Citroen C3 vs Its Rivals (Magnite, Sonet, Ignis and Punch) – Compare the Trending Hatchbacks in India

Citroen C3 Launch Details

Citroen C3

Citroen C3 is being launched on June 5th this year in India. This hatchback is all set to take on models like Magnite, Sonet, Ignis and Punch which is already performing very well in the domestic auto market.

C3 will be Citroen’s second model to be introduced in India. Appearance-wise, C3 is a smaller C5 Aircross with a number of similar interior features included like the colour palette and the AC vents. It also has a higher stance even though it is only a hatchback. Size-wise, C3 will be standing at the higher end of the line of hatchbacks.

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The French carmaker can be expected to fix a price tag on Citroen C3 that will rival aggressively all other hatchbacks in its segment. Selected dealerships are accepting pre-bookings for the C3 for a token advance of Rs 21,000. For now, let us make a comparison between Citroen C3 and its competitors.

Citroen C3 vs Magnite, Sonet, Ignis and Punch


Citroen C3 Nissan Magnite Kia Sonet Ignis Punch
Length 3981 mm 3994 mm 3995 mm 3700 mm 3827 mm
Width 1733 mm 1758 mm 1790 mm 1690 mm 1742 mm
Height 1586 mm 1572 mm 1642 mm 1595 mm 1615 mm
Wheelbase 2540 mm 2500 mm 3500 mm 2435 mm 2445 mm
Boot Space 315 litres 336 litres 392 litres 260 litres 366 litres
Fuel Capacity 30 litres 40 litres 45 litres 32 litres 37 litres
Tire Size 15-inch 16-inch 16-inch 15-inch 16-inch

Citroen C3 is not the biggest or the smallest among these models here. It is longer than both Ignis and Punch while slightly shorter than Magnite and Sonet. When you talk about C3’s height, it still stands in the middle but with Ignis and Punch on the higher side of the range and Magnite and Sonet on the lower range. However, C3 has the longest wheelbase of all its rivals.

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Citroen C3’s fuel tank is the smallest of all with only a capacity of 30 litres. The tire size is also on the smaller side with 15-inch tires like the Ignis. The other 3 rivals have 16-inch tires.

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Features Citroen C3 Nissan Magnite Kia Sonet Maruti Ignis Punch
Exterior Halogen headlamps


Dual-tone shades

Fender-mounted turn indicators

15-inch steel wheels with stylised covers

Bi-Projector LED Headlamps with LED Turn Indicators

Signature Front Grille

L-Shaped LED DRLs with LED Fog Lamps

Wide split signature tail lamps

ORVMs with Turn Indicators

Radiator Grille Chrome with Diamond Knurling Pattern,

Rear Bumper with Dual Muffler Design

Electric Sunroof

Auto Headlamps

Skid Plates with Tangerine Accents

LED Headlamps and Tail lamps

LED DRLs with Integrated Indicators

Chrome grille

Body-colored Door Handles

Body-coloured ORVMs

Roof Rails

Side sill moulding

Fender Arch moulding

LED projector headlamps & LED DRLs

LED Tail Lamps

Puddle lamps

15-inch alloy wheels

ORVMs with turn indicators

Auto Fold ORVM

90-Degree Opening Doors

Interior Height adjustable  driver’s seat

Digital instrument cluster

Folding seats

Tilted steering

Full black interiors

Fabric seat upholstery

Ample Leg Space

Integrated Steering Mounted Audio & Meter controls

Rear AC vents

Height adjustable seats

Large 10L glove box with illumination

Dual-tone interiors

Height adjustable  driver’s seat

Front & Rear Adjustable Headrest

Rear seat centre armrest

Tilt steering

Power Steering

Power Windows

Sun visors

Dual-tone Dashboard

Power Windows

Tilt Steering

4 speakers (Zeta and Alpha)

