27 March 2017
Review: Citroen C3
Like the airbumps. Designed to minimise damage from other car doors and supermarket trolleys on the bash, they also added a style element which immediately identified the car and the brand.
With the new C3, launched here before Christmas, they have built on that ethos. It's a car that even on the dullest rainy day will cheer you up just to look at it, and to drive in it. The bright, even brash detailing outside and in are infectious ticklers. Just because it's a supermini, it doesn't need to be boring.
My review car had the HDi diesel engine, one of those very good PSA units with which we are very familiar and which performed in the usual refined and torquey manner. The 5-speed manual proved perfectly suited. The petrol option is that 3-cylinder PureTech, and I'm hoping to spend time with one before the summer. With the €2,400 premium for the diesel, I'm reckoning the award-winning petrol will win back more people to petrol cars in this class fairly quickly.
The car handles as brightly as it looks, and Citroen's traditional emphasis on comfort shows through. It is a car whose visuals make you smile, but it's the comfort that will keep that grin on your face.
The brand isn't finished yet with this theme. The C-Aircross concept debuted at Geneva last week shows where things are going in the compact SUV space for Citroen. Another smile-maker when it arrives, I feel sure.
Meantime, the C3 deserves to make the right kind of waves in Citroen dealerships across the land. Prices from €15,490 to €22,190.