The french carmaker Citroen has launched their second vehicle named the C3. But is it a hatchback or a compact SUV (sports utility vehicle)? That remains a very huge mystery! However, let’s start this article about the Citroen C3– reasons not to buy and its competitors!
- The C5 Aircross SUV was Citroen’s debut vehicle, and the C5 Aircross SUV sales numbers in India don’t seem good at all! The C5 Aircross SUV, however, stood out in the market for performance and features. Nevertheless, the SUV’s price did not hold up in the Indian SUV market.
- The C5 Aircross SUV was just the introductory product from Citroen to Indian automotive market. The carmaker already showed its intent on releasing other cars in near future in India.
- So, now the brand is here with its second vehicle, the Citroen C3 (we will stick with the right technical term) hatchback!
- However, we are here to examine whether or not the Citroen C3 hatchback will perform better than the C5 Aircross SUV! And what the general future looks like for the C3 hatchback against its numerous competitors in India!
What are the exterior features of the Citroen C3?
- The CMP (Common Modular Platform), on which the Citroen C3 is based, is also used by the Jeep Compass. Also, the parent corporation Stellantis owns both Jeep and Citroen!
- Additionally, Citroen’s “make in India” effort claims that 90% of the car’s parts and body panels are made in India!
- The distinctive headlamp to headlamp chrome strip with Citroen’s logo integrated, is featured on the front of the Citroen C3 hatchback, it is between the hood and grille. However, the Citroen C3’s grille is made of plain black plastic.
Are the exterior features of Citroen C3 worth it?
- The halogen headlamps, without any available options for LED headlights even in the top variants. No auto-headlamps feature is provided. The two DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) are positioned at an angle to one another on each end, and it looks really cool. Nevertheless, the DRLs are the only exterior LEDs on offer!
- The fog lamps provided, are halogen as well.
- The roof has non-functional roof rails. The sides have plastic cladding for a SUV-ish look as well. The ORVMs are basic (not electronically adjustable). Additionally, the wheels are plain steel wheels; for some reason, alloy wheels are not even an option on any variants!
- Basic halogen turn signals, rear lamps, and brakelights are included on the rear. Also, no rear wipers. Two parking sensors are also present in the back.
- The Citroen C3 has a 3981 mm length and a 2540 mm wheelbase and a height of 1604mm. The car’s boot has a 315 L capacity. Moreover, the brakes have discs up front and drums at the rear. Additionally, the brakes are observed to be a bit laggy!
- The automobile does, however, provide a ton of colour customization options in single and dual-tone colours!
- Overall, the automobile lacks absolutely essential modern features besides the customization. This surely adds up to the list of Citroen C3- reasons not to buy!
What are the interior features of the Citroen C3?
The 10″ touchscreen infotainment on the Citroen C3’s dashboard gives it a contemporary appearance. For different indicators, a semi-digital instrument cluster is also offered. In addition to these, there are numerous colour customizations across the interior. Everything else, though, is simply unsatisfactory.
- Firstly, the seats are made of basic fabric material with fixed headrests. Moreover, they are also not even ventilated!
- Second, the steering wheel feels like it belongs on a very old Tata pickup truck with complete Bluetooth and music controls. Furthermore, the audio setup consists of only 4 speakers.
- Moreover, in terms of safety, the car has 2 airbags and the rating global version is of 4-stars in ANCAP.
- The vertical AC vents change the aesthetic appearance of the interior. However, automatic climate control is not an option. Furthermore, the AC control dials are turned manually! This adds up to the list of Citroen C3- reasons not to buy as well!
Does The Engine & Transmission Of Citroen C3 make up for all the compromises on features?
There are only two engine options available on the Citroen C3. Both engines are petrol driven, 1200CC 3-cylinder.
- The engines are named Puretech 81 and Puretech 110.
- Producing, respectively, 81PS of power with 115Nm of torque, and 110PS of power with 190Nm of torque.
- The estimated fuel efficiency is between 19 and 20 KMPL.
- However, both engines have manual 5-speed and 6-speed transmission, respectively. There is no automatic transmission offered.
For instance, while cruising, the engines are definitely punchy but far from those of the Tata Altroz, Renault Kiger, and Tata Punch. So, the engine and transmission are good, but not exceptional as compared to the current market!
Pricing And Variants
Citroen C3 is available in three different variants: Puretech 81 Live, Puretech 82 Feel, and Puretech 110 Feel. Further, costing respectively 5.71 lakh, 6.62 lakh, and 8.06 lakh rupees!
Which cars are Citroen C3’s competitors?
Citroen C3 rivals include hatchbacks like the Tata Altroz, Renault Kiger, and Tata Punch!
For purposes of comparison, the top-tier Citroen C3, Tata Altroz XT Petrol 1.2L, Renault Kiger RXT Opt DT 1L, and top-end Tata Punch were all taken into account. All of the rivals provide an automatic drivetrain, if not as standard, then certainly at an additional price.
- The vehicles produce 64 kW and 113 Nm of torque, 53 kW and 96 Nm of engine power, and 63 kW and 113 Nm of engine power, respectively. Surprisingly, the Citroen C3 outperforms all of its rivals in this area.
- All vehicles have at least two airbags, and according to NCAP, they receive ratings of 5-stars, 4-stars, and 5-star GNCAP for safety. In this case, the Altroz and Punch are unquestionably the winner.
- All cars also have automatic climate control, EORVMs, parking cameras, keyless/button start, leather seat upholstery, adjustable headrests, rear AC vents, ventilated front seats, hill hold assist, integrated turnlights in the side mirrors!
- Further, Citroen is a newcomer on the Indian market. Moreover, across the country; only 20 dealerships exist. This is a drawback of owning a Citroen and also limits your experience for after-sales service!
Is the Citroen C3 worth buying?
The Citroen C3 essentially meets all the criteria for “a car” in India. However, the C3 just doesn’t seem like a “worth it” addition to the segment when you take a look at the competing options in the hatchback segment of the Indian automotive market.
If you have a different opinion, though, kindly share it in the comments.