Citroen jumps queue
WE’VE heard a lot lately about sexy inner urban runabouts like the Smart Fortwo, Nissan Micra and Mazda2, but the fanfare surrounding newer arrivals has overshadowed other similar-sized vehicles that are just as worthy.
The Citroen C3 is a case in point. It has been around since 2003 but because relatively few are sold, it has been sent to the back of the desirability queue.
However, it’s worth a look, particularly in the new 1.6-litre HDi turbo-diesel form.
At $23,990 this pocket rocket is a worthy commuter. The usual suite of airbags, anti-skid brakes and four-star crash rating provide reassurance. And the torquey 1.6 delivers 66kW at 4000 revs and 215Nm from 1750 revs.
This means once the engine hits a sweet spot about 2000 revs you’d better hold on. The C3 will rocket away from the traffic lights and is a surprisingly refined open-road cruiser, with plenty of overtaking might in the crucial 80km/h to 110km/h range.
Some aspects of the interior, such as the digital speedo and strip rev counter, date the little five-door, but a welcome surprise are the comfy seats and plush ride.
Economy? Well, expect better than 4.4 litres for 100km around town, dropping to 3.7 litres for 100km on the highway.
Worth a look: at $23,990, the pocket-rocket Citroen C3 has proved a worthy commuter.
Family fast: the $42,990 Ford Falcon offers a turbocharged 4.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine.