Unfortunately for the new C3, this is the section where the engine counts the most in our testdrive. Basically, such a configuration, with a 70 hp engine and a 5-speed manual box is useful only if you're the kind of girl who likes to cruise at 100 km/h and enjoy the landscape.
The comfort-oriented suspension configuration feels terrible on the highway, where the whole vehicle becomes unstable and vibrations or shaking in the steering wheel occur after the car exceeds 110 km/h. In other words, every little movement or bump on the road is felt in the steering wheel.
Fuel consumption is once again impressive, Citroen's very own figures point to an estimated 3.7 l/100km (63.5 mpg) outside the city. After a 20 km test on the highway, cruise control set at 130 km/h, the on-board computer indicated 6 l/100km urban (39.2 mpg). On country roads, fuel consumption dropped to 4.3 l/100km (54.7 mpg), much closer to the official numbers posted by the French carmaker.
The engine makes a bit too much noise, especially at higher speeds, and the car sounds more like an airplane the faster it goes. In a bad way... The air flow is a noise source, as the new C3 isn't exactly the most aerodynamic car on Earth.
We didn't however expect too much from the car but it did manage to get us from point A to point B in a decent way, without too much burned fuel and with an acceptable level of comfort.
Speaking of comfort, a longer trip with the new C3 is the perfect moment for the Zenith windscreen to come into play. Especially if it's raining, snowing or just night. The windshield lets the passengers enjoy the panoramas in a more charming way than a regular sunroof, while protecting the cabin from the sun light.
Visibility is once again a good thing and, although the car features ESP and cruise control, it lacks almost all features that would make it a more suitable open road ride, such as entertainment gadgets, a more powerful engine plus comfortable seats and superior ergonomics.
Its limited 300-liter trunk forces us to make a compromise: either we choose interior space and thus the car can accommodate up to 5 passengers or we go for storage volume with rear seats folded.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
This is the first time I feel like somebody has just found out about by dreams... Really, the car seems to fit me perfectly, it's cute, delicate and adorable, just like me!
Very easy to park, thank God, finally a small car that's easy to handle and, additionally, it comes fitted with parking sensors and a tiny screen that shows the adjacent obstacles. What more can you ask for?
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