The Citroen C3 is the perfect city car if you want to stand out. A European ultra-urban small hatch that you can have for around $30,000 certainly has a lot of appeal to those looking at their first car or for families looking for a city run-about that is a little bit different and unique.
There’s only one C3 variant available in Oz right now, the Shine.
The C3 Shine comes with halogen headlights, 16-inch alloys, power-folding mirrors, LED daytime running lights, side mirror indicators, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors and rain-sensing wipers. There's also Citroen’s signature Airbump plastic body protection, which we love for a first car.
The C3 is offered in a choice of six body colours plus various bi-tone dual-colour combinations, with those outside of white wanting for an extra $290 (Almond Green) or $590 (metallic finishes).
Inside, the C3 fits keyless go, cloth trim, mechanical-adjustable front seating, a leather steering wheel, analogue instrumentation, single-zone climate control, USB and 12V ports, one-touch electric windows all round and a space saver spare. Infotainment is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple and Android smartphone mirroring, inbuilt sat-nav and DAB+ radio.
The boot offers quite a commodious 400 litres that expands, with a pronounced ramp created by the 60:40-split seatbacks, to a reasonable 922 litres.
The C3 is powered by a 1.2-litre direct-injected turbo three-cylinder petrol producing just 81kW at 5000rpm if quite a healthy 205Nm from 1500rpm. It’s paired with the conventional six-speed automatic as standard as there’s no manual option available locally.
It’s claimed to return a combined consumption of 4.9L/100km with an urban figure of a more realistic 6.8L/100km that’s more likely this type of urban runabout’s target environment. On test, though, it runs habitually in the sevens or more, no doubt directly related to the sort of driving style this powertrain demands – more on that next.
At 1090kg, it’s quite lightweight though performance is actually a bit tardy for such a small device boasting north of 200Nm – 0-100km/h acceleration is claimed to take 10.9 seconds.
If you've never driven a French car, make sure you take the Citroen C3 for a drive and tell us what you think. For more information, check out the Citroen C3 showroom.