The Citroen C3 Pluriel | Part Five

C3 Pluriel

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Comfort And Equipment

One glance at the new C3 Pluriel with its rising, curved roofline gives an impression of the space, comfort and refinement within. A second look reveals how the exclusive pillarless design makes the cabin feel totally open and airy.

The C3 Pluriel’s cabin has a positively liberated feel, with dimensions that are slightly bigger than the C3 and which allow all occupants to benefit from plenty of room. And the vast windscreen and lack of a central pillar means that the interior feels hugely open, allowing in lots of light and giving occupants fantastic all round visibility, helped by the elevated arrangement of the seats.

The tall, arched roof ensures there is plenty of headroom for all occupants, while there is also up to 1442mm of elbowroom. And while many other small car derived soft tops offer cramped or zero rear space, leg room in C3 Pluriel approaches that of many normal superminis, meaning that travel for four needn’t be a cramped affair.

It is easy to find the ideal driving position with height and reach adjustable steering and a height adjustable driver’s seat as standard whilst each of the on-board controls is designed to be ergonomic and simple to use. There is easy access to shared functions such as the central digital display, the stereo controls and the dash-mounted doors and rear windows locking control, while buttons for the four electric windows are located on the central console between the front seats.

Numerous useful stowage areas throughout the cabin help to keep the C3 Pluriel clutter-free. There is a large, lockable glovebox, which can also be air conditioned, two large door bins with space for 1.5 litre bottles, several can holders, a removable ashtray and, on 1.6i 16V models, mesh pockets in the back of the front seats.

As a supermini, the C3 Pluriel has a boot load volume of 266 litres, more than 3-door supermini rivals such as the Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Vauxhall Corsa and almost double that of the new Mini. For quick and access to the contents of the boot the parcel shelf automatically retracts when opening the rear window, and even with the rear screen and roof stowed away there is still a generous 137 litres of load space.

Neat and convenient touches abound in C3 Pluriel, thanks to its high levels of standard equipment. As well as the electrically operated retractable roof there are front, one-touch and rear electric windows, and electric door mirrors. And a high quality six-speaker CD player with steering mounted controls means cool sounds all year round.

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Published 30 May 2003 Melanie Carter

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