The 2010 Citroen C3 is far from being a technical achievement, as the car can be easily considered a basic means of transportation at most chapters, including the powertrain.
Based on the old platform, the new C3 is different in dimensions, as the new model is longer, taller and wider than its predecessor. It has however the same wheelbase and weight as the 2002 model.
The 1.4 HDi engine develops 70 horsepower at 4000 rpm and 160 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm, while releasing 113 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Translate this into performance figures and you get a maximum speed of 101 mph (163 km/h), while the 0-100 km/h sprint is completed in 13.7 seconds.
The engine was developed in collaboration with Ford, so the 1.4-liter HDi unit can also be seen on some other models, including Ford Fiesta, the European flavor of Ford Fusion, Peugeot 206 and the old Mazda2.
Citroen's mixed fuel consumption rating is 4.2 l/100km (56 mpg) and, after 250 kilometers covered in both urban and non-urban environments, we learned that the truth doesn't go too far - 5.9 l/100km (39.8 mpg).
The car also employs MacPherson-type front suspension, new rear axle with flexible traverse beam and variable electric power steering, all of them configured for optimal comfort.
Although it manages to return so low fuel consumption figures, helping technologies such as start-stop are missing entirely on the car we tested. However, other versions are equipped with the so-called Gear Efficiency Indicator (GEI) that alerts the driver of the optimum moment for shifting gears, thus getting the lowest consumption rating.Continue reading