Bienvenue à la Citroën C3 en Irlande

On the road since 2002, Citroën have sold over 6,000 C3s to Irish customers. Now available to the Irish market is the new Citroën C3.

Priced from €15,490, the new B-segment hatchback is a fresh look to the usual suspects like the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta. The car is available in three trim levels; Touch, Feel and Flair. With three roof and nine body colours to choose from, a possible 27 colour combinations are possible.

Citroën are aiming the new hatchback at younger buyers which is evident from the brave design. Citroën’s wacky and unique design language started out with the Cactus back in 2014 with the introduction of the Airbump panels. The idea behind the bubble wrap-like side trim bits are to protect the car from small tips, like from a shopping trolleys, for example. The Airbump panels are available as an option on the C3.

Inside, three interior ambiances are available; Urban Red, Colorado Tan and  Mica Grey. Much like the Cactus, the C3’s centre console is uncluttered thanks to the 7-inch touch screen. Everything, except for the hazards, windscreen demister and several other functions, are controlled from the touch screen. It is easy to navigate so you don’t find yourself getting lost in different menus unlike some other infotainment systems on the market. The seats are made partly with memory foam so are supposedly good for longer journeys.

In the rear, passengers will be thankful of the extra 22mm of extra leg room on the previous model. The boot has 300l available therefore making it on par with the Clio and up 10l on the Fiesta.

The C3’s pièce de résistance is ConnectedCam. This is a built in camera behind the rear view mirror that can be used as a dash cam or for taking pictures that can be added to social media.

As for the engines, the C3 is available with 3 petrols and 2 diesels and customers have the choice of either a 5 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic. The petrol engines range from 68hp to 110hp and the diesel from 75hp to 100hp.

Citroën predict that by the end of 2017 they will have registered 550 new C3s. What do you think? Do you like the new C3?