2 speakers in Delta

Electrically adjustable ORVM

Remote Keyless Entry

Dual-tone interiors

Fabric upholstery

Height adjustable driver’s seat

60:40 rear split seats

Tilt steering

Cooled Glove Box

Leather Steering and Gear Knob

Premium Upholstery With Tri-arrow Design

Infotainment 10-inch infotainment


Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

8-inch floating infotainment system

2 DIN Integrated Audio

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

4 speakers

8-inch infotainment system

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Wireless Phone projection

Steering-mounted audio controls

4 speakers

7-inch Touchscreen Smartplay Studio

Steering Mounted Audio and Calling Control

2 Tweeters in Zeta and Alpha

Floating 7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment by Harman

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Voice assist

6 speakers and 2 Tweeters

Comfort and Convenience Features Keyless entry

Front USB charger

Rear Fast chargers

Power Windows

Engine start with Push button

Auto AC control

Electronic Power Steering

Wireless Charger

Ambient mood lighting

Puddle lamps

Rear AC Vents

Front and Rear USB Charging Port

Center Locking

Remote Engine Start

Smart Key with Push Button Start

Electric Adjust & Folding Outside Mirrors

Fully Automatic Air Conditioner

Rear AC Vents

12 V Socket

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking

High-Speed Warning Alert

Immobilizer (Anti-theft Security System)

Childproof rear doors

Rear Parking Sensor

Keyless entry

Front USB charger

Automatic AC

Electrically operated ORVMs

Push start-stop button

Steering Mounted Control

7” TFT Instrument Cluster

Automatic Climate Control

Safety Dual Front Airbags

ABS with EBD

Rear Parking Sensors

Dual Front Airbags

Cruise Control

Hill Start Assist

Tyre Pressure Monitoring

Anti-Theft Alarm

ABS with EBD



Child Lock

Rear Parking Sensors

Speed Sensing Door Lock

Impact Sensing Door Unlock

Dual Airbags

Cruise Control

ABS with EBD




Brake Assist

Rear Parking Sensors

Front Disc Brakes

Emergency Stop Signal

Projector Fog Lamps

Auto Headlamps

ISO FIX Child Anchor

Speed Sensing Door Lock

Impact Sensing Door Unlock

Dual Front Airbags

ABS with EBD

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners with Force Limiters

ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorage

Pedestrian Protection Compliance

Full Frontal Impact Compliance

Frontal Offset Compliance

Side Impact Compliance


Dual Front Airbags

ABS with EBD

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Camera

Auto Headlamps & Rain Sensing Wipers

Front Fog Lamps With Cornering Function

5-Star GNCAP Safety Rating


Sonet is the better-equipped model on this list. Coming close behind are the Nissan Magnite and Tata Punch.

If you take in the safety features, Punch, Magnite and Sonet all offer impressive safety features compared to the Citroen C3. We can expect Citroen C3 to arrive with features to match these models on its launch next month.

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Engine and Transmission

Although Kia Sonet comes with the better engine specs here, Citroen C3 is a close second.

Citroen C3 Nissan Magnite Kia Sonet Maruti Ignis Tata Punch
Engine Type 1.2-litre NA

1.2-litre turbo petrol

1.0-litre NA and turbo petrol 1.0-litre petrol

1.5-litre Diesel

1.2-litre petrol 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine
Displacement 1198 cc

1199 cc

999 cc 998 cc

1493 cc

1197 cc 1199 cc
Max Power 82 hp/ 110 hp 72 hp/ 100 hp 120 hp/ 115 hp 61 hp 86 hp
Max Torque 115 Nm/ 190 Nm 96 Nm/ 160 Nm (MT)

152 Nm (AT)

172 Nm/ 250 Nm 113 Nm 113 Nm
Manual Transmission 5 MT/ 6 MT 5 MT 6 MT, 6 iMT 5 MT 5 MT
Automatic Transmission CVT 6AT, 7DCT 5 AMT 5 AMT
ARAI Mileage MT 19.8 kmpl

19.4 kmpl (Turbo MT)

18.75 kmpl 18.2 kmpl – 24.1 kmpl 20.89 kmpl 18.97 kmpl
ARAI Mileage AT 17.7 kmpl – 20 kmpl 18.3 kmpl – 19 kmpl 20.89 kmpl

Price Comparison

Citroen C3 Nissan Magnite Kia Sonet Maruti Ignis Tata Punch
Ex-showroom Price 8 Lakh – 12 Lakh (Expected) 5.88 Lakh – 10.36 Lakh 7.15 Lakh – 13.79 Lakh 5.17 Lakh – 7.70 Lakh 5.83 Lakh – 9.49 Lakh


Keep following us for more updates on the Citroen C3 which will be unveiled on June 15th.

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