If you were told that Europe’s safest supermini was also a convertible, would you be surprised? Well, that’s exactly what Citroen’s C3 Pluriel is. And what about Europe’s second safest supermini? Well, that’s just become a Citroen - the brand new C2. And Citroen’s third pillar of strength - the C3 - comes in just behind its stablemates in the rankings, to complete the Company’s 4 Star supermini line-up.
The versatile C3 Pluriel – which can transform from a supermini to a convertible and even a pick-up - continues to lead the way as Europe’s safest supermini, even when tested in its fully open top mode, achieving 31 points in the stringent Euro NCAP tests. Following the latest tests, Citroen’s recently launched C2 now takes second place with 29 points, while the C3 has 28 points.
All of which underlines a dedication to safety - particularly reassuring at this time of year - which places Citroen’s supermini trio well ahead of rivals such as the BMW MINI, Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta, all with 25 points.
All three models, which have been constructed on the same specially designed and strengthened platform, come with four airbags as standard, and offer sophisticated multiplex features such as automatic activation of the hazard warning lights on heavy braking. Additionally, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Emergency Braking Assistance is standard on the C3 and C3 Pluriel and available on most C2 models.
Citroen’s strategy of offering three very different small cars for very different buyers has made it more popular than ever before, with over 50,000 sales, up by some 20% on last year. And thanks to the current highly attractive VAT Free offer on both the C3 and C3 Pluriel, which give savings of up to £2,000, as well as up to £500 cashback or free insurance on the striking new C2, all three superminis are as affordable as they are safe.Published 24 December 2003