Citroen’s C3is full of flair
GOOGLE flair and you will get the following definition.
“A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.”
That is a perfect way to describe Citroen for what it has achieved with the latest C3 model.
And the second meaning states “stylishness and origi-nality” – just like the new supermini.
The third-generation C3 arrived in the UK in January and I have just been sampling a top-of-the-range Flair S&S version.
There are three trim levels – Touch, Feel and Flair – with on-the-road prices starting at £10,995.
Engine choices are three petrol – 1.2-litre PureTech three-cylinder with 68hp, 82hp or 110hp – and two diesel – 1.6-litre BlueHDi 75hp or 100hp.
The C3 has been a little star for Citroen since its launch in 2002 with more than 3.6 million worldwide sales.
And UK motorists have been responsible for buying 200,000 of the company’s best-selling model.
The C3 stands out from its competitors when it comes to styling with the cactus airbump panels carried over from the C4.
It looks a little like a small SUV with its bold stance and wheel arch extensions.
And there are lots of choices for buyers to personalise their models with three roof colours and nine body colours, providing a total of 36 colour combinations.
The test car was a little stunner – in polar white paint with onyx black roof.
There was an interior to match which included the Hype Colorado Ambience £380 option.
The special grey/silver upholstery, with its orange and cream leather, along with coloured fascia and two-tone leather-covered steering wheel, definitely have the wow factor.
The most powerful 110hp turbo petrol engine was under the bonnet of the test car and it was ideal in this little model.
It left the blocks pretty smartly with a standstill to 62mph sprint time of 9.3 seconds and proved punchy enough in mid-range.
Capable of a117mph top speed, the C3 was also quiet and smooth when driving at motorway speeds.
It was ideal in the city with easy, light steering when parking in tight spaces.
Handling was firm and responsive as I put the C3 through its paces out in the country.
It held the tarmac well at speed and the five-speed manual gearbox allowed slick up and down changes.
This latest arrival is a car with lots of fun factor – and it isn’t short of high-tech either.
More and more gismos and gadgets continue to appear in new models and Connec-tedCAM Citroen technology makes its debut in C3.
This wide-angle HD camera is positioned behind the rear-view mirror and can take photos or videos that can be instantly shared on social media.
It’s a handy dashcam if you’re involved in an on-road incident and has GPS that can also locate the vehicle.
A seven-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard gives access to controls, including satnav, media screening, DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple Car and also allows voice control com-mands.
All models get a high standard spec and those on my £16,425 Flair are far too extensive to list.
Some of the comfort, driving and safety items included rear parking sensors, reversing camera, cruise control with speed limiter, lane departure warning, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, front and rear one-touch electric windows, steering mounted controls, LED daytime running lights and front fog lights.
There’s 22mm more rear legroom than in the previous model and a decent 300-litres boot, extending to 922 litres with rear seats down.
Citroen’s latest C3 is a colourful little car that is big on all-round quality as well as style – and comes with lots of fun factor.