The 2020 Citroën C3

Citroën C3 Range Updated For 2020

The 2020 Citroën C3
The 2020 Citroën C3 will arrive in Ireland this summer

Citroën Ireland has announced details of the updated Citroën C3 hatchback, which will arrive in Ireland this July for the 202 registration plate.

For 2020, Citroën promises that the C3 will have even more personality and customisation. Styling updates include a new chrome strip extending upwards into LED daytime running lights to form a new front-end design. The newly designed headlamps also come with LED technology on all trim levels for the first time.

The number of colour customisation options available has gone from 36 to 97 combinations with new body colours, roof combinations, wing mirror casings and coloured inserts on the fog lights and the Airbump® surround. There are also new 16" and 17" alloy wheel designs.

On the inside, the 2020 Citroën C3 will have two new optional interior colour choices and enhanced technology thanks to a 7’’ touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto. Advanced Comfort Seats, which are part of the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme and previously seen on the new C5 Aircross SUV and C4 Cactus are now available for the first time on the new C3. These seats provide enhanced comfort with padding, lumbar support and a special 15 mm surface foam for "unrivalled softness".

The updated interior for the 2020 Citroën C3
The updated interior for the 2020 Citroën C3

Other equipment includes front parking sensors, keyless entry and start, hill start assist, active safety brake, road sign recognition, auto dimming full beam headlights and to ensure safety in the event of an incident, Citroën ConnectedCAM, Citroën’s factory fitted dashcam.  Citroën has confirmed that Aviva Ireland offers C3 customers a 10% insurance discount on their annual premium.

The engine line-up will remain the same with petrol and diesel options, but more transmission combinations will be added such as the PureTech petrol 110hp engine matched to an EAT6 automatic transmission or coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

In 2019, the C3 was Citroën's bestselling model in Ireland, accounting for 21% of the brand's passenger car sales. Order books for the new C3 will open in June with first vehicles arriving in Ireland in July.

Prices and specifications will be announced in late April.

Pat Ryan, Managing Director of Citroën Ireland, said:

“Following a strong January performance which saw our passenger car volume increase by over 67% we are delighted at the timing of the new C3 which will boost our momentum even further. The new C3 offers a unique look, a new front-end identity, more customisation and enhanced comfort and technology to benefit the everyday user. Our brand slogan is “Inspired By You" and with 97 colour customisation features available on the new C3 this is very much true as each customer can individually pick a colour combination to best express themselves.”

More customisation for the new C3
More customisation for the new C3

Citroen C3 Review Ireland

Citroen C3 Review

Citroen is a brand currently on something of a reinvention with a renewed focus on creating cars that major on design, comfort and technology. The quirky Citroen C4 Cactus of 2014 may have made many more traditional buyers feel uncomfortable with its avant-garde looks, ‘evil eye’ headlamps, and innovative plastic Airbumps stuck to the side, but it’s this sort of bold design that Citroen believe will help their products stand out in the market and drive their sales in the right direction (up!).

The C4 Cactus was bold, but definitely not beautiful. The new Citroen C3 is far more palatable, taking many of the same crossover-style design cues from the C4 Cactus – raised ride height, lashings of plastic cladding and of course the Airbumps – but wrapped up as a cuter and more compact B segment supermini. This segment is highly competitive with many credible competitors. But on looks alone the new Citroen C3 won’t be easily forgotten. Personalisation and the desire to exert some creativity on a car is also a key element of Citroen C3 ownership, and there are a number of cool bi-colour combinations to choose from.

Citroen C3 Review Ireland
Interior of new Citroen C3

Inside the C3 has all the ingredients to become a little of a style icon. Citroen’s designers drew inspiration from home interior design with an emphasis on creating an uncluttered cabin. The attention to detail in the design is marvellous and it’s a very pleasant environment with beautifully soft seats and neat design details like the oblong shaped air vents. In the spirit of keeping things uncluttered, most of the controls are managed from a touchscreen in the centre of the dash. The ventilation controls and air con are controlled from here too, which is a little fiddly. Tapping on a screen is never quite as practical as turning a dial.

In terms of interior space, driver and passenger are well-accommodated for, while rear seating space is also competitive for this segment. The boot is a good 300 litres, but there is quite a high load lip.

