Lengthy-term take a look at evaluate: Citroen C3

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Mileage: 6,390
Economic system: 44.8mpg

4 40-litre rucksacks, two tents, 4 sleeping baggage, three chairs, 4 folding mattresses, two pillows, meals for six, 18 picket logs, two cameras, two baggage of garments and several other litres of water. This, plus me, my higher half and two pals, was all supposed to suit inside our Citroen C3 for a visit to North Wales lately. 

Within the earlier report, I discussed that the C3 actually impressed me with its inside house. And most of the people on the group who’ve since grabbed the keys really feel the identical manner – there’s way more room inside than you’d count on of a supermini, which prompts the query, simply how far might we push this fashionable automobile’s practicality?

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Properly, what higher technique to take a look at the load-lugging capabilities of the Citroen on our fleet than a weekend tenting journey? The vacation spot was the mountain of Cadair Idris, some 240 miles from my flat in south-west London. 

Given I’ve to date spent my time driving the C3 in city, over the 2 days I not solely needed to learn how sensible it’s, however the way it handles lengthy jaunts on the motorway and the enjoyable, twisty roads of North Wales.

We met our pals at 6am on a frosty Saturday. As we pulled up outdoors their flat, the realisation that we might have overestimated the C3’s 300-litre boot abruptly hit us. After some Tetris-like organising we fitted all of it in, though with the tents overflowing from the boot, the 2 passengers sitting within the again made their displeasure with my plan recognized early on.

It was nice to get some suggestions on how cozy the rear seats are. Each of my pals are greater than 5 foot six tall and other than having tents on their laps, had no problem with leg or head house. We drove for 3 hours on the motorway earlier than stopping on the M54 providers in Shropshire to stretch.

After Shrewsbury we turned on to the A458, which has some nice twists and turns, and meets with the even higher A470, that finally led us to the bottom of the hills. 

It’s right here the place the C3 started to point out a special facet. Citroen has emphasised that the mannequin is aimed in the direction of consolation with delicate suspension and a clean journey. That is effective on London’s velocity bumps and potholes, however on the twisty roads the C3 felt somewhat too delicate. Whereas physique roll isn’t extreme, I might have most well-liked a barely extra targeted set-up for flatter cornering.

To offer the automobile a good probability, I awakened early on Sunday, grabbed the keys and headed out for an additional drive. With out the burden of three adults and several other objects of baggage, it felt lighter and extra pleasing to drive, however the steering nonetheless lacked the extent of involvement a Ford Fiesta delivers and I struggled to get a really feel for the way a lot grip there was. That being mentioned, I by no means felt just like the automobile would understeer unexpectedly. 

With the logs used up, meals eaten and many of the water drunk over the weekend, the return journey was accomplished in additional consolation. I haven’t explored all of the tech on board the C3 simply but, however the TomTom-assisted sat-nav (£500) proved extraordinarily helpful by alerting us to extreme delays on the M54 and recommending that
we take the M6 Toll as an alternative. 

Whereas a bigger automobile would have been a more sensible choice, the C3 didn’t miss a beat all weekend. It additionally confirmed that it’s way more versatile than you’d count on. 

Citroen C3: first report

First report: Citroen C3 supermini is the discuss of the city because it joins our fleet

Mileage: 5,703
Economic system: 40.8mpg

The phrase ‘funky’ completely describes the brand new Citroen C3. From the general design proper all the way down to the smallest touches, this automobile does issues in a different way. The styling is much from spinoff, which suggests the Citroen appears at house in fashionable metropolis centres and concrete areas – precisely the locations this newest addition to the Auto Categorical fleet has spent most of its time since we obtained the keys.

I’ve used the automobile primarily in and round London, which has given me an thought of how effectively the supermini works as a metropolis runabout.

The C3 definitely stands out from the gang; the £260 optionally available Polar White paint, pink roof and black Airbumps guarantee there’s no shedding our Aptitude-spec instance in a parking lot filled with extra uninteresting and dreary fashions. However that’s not all that’s impressed me.

Citroen enlarged the C3 with this third-generation model, which suggests it’s actually sensible. Climb inside and there’s loads of room, and I reckon I might nearly match my mountain bike within the 922-litre load bay with the seats folded down. Extra on that in later reviews, however I’ve been actually stunned by how spacious the brand new C3 is.

The 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol is good for city driving, too. With the 1.2 PureTech 110 engine’s most torque of 205Nm produced low down, it’s peppy and good enjoyable as effectively.

The emphasis is on consolation quite than efficiency, although, in line with Citroen. The seats are delicate and cushty and the suspension set-up is good for London’s badly surfaced roads. Though greater potholes or velocity bumps can nonetheless thud into the cabin, the C3 feels softer than most of its supermini rivals. How the automobile will address a set of quicker and twistier roads will probably be one thing for later in the summertime, however for now the set-up is impressing round city.

One factor I’ve been much less wowed by is the five-speed handbook field. Second gear is a bit too lengthy, and initially I discovered myself shifting up into third too quickly, just for the revs to drop too low, which required one other change again all the way down to second.

On high of that, the shift motion is decidedly spongy and obscure, which suggests I’ve struggled to interact the gear I want on a number of events. I’ve needed to give the gearlever a number of good pushes earlier than it shifts from impartial into first, which might rapidly turn into irritating if you’re beneath stress at site visitors lights in London.

Nonetheless, it is a minor criticism of the Aptitude mannequin I’m working. This will get Citroen’s new seven-inch touchscreen, which is a spotlight, particularly with the £500 optionally available sat-nav in our automobile. As our Driver Energy 2017 satisfaction survey confirmed, vehicles that in any other case did effectively had been typically let down by a poor infotainment system.

The C3 was too new to function in our newest survey, however I think 2018’s examine will present house owners to be greater than impressed with the set-up, thanks to plain options comparable to Apple CarPlay and a reversing digital camera. I’ve additionally discovered the system responsive, which is nice within the reduce and thrust of metropolis site visitors if you’ll want to make a detour. The sharp graphics guarantee it’s straightforward to comply with your route if you do.

A function I’ve but to discover is the built-in sprint cam. Citroen is the primary producer to supply this know-how as commonplace and given their rising reputation, it’s unlikely to be the final. We charge loads of sprint cams all year long at Auto Categorical, and I’m eager to see how the Citroen’s personal gadget stands up. 

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