C3 shows the way ahead

Bray People - - MOTORINGEXTRA - Com­piled by David Tucker. Email: david.tucker@peo­ple­news.ie

DRIV­ING the new Citroen C3 on a fine, bright spring morn­ing was an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence - in­ter­est­ing be­cause with the huge panoramic wind­screen in front and above it was more like tak­ing a trip in a lowfly­ing he­li­copter.

The vis­i­bil­ity is amaz­ing and just in case the sun gets too bright - some hope - there is a slide out panel in the roof that brings the screen to a more ‘nor­mal’ size.

It’s a great fea­ture and adds to the feel­ing that you are driv­ing some­thing just that lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent and cerainly sets a bench­mark for in­no­va­tion.

The VTR+ model I was driv­ing, pro­vided by Diar­muid Byre from J.J.Byrne Car Sales, in Wex­ford, was pow­ered by the very ef­fi­cient 1.4 litre HDi diesel unit that has won the group so many ac­co­lades for its per­for­mance and fru­gal­ity.

Citroen boasts that the 8V 70hp en­gine can achieve more than 65 mpg while still prov­ing enough torque and power for mod­ern driv­ing on town and coun­try roads.

I had thought I might find the C3 small, but the op­po­site was the case with plenty of space both front and rear and the panoramic screen and large side and rear glassed ar­eas lighten- ing the space con­sid­er­ably.

On the road, the Citroen drove ex­tremely well al­though its 0-100 km/h time of plus or mi­nus 14 sec­onds is never go­ing to set the world on fire.

How­ever most peo­ple who drive a C3 would not be buy­ing it for its per­for­mance, but rather for its space and easy driv­ing abil­i­ties.

One thing I didn’t like was the front seat de­sign, par­tic­u­larly the poor level of back sup­port and given Citroen’s years of ex­pe­ri­ence in pro­duc­ing ul­tra-com­fort­ably cars there is sim­ply no ex­cuse.

The VTR+ model is a safe driv­ing en­vi­ron­ment, pro­tect­ing the car’s oc­cu­pants with six airbags in­clud­ing two cur­tain airbags, and other safety fea­tures in­clud­ing emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance.

The C3 is at­trac­tively styled and would cer­tainly ap­peal to both some­one with a young fam­ily and a re­tired cou­ple looking for a eco­nom­i­cal, good looking model that will pro­vide years of safe motoring.

For the sporty mo­torist the new DS3 looks the busi­ness.

I haven’t had the op­por­tu­nity drive one yet but it looks fan­tas­tic with the kind of quirky de­sign fea­tures for which the French and Citroen have few peers.

Prices for the C3 range start at €14,900, with the two petrol en­gined mod­els fall­ing into the B road tax band and the diesels - which have emis­sions of only 113 grammes of C02 per kilo­me­tre - sit­ting firmly in the cheapest A cat­e­gory.

The new Citroen C3 can de­liver con­sump­tion of more than 65 mpg.

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