There are three trim levels for new Citroen C3 in Ireland: Touch (from €15,490), Feel (from €16,990) and Flair (from €18,990). Standard equipment includes cruise control, USB socket for media streaming and Bluetooth handsfree, and safety features like lane departure warning and a coffee break alert. Feel is the sweet spot of the range adding 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, the 7-inch touchscreen with Mirror Screen and Apple Car Play, and automatic air conditioning. Top spec Flair models add 17-inch alloy wheels, black Airbumps, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. There’s also a ConnectedCAM positioned below the rear view mirror. It can take photos and videos that can then be shared on social media using an app or saved as evidence in the event of an accident.

Citroen C3 Review Ireland
There are a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines available for the new Citroen C3

In terms of engines, the new C3 is offered with 68hp, 82hp or 110hp 1.2-litre petrol engines or BlueHDi diesel engines with 75hp or 100hp.

My test car had the 1.2-litre 110bhp turbo petrol engine that we’ve sampled before in the Peugeot 208. It’s priced from €20,890 and carries a premium over the lower powered naturally aspirated petrol engines but it is a great choice if you value performance matched with low running costs. It’s really nippy at low speeds around town but robust enough to be perfect out of town too.

Comfort has been a key quality for Citroen in the development of the new C3 and it really shows: it’s so stable and composed, and deals with the roughest of Irish roads exceptionally well for a small car. The negative side of this is that the Citroen C3 is not the sportiest drive among its competitors, but Citroen has not set out to be this. There is body roll in the corners if you push it, and while the steering is light and makes the car easy to manouvre at low speeds, there is not much in the way of feedback. Yet there is still charm to this small car that helps forgive a lot of these ails.

Citroen C3 Review Ireland
The Citroen C3 is one of the boldest superminis out there and is a relaxing and comfortable drive

There is a revolution going on at Citroen and the brand evidently has a clear vision of the type of cars they want to produce. The C3 is a wonderful execution of this plan and manages to be distinctly different in a segment crowded with competitors. The 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine is definitely a bonus here and makes the C3 good fun to drive even if the steering and handling is weak compared to the best in the supermini segment. But this is a resolutely comfortable small car that’s easy to drive with a distinct personality and a stylish minimialist cabin. It won’t be for everyone but if you are looking for a small car there is now a very good reason to visit your Citroen dealer.

Caroline Kidd

Model Tested: Citroen C3 1.2 Puretech 110bhp Flair
€20,990 (Range starts at €15,490)
1.2-litre, three cylinder turbo petrol
Torque: 205Nm
 9.3 seconds
Top speed: 188km/h
CO2 Emissions: 
Motor Tax: 
€190 per year

If you're looking for a small petrol car you might also like this review of the Peugeot 208.

Citroen C3 Ireland

Irish Pricing For New Citroën C3

The new Citroën C3 is available to order in Ireland now with pricing starting from €15,490.

The new supermini from the French carmaker will be available in Touch, Feel and Flair trims.

The Touch trim starts at €15,490 with standard equipment including cruise control, USB socket for media streaming and Bluetooth handsfree, and safety features like lane departure warning and a coffee break alert.

Feel trim (from €16,990) adds 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, 7-inch touchscreen with Mirror Screen and Apple Car Play, and automatic air conditioning.

At launch, there is a free Style Pack worth €500 on Feel models, which adds Airbumps to the side of your new Citroën C3  and a bi-tone roof colour option, with other colour touches applied to the body of the car.  The door mirrors and foglight surrounds match the colour of the roof and when a Sport Red or Opal White roof is selected, a matching colour highlight appears on the Airbump. When a black roof is selected, a white highlight appears on the Airbump.

The top of the range Flair starts from €18,990 with black Airbumps as standard, 17-inch alloy wheels, ConnectedCAM Citroën™, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.

ConnectedCAM Citroën™ uses a fully integrated camera, located behind the rear view mirror, to capture images and video that can instantly be shared on social media channels, or saved as evidence in the event of an accident.

Options for the new Citroën C3 include voice controlled 3D navigation, a reversing camera, keyless entry and start, and blind-spot monitoring.

