nissan Micra and Vauxhall Corsa, proving that C3 Pluriel doesn’t just rank high on style but, importantly, on safety as well.
The C3 Pluriel’s unique, reinforced roof arches, strengthened windscreen pillars, extensively stiffened body shell and reinforced rear seats and head restraints with integral rollover bars, are specially designed to provide maximum protection in an impact, while the long list of standard safety features includes four airbags, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Braking Assistance (EBA) and four 3-point inertia reel seat belts.
All of which goes to prove that, with its different body configurations, including a funky-looking supermini and a four-seater cabriolet, and with recommended retail prices starting at £11,995, the C3 Pluriel isn’t just extremely attractive, versatile and excellent value for money - it’s also the safest supermini around.Published 29 June 2003