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Citroen C3 turbo & naturally aspirated: Impressions after a test drive

The ride comfort over any sort of surface is absolutely magical. One doesn't feel any of the undulations, bumps and broken surfaces.

BHPian shankar.balan recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

I went with my Dad to test drive the C3 today. Pure curiosity. And I love the marque for its history and innovation. We drove both, the naturally aspirated and turbo versions.

I have only a few points to make as a set of very short first impressions:

  • The driving position, headroom, back support, view and under thigh support are first class.
  • The steering feel is excellent (perhaps just a tad light but that's amazing when the car is at a standstill and one has to maneuver).
  • The ride comfort over any sort of surface is absolutely magical. One doesn't feel any of the undulations, bumps and broken surfaces. And this applies to both front and rear seats.
  • The turning radius is amazing.
  • The boot space is more than adequate.
  • While the turbo is nice, punchy and responsive, I appreciate the naturally aspirated version as well - it isn't a terrible laggard in that sense especially considering that these are primarily going to be city use cars.
  • The gears are soft and smooth shifting if a trifle tall-ish and I quite enjoyed chucking the little car about.
  • I am appreciative of the handling, though tall it doesn't feel top heavy.
  • The manual adjusting outside mirrors are ok for a tall person, but not for a small built person.

Pricing and all is a bit off centre. And while the concept of offering everything as an accessory is a good idea, they ought to have read India better- we want everything included at the best price… even to the extent of demanding free steering cover and foot mats and all, so they are going to have to surmount these mind set obstacles.

And they really ought to have offered an AT variant, considering the tectonic shift that our market is experiencing towards AT.

But all in all, it is a decent option to consider as a no nonsense and comfortable city car.

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