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Citroën C3, a charming supermini


Citroën's C3, a charming supermini, is now available in different variants and we drove the 1,2 version, which was lively, comfortable to drive and surprisingly roomy inside. Part of the car's appeal is in its European appearance and refinement.

The introduction of a 1,2-litre three-cylinder Puretech petrol engine gives exceptional efficiency in place of its predecessor that had a 1,4-litre engine. The manufacturer states that the engine produces 15% more than the original, larger unit and generates the same amount of torque at lower revolutions per minute. 

The fuel consumption levels can be as low as 4,7-litres per 100km, which we saw during the test drive. The route took us over two mountain passes while travelling comfortably at the prescribed speed between George, Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay. Environmentally conscious consumers will also note the low CO² output of 109g/km. Emissions are 25% lower than the 1,4 model version. This means that the 1,2-litre model falls well under the threshold for emissions tax.


The new C3 has appeal thanks to styling that is assertive. The bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights and the expression lights around the headlines along with a deeper front airtake are responsible for this look at the front.

At the back there are fewer changes except for a chrome strip above the back lights.

The cabin has good quality materials and a soft-feel finish. The only drawback - and this is not the only smaller vehicle that has this problem - is the small glove compartment. On the plus side, however, there are many interesting and clever storage spaces that show how much planning went into the car.

The C3 shares the family look thanks to its Zenith roof, which means the interior has a lot of natural light. The dashboard is tastefully finished with a subtle colour combination.

The upholstery textures are likewise subtle and in harmony with some brightness on contrasting finishes around the central controls.


With compact dimensions the car is easy to handle. The overall length of 3,9m and width of 1,72m results in a tight turning circle of 10,2m. The interior planning of the car also means a generous 300-litre boot.

We found the C3 to be perfectly at home in the urban environment as well as on different surfaces encountered during the drive.
Citroen also offers options on the car: a reverse camera and park distance sensors and a satellite navigation system. The C3 comes fitted with an enhanced infotainment package, which links Bluetooth, AUX and USB port a package known as the Connecting Box.


The C3 Exclusive variant has six airbags, the Seduction four, and the Attraction two. All three spec levels include ABS+EBD, OBA, ISOFIX, impact tensioning seatbelts and side impact protection.

Standard price includes a three year or 100 000km warranty with an optional extension to five years or 100 000km. The service plan runs to four years or 60 000km. 

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