Driving the new C3 in a city is probably the best thing you can do with this car. Mostly because the majority of its features are especially intended to make city driving easier.
First of all, the bubble car appearance gives us more interior space than expected. Both the front and the rear seats provide a decent level of comfort, especially in an urban environment where roads are dotted with speed limiters and potholes. Additionally, the suspension setup is especially configured for the best possible comfort which, although sounds like a great feature, it has its drawbacks. The worst thing is that this configuration leads to a sloppy steering which, in curvy roads, makes the car feel like a boat on water.
Then, there's the engine. Although most of the car enthusiasts out there would laugh their heads off when hearing that the tested C3 came with a 1.4 liter HDi engine developing 70 horsepower, the powerplant definitely does its job, especially on city roads. The fuel consumption ratings are impressive to say the least if we're taking into account the efforts made by the whole automotive industry to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Citroen says the 1.4 HDi engine should burn around 5.2 liters of diesel every 100 kilometers (45.2 mpg) in city conditions and, as far as we're concerned, the truth lies somewhere near that point. After a regular 15-km trip, basically the approximate distance every citizen covers every morning when going to the office, the trip computer indicated a fuel consumption rating of 6.3 l/100km (37.3 mpg). In addition, the power it provides is more than enough in the crowded cities we're living in, but even so, in case one of your dreams is to replace Michael Schumacher at Petronas Mercedes GP, we'd suggest you to buy a punchier engine.
The manual transmission box isn't the best thing on Earth but you could get used to it. Just as usual, an automatic unit would be welcome for a more comfortable ride and a more delicate way to deal with traffic jams. The manual setup however is clearly indicating that Citroen's main target was, from the very beginning, the Old Continent, but still, a 4-speed automatic unit is offered as option.
Behind the wheel, visibility can't get much better than this, as the driver is basically able to observe all surrounding objects without any hassle. A big plus to the Zenith windscreen that allowed us to see pole-mounted traffic lights easier than anytime before. The only addition that could increase visibility is basically the addition of a blind-spot monitoring system but such a feature is completely missing on the revised C3 range.
As we said, the new C3 measures 3941x1728x1524mm / 155x68x60 inches (LxWxH) and has a wheelbase of 2466mm / 97 inches, while the trunk has a maximum volume of 300 liters. This should be enough to carry all your shopping bags but, if you want to use it on Black Fridays, you can always fold the rear seats for additional storage capacity.
Parking isn't too difficult, as our car was equipped with parking sensors, available as an option for 300 Euros.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
It's incredible that these French guys strive to continue their old-fashioned platforms for several new models. If you ask me, the new C3 is just as boring as its predecessor and the fact that they're based on the same platform does nothing than to confirm what I'm saying.
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