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Citroen C3

Citroen C3 is a 5 Seater seater car, Ex-showroom price starting from Rs. 6,16,000 in India. It is available in 13 variants, 1198 cc engine available in and 1 transmission option: Manual. Citroen C3 mileage is 19.3 kmpl.
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6.16 - 9.08 Lakhs*
*Ex-showroom price
Citroen C3 Key Specs
Engine1198-1199 cc
Mileage19.3 kmpl
Fuel TypePetrol
TransmissionManual

About Citroen C3

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  • Citroen C3
    Citroen has begun manufacturing its future C3 SUV for the markets of Argentina and Brazil. The 2022 C3 compact SUV, which is set to debut in India in the first half of 2022, is slated to be one of the French automaker's most affordable models. The distinctive shape of the new C3, which is defined by the high position of the bonnet and a front end built to accentuate the perception of breadth, immediately reveals the car's particular flair and strength. 
     Citroen C3  Price:
    The Citroen C3 is estimated to start selling at Rs 6.16 lakh. 
     Citroen C3  Features :
    The Citroen C3's characteristic split headlamp design will be separated by a two-slat chrome grille and a secondary hexagonal-shaped grille. Faux brushed aluminium skid plates will be installed on the dual-tone bumpers. The 3.98-metre C3 has a high ground clearance and a high bonnet, giving it the appearance of a cross-hatchback. On the front bumper, ORVMs and side cladding will have contrasting orange highlights. Dual-tone alloy wheels, wrap-around LED tail-lights, and a traditional antenna are just a few of the other noticeable features.  Inside, the Citroen C3 will have a dual-tone cabin, with a huge orange-coloured inlay complementing the black dashboard. A 10-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a digital instrument cluster, and steering-mounted audio controls will be included on the sub-4m SUV. It would include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors, among other safety features.
     Citroen C3  Performance:
    A 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine will likely power the Citroen C3. A five-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission can be available for C3. No diesel engines will be available.
     Citroen C3  Capacity:
    The fuel tank capacity of the Citroen C3 is expected to be 47 litres. The C3 can accommodate 5 people. It will boast a 300-litre boot capacity. 
     Citroen C3  Rivals :
    The Citroen C3 might compete with the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger due to its size and design. It could, however, compete with the Tata Punch, Maruti Baleno, Swift, and Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, given its estimated pricing.

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    Citroen C3 Variants & Price

    Citroen C3 price starts at ₹ 6.16 Lakhs and goes up to ₹ 9.08 Lakhs (Ex-showroom). Citroen C3 comes in 13 variants. Citroen C3's top variant is Shine 1.2 Turbo Vibe Pack Dual Tone.

    Fuel Type:
    All
    Transmission:
    All
    6.16 Lakhs*
    1198 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    7.23 Lakhs*
    1198 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    7.38 Lakhs*
    1198 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    7.38 Lakhs*
    1198 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    7.53 Lakhs*
    1198 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    7.76 Lakhs*
    1198 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    7.88 Lakhs*
    1198 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    7.91 Lakhs*
    1198 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    8.03 Lakhs*
    1198 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    8.43 Lakhs*
    1199 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    8.58 Lakhs*
    1199 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    8.96 Lakhs*
    1199 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    9.08 Lakhs*
    1199 cc
    Petrol
    Manual
    *Disclaimer: The prices are ex-showroom price for the respective model in the selected city.
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    Citroen C3 Specifications and Features

    AirbagsYes
    Body TypeHatchback
    Mileage19.3 kmpl
    Engine1198-1199 cc
    Fuel TypePetrol

    Citroen C3 comparison with its competitors

    Model Name
    Citroen C3
    Hyundai i20Tata AltrozMaruti Suzuki IgnisMaruti Suzuki Swift
    Price (Ex-Showroom)
    ₹6.16 - 9.08 Lakhs
    ₹7.04 - 11.21 Lakhs
    ₹6.6 - 10.74 Lakhs
    ₹5.84 - 8.25 Lakhs
    ₹6.49 - 9.64 Lakhs
    Expert Ratings
    4 out of 5
    3 out of 5
    3.5 out of 5
    4 out of 5
    3.5 out of 5
    Engine
    1198-1199 cc
    1197 cc
    1199-1497 cc
    1197 cc
    1197 cc
    Mileage
    19.3 kmpl
    16-17.8 kmpl
    19.1-23.6 kmpl
    20.8 kmpl
    24.8-25.8 kmpl
    Fuel Type
    Petrol
    Petrol
    Petrol/Diesel
    Petrol
    Petrol
    Airbags
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Transmission
    Manual
    Manual/automatic
    Manual
    Manual/Automatic
    Manual/Automatic

    Citroen C3 Mileage

    Citroen C3 in India is available in Petrol variants. Average mileage of Citroen C3's petrol variant is 19.8 kmpl (As claimed by the brand in ideal road conditions). Citroen C3 Live 1.2 Petrol comes with a 30 litres fuel tank.

