The C3 Stop & Start has been carefully specified to suit the needs of urban motorists, with the standard fitment of parking sensors to help avoid unnecessary bumps in the tightest of city spaces, as well as automatic air conditioning to maintain a pleasant cabin temperature. And the advanced SensoDrive gearbox, with paddle-shift gearchange, does away with a clutch pedal to offer the convenience of an automatic as well as the driving pleasure of a manual.
Front armrests, a CD player, a height/reach adjustable steering wheel, automatic activation of the headlamps and rain sensitive wipers all combine to ensure high levels of occupant comfort and driver convenience. The comprehensive safety and security specification includes ABS, EBD, EBA, four airbags and automatic door and boot locking.
Official government fuel consumption figures of 40.9 mpg on the urban cycle, 57.6 on the extra urban and 49.6 mpg on the combined, show that the C3 Stop & Start is one of the most economical petrol superminis around, while CO2 emissions of just 135 g/km ensure that company car drivers will face a low benefit in kind tax charge. When it comes to performance, the 1.4 litre engine is capable of a top speed of 112 mph while accelerating from rest to 62 mph in 13 seconds.
With a recommended retail price of £11,445, which is reduced further by the availability throughout December of a £1,500 cashback offer, the C3 Stop & Start carries no price premium over the 1.4i SX model, with optional parking assistance, which it replaces.
Alain Favey, Managing Director of Citroen UK Ltd, commented: "The C3 Stop & Start is a fabulous example of our ability to bring affordable technology to the market, delivering real benefits to our customers all at no extra cost. This exciting new model puts Citroen right at the forefront of both environmental protection and advanced technology and is sure to appeal to many motorists faced with in-town journeys."Published 7 December 2004