Flair models come with some of the more headline-grabbing equipment. The entry-level C3 gets 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, but all other editions get alloy wheels. Pull-up sun shades can be easily attached, through suction cups, to the passenger windows to combat this problem. Beyond that, you can go pretty wild with the options list, with a multitude of paint colours to choose from, as well as contrasting roof, mirror and trim shades. Retractable Windscreen Sun Shade To prevent the glare of the sun from making the car feel like a furnace and from damaging the fabric in its interior, a retractable windscreen shade provides ideal protection, allowing you to leave your car in the sunshine for as long as you need to. Upgrade to a Feel or Flair model and you can also ditch the Mica grey seats in entry-level models for one of four interior styling packs including Metropolitan Grey, Urban Red, Hype Mistral, and Hype Colorado.
Those wanting better sound should consider the optional bass box, which fits in the boot and costs £275. These are 16-inch items on mid-spec Feel and range-topping Flair, although they can be upgraded further to 17-inch diamond-cut items. It looks much nicer than the basic system — even if its graphics are relatively low-resolution — and is easy enough to use on the move thanks to shortcut keys that let you skip between menus and a physical volume knob rather than annoying touch sensitive buttons. It looks great though, with some fabric trim pieces, two-tone interior colour schemes and heavily sculpted air vents. Image 34 of 36 There are some soft-touch materials around the fascia, but the main plastics — those on top of the dashboard and those in the door linings — are hard, although nicely textured. While the C3 used to be an also-ran in the supermini class, the current car is a strong contender for overall honours in the sector.
It comes in Touch, Feel and Flair trims, while special models such as the Elle and Origins celebrating Citroen's 120th anniversary in 2019 come and go from the range. Below, we list just ten of the many accessories that are on the market to make our time behind the wheel more of a pleasure than a pain. Inside, different colour interior trim is offered, while options include a panoramic roof, keyless starting and even a built-in dash cam. Instead, Citroen has tried to embody one of its core brand values with the C3: comfort. There are a few neat touches that help the C3 to stand apart, though. You also get some leather trim around the gearknob and steering wheel.
We spend a great deal of time in the car. Prices start from a tad over £12,000, but even the well-equipped Flair Nav Edition at the top of the range doesn't break £19,000. Urban Red as its name suggests brings darker red to the interior shades. The top-spec version even has a removable scented pod, which wafts its fragrance through the air vents. The centre stack is dominated by a touchscreen infotainment system, which, while we have reservations about the way it works, does at least keep much of the rest of the fascia free from switchgear. The 2017 Citroen C3 is seen as the most important model for the French factory, which is meant to lead the next generation of their vehicles and to create serious competition for and.
Airbumps are standard for the Flair trims, or can be added to Feel models for £300. It also comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, so you can mirror the screen of your smartphone for things like satellite navigation and music streaming. Here it comes in 68, 82 and 110 guises, and the last of these gives the C3 great performance, while economy is on a par with the less powerful engines courtesy of standard-fit stop-start. Both front seats are very comfortable and the view out for the driver is excellent, too. Bluetooth Car Location System To avoid having to search for the car in a crowded car park, a Bluetooth car location system marks the location of the vehicle when it is parked. Automatic models will be available at a later date after the new C3 is officially launched. Lumbar Support Cushion Many of us suffer from back pain and this can be exacerbated by spending time in the car.
The dashboard contains the air vents and, in higher-spec models, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There's a host of personalisation on offer, including a broad variety of colours, plus black, white or red contrast roof options. Price will most likely stay unchanged compared to the previous installment and will be around £11,000. The dials are clear and easy to read, while the rest of the fascia and the centre console is pleasingly uncluttered. Even the entry-level Citroen C3 Aircross has a pleasing interior, with a dashboard design that leans heavily on a funky rectangular theme. If you buy or lease a car you will arrange to do so directly with the dealership.
The touchscreen is easy to operate on the move for the most part, although it's frustrating that the climate control functions are hidden within the screen, instead of having physical buttons or dials. The Citroen C3 competes in one of the most hotly contested areas of the car market:. C3 will be offered, same as the last model was, only with five doors. Engine In the engine department, we are going to see some familiar options. Exterior Citroen C3 carries on its family style and design, first seen on the new C4 Picasso while also taking some design cues from a little more peculiar C4 Cactus model. The cupholders, for example, are barely big enough for cups, let alone anything extra.
Smartphone connectivity is reasonable, with CarPlay catering for Apple users and Android Auto for Android users. Which incidentally they do have in the Vauxhall Crossland X. However, the C3's unique style means it offers something distinctly different to its rivals in the class. This means you'll have to take your eyes of the road to adjust something as simple as the temperature. This can run Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving you nav, traffic and connectivity. As well as all this, there are 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, rear electric windows and power-adjustable door mirrors.
The Flair Nav Edition gets the obvious addition of sat nav, but also brings a host of active safety equipment to help prevent collisions. The trim that tops Citroen C3 offerings is Hype Colorado that offers leather steering wheel and materials of the highest quality used across the cabin. Those figures put it right at the top of its class — — and touches such as a false boot floor for easy loading and a front passenger seat that folds down completely flat advance its cause even further. What might seem like a little bit unusual is that, for starters, there will be only manual transmission offered. Running gear includes a platform that is a development of the C3 Mk2.
As part of the range progression, the most powerful engines aren't available in entry-level Touch models, while the smaller motors don't appear in Flair models. On the inside Layout, finish and space Citroen has no interest in making cars that follow the usual black-technical automotive norms. This useful interior accessory is also available for the passenger seats. There are silver accents here and there too. The £380 Hype Colorado theme goes a little bit further, replacing some of the hard plastics with soft-to-the-touch ones, adding a big swathe of gold across the dashboard, a two-tone black-gold leather-trimmed steering wheel and throwing in a front centre armrest for good measure. The back seat, optionally, will split and slide and recline to divide space between people and boot.