Test Drive – Citroen C3

The all new Citroen C3 was recently launched at the 2016 Paris Motorshow and will go on sale in the UK early 2017.
At UK Carline, we’ve been fortunate to test-drive one of the first cars a few months before its launch.
The new model looks great. At first glance it looks like a larger, five door DS3 with its (no cost) optional contrast
colour roof. It’s packed with technology including an integrated dash cam and takes features from the C4 Cactus
with AirBumps on the side doors. Is the new Citroen C3 going to stand out in the competitive market place that
includes the ever-successful Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa? Most definitely.
In addition to the AirBumps (textured, protective plastic cushions on the doors), the new C3’s exterior incorporates
elements of other Citroens such as the distinctive headlamps and running lights from the C4 Picasso and rear lamps
that are similar to those of the funky C1, albeit with bright, LED technology. The car will be offered with nine
exterior colours and three contrast colours for the roof, mirrors and airbumps – Citroen claim that this will offer
36 different colour combinations to ensure that each will stand out from the crowd.
The interior is spacious and very similar to the Citroen C4 Cactus – which means that it’s very distinctive with a
variety of colours and finishes available. The dashboard is dominated by a seven inch touchscreen that operates
the navigation, stereo, air conditioning system and more. An unusual standard feature on the new C3 is the
integrated dash cam that you can download your journey onto your phone or laptop using Citroen’s App. The
ConnectedCAM system will also automatically store 20 seconds of footage prior to an accident which could be
invaluable information.
The range will start at £10,995 for the entry level Touch model. The one that we drove was a three-cylinder 1.2 litre
petrol in Flair trim, starting at £14,795 on the road. In addition to the equipment already listed above, the Flair has
in-car Wi-Fi, Navigation, a reversing camera and a blind spot monitoring system. The car had punchy
performance, compliant suspension, low-levels of road noise and had a great driving position. With an
airy interior, plenty of storage and comfy seats, the new C3 has a feeling of driving a much bigger car.

The new Citroen C3 will be great value for money when it’s launched and from experience the lease
rates will make this a very affordable car. Watch out Ford and Vauxhall, this new model means business.