Control panel for the instrument is laid out and beautifully designed. It consists of three segments in the middle is dominated by the speedometer, while the left-hand side tachometer, as the right to digitally displays fuel level, kilometers traveled, and when the cruise control function is activated. The absence of conventional engine temperature gauge was replaced with the signal lights located in the tachometer, which glows blue when the engine reached operating temperature.
Leather steering wheel fits comfortably in your hand. The lower inner frame is decorated with black plastic and is a great combination of visual and functional terms. Below the knob turn signal and wiper blades and behind the wheel, the left side there is a lever for cruise control management, as the right to control the audio system. Controls are logical and cruise quickly get accustomed to them.
Ergonomically speaking, the C3 is well made and everything is close at hand driver. The controls for raising the front windows are located on the driver's door, and there are immediate and controls for adjusting electric side mirrors. Armrest on the top side covered with a cloth, a lever handle can be controlled without lifting your hands from the back, but only a simple shift hands. The seats are very comfortable and solidly adhere the body, and even on longer trips do not tire the body.
The spaciousness of the front at a high level and more people without problems can comfortably accommodate, while the rear a little less room for passengers, but still enough so that even senior members of our editorial board did not have a sense of lack of space. The luggage compartment has a high volume of 300 liters which is the largest amount in the class of city vehicles, so it will meet the transportation and larger amounts of luggage. In the case of overlapping the rear seats, the volume of cargo space grows to a high 1300 liters.
The sound of the engine at low revs it is almost inaudible, and any long or short trips, with quality sound audio system, a delight in the new C3. This car has the best sound insulation in the class that contributes significantly to the feeling that you are riding in a larger and more expensive car than it really is C3. Not even a little noisier diesel engine did not interfere with comfort when it comes to noise in the cabin.
Driveline and drivetrain
Citroen C3 tested had a 1.4-liter HDi engine that does its job very fair, economical and reliable, and delivers 70 hp (50 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 160 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. On the new C3 engine power and torque delivered linearly, so therefore the characteristics of the engine very well expressed. Maximum speed is 164 km / h and accelerates from 0-100 km / h in 13.7 seconds, which is solid considering his weight. When it comes to flexibility, the C3 1.4 HDi engine achieves međuubrzanja evenly and did not significantly slow when overtaking other vehicles.
Although perhaps 70 hp engine at first glance does not appear convincing enough, the engine is very smooth and well worn with a body C3, even on highways at higher speeds. In doing so, it is very important, the engine is very noisy, a Manual transmission peterobrzinski awesome power and torque to the front wheels and has good ratios, so we have not even felt the need for a six-speed transmission. We believe that the courses of transmission and accurate as they should be for such a car - neither too short nor too long.
For a city car, C3 is far from the competition in terms of comfort. Softer suspension perfectly absorbs bumps in the road and makes the journey enjoyable. Body is leaning in a curve which at first may give the impression of instability in the vehicle, but the feeling after a few kilometers away. Citroën C3 has previously demonstrated a very dynamic and stable (test C3 1.4 VTi) even on very twisty roads, regardless of the softer tuned suspension and a slight body roll, and it adds a very precise control. All in all, its comfort C3 exceeds the vast majority of cars that are even above its class.