Original as only the Citroen (sometimes) know to be, the new 2018 Citroen C3 Puretech is inspired by the older sister C4 Cactus, and as she is characterized by the air bump, the bearings in polyurethane foam that protect the bodywork from the small bumps and give them a look from the crossover. The engine of the Citroen C3 1.2 PureTech 110 is a 3-cylinder turbocharged 110 CV and 205 nm that promises good performance and low consumption.
2018 Citroen C3 Puretech Redesign, Spaces
As a small crossover, with the bodywork slightly raised and the airbump, which are not present on the entry version. Without those air-filled bearings, the new Citroen C3 loses much of its charm. They are a must have, no doubt. The bodywork, in any case, surprises for originality, and in the bi-color tint, better if with bright tints, it is noted.
It has no premium ambition for the small double chevron crossover. The plastics on the plank are stiff, and those looking for valuable materials would do better to look at the DS3 cousin, who, on the other hand, has a rather outdated and messy plank setting. The cockpit of the 2018 Citroen C3 Puretech brings joy, and is not little: it is colorful, cozy, original at least as the shapes of the bodywork, and customizable; The central fascia of the plank can be chosen in different shades, even in fabric.
New Citroen C3 Puretech Dimensions
Space abounds for 4 passengers, minus 5. The seats are wide and soft, the driving position is well adjustable. Compared to the C4 cactus, minimalist par excellence, the C3 is more functional. First, the steering is also adjustable in depth (on the C4 No) and the rear windows can be lowered (on the C4 are compasses). A defect that is common to them are the controls of the audio system and the air conditioner, both enclosed in the central screen. The operations are a bit cumbersome and not immediate.
Among the technological accessories that will please the Millennials, always connected and wherever they are: the ConnectedCAM, a camera that can take photos and record video in HD of maximum duration of 20 seconds, simply by pressing a key in the cockpit. Photos and videos, recorded in front of the car, can be shared on social channels. And in the event of an accident, the ConnectedCAM stores the previous 30 seconds and the 60 after the impact. A good advantage, in case of problems related to guilt.
2018 Citroen C3 Puretech Reviews, Opinion
In the comfort theme, my expectations when I have to put myself behind a Citroen are very high. From this point of view the new 2018 Citroen C3 Puretech is at the height of the crest printed on the front grille. First of all for its ability to dampen the disconnections of the road, then for the space available also on the rear sofa. Also the main controls are soft, although the clutch is a bit ‘ gummy ‘ and the gearbox has a very long stroke.
The engine 1.2 PureTech is a 3-cylinder turbo gasoline from 110 hp and 205 nm; It is not sporty but has a great ability to resume at very low revs, even when you find yourself in the fourth under the 1,500 laps. It is brilliant, reaches 188 km/h of maximum speed and snaps from 0 to 100 in 9.3 seconds. In short, this version of the new C3 is exploitable in every route, even on the highway. At high speeds you can feel the typical rombosità of the 3 cylinders, which still remains discreet thanks to a good sound proofing.
The return to gasoline engines is already a reality, after throughout Europe it seemed that cars had to be diesel, even for the retiree that uses it once a week. The problem, after being accustomed to the powerful pair of turbo diesels, is the laziness of the “old” gasoline engines naturally aspirated.
The answer is the turbo, and the 1.2 PureTech of the new Citroen C3 is an excellent alternative to the diesel version, the ideal one if you are running at least 15,000 km per year. It is pleasant, resumes with ease without resorting to change, consumes little. Already, the 3-cylinder turbo gasoline is really sober: you do without problems 16-18 km/L real media, with tips of 20 km/l on the highways. In the homologation cycle it is given for nearly 22 km/L.
2018 Citroen C3 Puretech Prices
The Citroen C3 1.2 PureTech 110 shine costs 17,000 euros, while in the setting feel you go down to 15,750 euros. The difference lies in the standard equipment, and in this case it is worth pointing to the shine that adds the Airbump, the 7-inch screen, the automatic air conditioner, the parking sensors, and the black roof in contrast with the bodywork. The GPS navigator with maps of Europe is an optional from 750 euros, and the ConnectedCAM costs 500 euros.
The alternatives are many in this segment. We start from the French: the Renault Clio and the Peugeot 208 are the two alternatives “different”, both with style (and character) more sporty, and both less original than C3. The 208 is available with the same engine 1.2 3 cylinders from 110 hp of C3, while the most similar Clio for power is the 1.2 Tce 4-cylinder 120 CV.
The 3-cylinder turbo depopulated and are also available on the Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI by 110 CV, on the new Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBost from 100 and 125 HP, and on the Kia Rio 1.0 T-GDI from 100 hp. Those looking for a utilitarian outside the choir. Original, with a crossover style, colorful (if you have the courage to dare) and comfortable.
2018 Citroen C3 Puretech Pros and Cons
- it has an original style, welcoming and customizable interiors
- it is brilliant and above all very comfortable
- The controls enclosed in the touch screen are uncomfortable and not intuitive
- The shift stroke is long