Since we're talking about a moderately-priced car in the B segment, we can't expect too much when getting behind the wheel. Or at least, we should uncheck massage seats, Internet and DVD players from our "must have" list because the interior of the C3 is as simple as it gets.
The star of the show is once again the Zenith windscreen, with all the other parts apparently being used to bring this feature in the spotlights. The windshield, which according to Citroen is going to be installed on around 50 percent of all C3s, was tinted with a light gradient blue which is said to reflect approximately 90 percent of the solar energy.
Cheapness however is noticeable on most parts inside, starting with the plastics used on the dashboard and ending with the awful sliding interior cover that holds the two sunvisors. There were no vanity mirrors, which for you ladies is terrible, and the whole interior roof was extremely light and thin, giving us the feeling that we could break it with a finger.
The soft-touch dashboard goes on our "we liked" list, just near the gauges and the steering wheel. At the opposite pole, there's the chrome-wannabe dashboard plastic that seems to have an awkward role: give birth to dins, rattle and ruckus inside the cabin.
We were impressed by the quality of the seats however which seem comfy enough for all passengers, especially when driving in urban environment. Our "dummy" test proved that measuring 2 meters in height and driving the new C3 isn't impossible, while sitting on the rear bench is doable only if the front right seat is slid forward. The only problem is that a 2-meter tall guy has more chances to leave the car with several head bumps than a 1-year-old who makes his first steps.
This is actually one of the good things inside the C3: the design of the dashboard allowed the glovebox to be mounted closer to the windscreen, and thus creating more legroom for the front passenger who, in turn, can create more space for the rear passenger. Furthermore, the seatbacks were especially designed to be slimmer, which also contributes to the overall amount of space.Continue reading