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    Live 1.2 Petrol
    Fuel Type
    Transmission
    Mileage
    Petrol
    Manual
    19.8 kmpl

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    Citroen C3 Expert Review
    4 out of 5
    Pros
    Youthful looksSpacious cabinAggressive turbo engineSuspension set-up
    Cons
    Cabin finish imperfectNo automatic gearboxKey features missing or part of optional extra

    For a brand that has been repeatedly harping on its 100-year legacy and rich heritage, Citroen remains a rather obscure entity in the Indian car market. Playing the rather complex landscape here with just one model, which also happens to be rather obnoxiously priced, the French manufacturer has been very cautious and calculating in its India approach which has thus far raised more questions than invited admiration. But while the C5 Aircross flagship launched early 2021 may have been a statement of intent at best, it is now the Citroen C3 SUV - the company calls it a hatchback for some reason - that is promising to hurl the brand into top flight. The C3 has been a while coming but the fourth-generation is being manufactured locally and sits in a segment that has enormous potential even if it already has a plethora of very well-established and well-entrenched rivals.

    To test drive the Citroen C3 to study if the brand would potentially race forward or hunt for more excuses still, we landed in monsoon-hit, lush green Goa this June.

    Here's the in-depth first-drive review of Citroen C3:

    Citroen C3 exterior highlights:

    The C3 is undeniably Citroen and does bear a resemblance of sorts to the C5 Aircross. The face of the SUV is distinct in that it does have a massively imposing grille or lush use of chrome splashes. Instead, dual chrome chevrons with chrome extensions in the front grille give it a young and distinct appeal. There are sleek LED DRL units but the the main head light unit is halogen-powered. ‘Why?' - is a question best left for Citroen to answer.

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    Citroen C3 will be offered in a plethora of mono and dual-tone colour options.

    The vehicle stands on 15-inch smartly-designed alloy wheels under relatively large wheel arches. The windows too are quite large and the side cladding towards the lower portion of the doors lend the car a slight bit of rugged character.

    Nothing rugged about the rear though where Citroen opts for a clean profile, completed and complimented with the company badge and logo. Open the door here and there's a little over 300 litres of boot space. The cargo area is quite deep which means plonking one suitcase over another is possible. But on the flipside, the opening for the boot is quite narrow and there would be quite a loading angle which would surely make lifting heavy luggage and putting it in the boot a significant effort.

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    Citroen C3 offers 315 litres of boot space. The rear-seats can be folded to create even more space.

    Overall, the C3 has a spunk around it from almost every angle and its sporty profile is massively highlighted by the big use of a bright shade of orange on the roof, ORVMs and casing around the front fog lamps. Personally, I am not too taken by the dual-tone orange shade but the car is also available in multiple mono tone hues.

    Citroen C3 cabin highlights:

    That the C3 is a young car is also evident generously with how the cabin has been put together. The dashboard itself is offered in two colour trims - Orange and Grey. There is a 10.2-inch infotainment screen positioned right in the middle and it looks quite premium with features like wireless support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It is responsive to touch even if the amount of fingerprint it attracts would make it a delight for forensics teams. Nonetheless, it is bright enough for use under direct sunlight, has good viewing angles regardless of where in the car one is at and is connected to a four-speaker set-up.

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    A look at the dashboard layout inside the C3 from Citroen.

    Under it are the vents for air-conditioning which can be controlled using dial knobs over the center console. The vertical vents on the front sides are quite catchy to look at and are also mighty powerful in cooling the vehicle - essential because there are no vents for the passengers at the back.

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    Look closer and there are certain sections closed which give the C3 cabin a rather incomplete feel. The round space here may have been otherwise reserves for an engine start-stop button. There is also no central lock and unlock button for all doors, apart from the door lock on the driver door.

    For the driver, the seat can be adjusted for height while the compact steering promises to make short work of navigating through tight spaces. But where the C3 is found wanting is the digital driver display which is quite small and almost toycar-like. The stick to adjust the ORVM position is also rather flimsy and there are plenty of closed button sections which give a sense of the vehicle still being a work in progress. There is also no one central button to lock or unlock all doors and this depends entirely on the status of the driver-side door. The control buttons for the rear windows are also located on the central console and not on the rear doors.

    Step back to the rear seats and there is decent amount of space on offer. The wheelbase of 2,540 mm is evident with impressive levels of knee and leg room, regardless of how far back the front seats may be. There is good amount of cushioning on all seats and superb under-thigh support. Head room is also quite satisfactory but the central tunnel on the floor bed and the center console jutting back takes generous bites out of the leg space for the middle-seat passenger.

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    A dedicated seat belt for the middle passenger at the back is a welcome addition inside Citroen C3.

    The rear-seat passengers do sit slightly higher than those in front in a theater-like setup and while there is no sunroof, the cabin is quiet and has a pleasant aura all around. Storage spaces are plentiful too but use of only hard plastics is a bit of a let down. There are also several features that are either missing entirely or would be offered as optional extras. This includes wireless phone charging, ambient lights, rear-view camera and the likes.

    Citroen C3 drive dynamics:

    First things first - if you fancy a diesel car, then the Citroen C3 isn't for you. If you want the convenience of an automatic gearbox, then steer away from the C3 too. Snubbing the diesel motor is a miss for sure but not offering an automatic transmission in today's times means the French are likely to lose a fair share of customers.

    But if a petrol motor and the enthusiasm of a manual gearbox is your thing, Citroen C3 is offering two choices of each. There is a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated motor churning out 82 Ps (80 hp) and offering 115 Nm of torque. Then there is the more capable 1.2-turbo petrol which puts out 110 Ps (108 hp) and an absolutely scrumptious 190 Nm of torque.

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    The C3 has a punchy turbo motor that responds quite well to throttle inputs.

    This torque figure alone promises to set the C3 apart from most of its intended rivals and isn't just a numerical highlight but does translate to some extremely peppy traits when on the move. Push the pedal, slot the intended gear number and the C3's turbo engine is just so impressively enthusiastic. Imagine a child running around in a chocolate factory - endless energy, scampering from one corner to the farthest other corner. That, in a nutshell, is the C3 turbo for you.

    But it is not just innocent enthusiasm because there is a high degree of maturity too, especially when it comes to the large gear bands. The shifts may not be as slick to touch as is in most Korean cars but the sheer need to work the gearbox is comparatively far less. The C3 pulls and pulls clean, and while there is a slight strain from the engine at higher rev bands, the solid grip over NVH levels also help in keeping the cabin calm while pushing the car forward.

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    The C3 is quite steady at high speeds but the engine does strain a bit if pushed to the limits.

    The other big strength of the C3 lies in its suspension set up that is tuned so well that the ride quality raises the bar for several other sub-compact SUVs currently out and about on roads here. Sure it may not be like the ‘Flying Carpet’ effect on the C5 Aircross but still, the ability of the C3 to brush past broken roads is mighty impressive. And unless hurtling the car over speed breakers, even man-made road aberrations are very well negotiated.

    But while the C3 shines within city limits courtesy its easy maneuverability and rushes towards three-digit speed mark on open roads with spirited focus, the lack of feedback from the steering is a letdown. Steady at moderate speeds, the C3 steering wheel needs to be gripped harder at high speeds to extract any iota of feedback. There is also a slight body roll for back-seat passengers when the car is pushed into corners with disdain and this takes some sheen away from the otherwise comfortable experience of being on the move inside this car.

    Most of these traits - the good and not so good - are obviously on the more sedate C3 option as well. But it would be incorrect to plainly assume that the 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated motor is lethargic. Obviously not as eager as its more powerful twin, the more affordable C3 still has enough spirit to be a confident daily ride option. The pick from lower rev bands is stellar and the five-speed gearbox continues to have a mighty large range to adapt to changing drive conditions. Move to high speeds sure need more work and overtaking won't be as breezy but unless you identify yourself as an enthusiastic driver every time you get inside your car, this motor should suffice.

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    The Citroen C3 attacks corners with decent levels of precision but there also is body roll that is likely to bother rear-seat passengers more than those in the front.

    As such, the C3 does a respectable job of offering two solid engine options and a suspension set up tuned for comfort.

    Citroen C3 verdict:

    The Citreon C3 isn't an extravaganza in terms of feature list or boisterous looks. And yet, it goes beyond just getting the basics right to offer a car that's confident and basks in that confidence.

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    Citroen C3 is most likely to get a very aggressive starting price which could help it snatch braggging rights in its segment.

    Citroen will offer a mammoth list of optional extras which cover exterior style packs to feature additions for alloys, rear-view camera and more. This is a generous hint that off the block, the C3 may be very aggressively priced.

    Citroen has a solid product on its hands and one that has the potential to find favour among a young car-buying audience. All eyes would be on how well the C3 is priced and how well the company is able to come good on its promise of offering a robust post-sales network. Considering the base variant will be quite a stripped down version, a starting price of somewhere around 5 lakh ought to hold the car in good stead.

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    Citroen C3 FAQs

    The Citroen C3 offers a competitive mileage of 19.3 kmpl.
    The top variant of Citroen C3 is the Shine 1.2 Turbo Vibe Pack Dual Tone providing advanced features and enhanced performance for a premium Hatchback experience.
    Citroen C3 is a 5 Seater Hatchback.
    The Citroen C3 comes in petrol variant offering a mileage of 19.3 kmpl.
    The Citroen C3 includes a range of engine options from 1198-1199 cc. It comes with single manual transmission. With 13 variants, it caters to diverse preferences.

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