PureTech petrol engines with 68hp, 75hp, 82hp or 110hp and BlueHDi diesel Euro 6 engines with 75hp or 100hp will be available for the new Citroën C3. Citroën Ireland predict that sales of petrol engines will increase on the new C3. Petrols are available from €15,490, while diesels are available from €17,890.

Managing Director, Chris Graham, Citroën Ireland commented, “The New Citroën C3 is the most significant launch for Citroën in Ireland in the past six years, offering a stand-out new option for customers in the B-hatchback segment. We are very excited about the potential of the New C3, offering such a high level of technology and a host of stylish options at a competitive price, we expect it to attract many new customers to the Citroën showrooms. This one is a real show stopper, so I would encourage customers to contact their local dealership so they can be one of the first to test drive this impressive New C3.”

Caroline Kidd

Nissan Micra

6 Ordinary Heroes From 2016 Paris Motor Show

Forget the supercars and concepts! Here are my picks of the best ordinary cars from the 2016 Paris Motor Show. These six will be arriving in Ireland over the coming months and into 2017.

1.Suzuki Ignis 

Suzuki Ignis
The Suzuki Ignis, a funky new compact crossover

One of my stars of this year's show, Suzuki has given new life to the Ignis name in the form of a new compact crossover. The Ignis will be arriving in Ireland in early 2017 and has a cute and quirky presence. Customisation will be a key feature with the option of two tone colour schemes (with a black roof) and accent colours in the cabin. Four wheel drive will be available and power will come from a 1.2-litre petrol engine.

2.Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra
The Nissan Micra has gone all cool and edgy for the first time in its history

There was a big surprise on the Nissan stand with the unveiling of Generation 5 of the long standing Micra. For the first time the Nissan Micra is a cool and edgy affair, and some of the cars on display sported daring colours and youthful colour accents. The interior design and quality looks a huge step forward for the supermini. At launch, the car will offer the choice of a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel, both developing 90hp. The range will be joined soon after by a naturally aspirated 73hp 1.0-litre petrol engine.

3.Citroen C3

Citroen C3
The Citroen C3 has crossover inspired styling

Citroen released photos of the new C3 a few months ago but this was the first time to see it in the metal and this will really be one to watch. This car looks far better in reality and is something refreshingly different in this segment with crossover inspired styling. A look inside reveals a smart interior with stylish colour accents and neat design details.

4.Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008
The Peugeot 3008 will be arriving in Ireland in December

This was the first time for us to explore the new 3008 SUV in the metal and it looks really promising. Peugeot have been talking a lot about a move upmarket, and the 3008 looks like a really well polished vehicle with crisp styling and a stunning cabin based around Peugeot's next generation of the i-Cockpit. This will be an interesting entrant to the C-segment SUV market when it arrives in Ireland in December.

5.Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq
The new Skoda Kodiaq is another one to watch - more subdued colours will be available!

Skoda has been leading an epic build up campaign to the Kodiaq. Photos of the new seven seater were released a few weeks ago but this was my first time to look around the car. Interior space is exceptionally good, even in the third row, while there is decent cargo space  with the third row of seats in place. The interior quality seems really good too and on the outside the Kodiaq has the same premium look as the new Skoda Superb.  Bound to be a hit if the pricing is good.

6.Honda Civic

Honda Civic
This is the Type R version of the new Honda Civic - the standard car will be a bit tamer!

The Honda Civic has matured and is looking more 'normal' now than it has since the mid-Noughties, which should mean that there will be less of a Marmite reaction to the car. The Civic has always been a fine car but did it always get the attention it deserved? Less polemic styling should certainly help. New turbo petrol engines are promised too so the engine line up should be competitive to what else is knocking about in this segment. Cabin space seems generous too.

Caroline Kidd

Citroen C3 WRC concept car

Let's Go Racing! New Citroen C3 WRC Concept Car

Citroen has released the first images of the Citroen C3 WRC concept car ahead of its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Designed by the Citroen style centre in partnership with Citroën Racing, the concept car offers an extreme version of new Citroen C3.

The C3 WRC concept car heralds the arrival of Citroen’s new rally car that will compete for the first time in the World Rally Championship (WRC) at the Monte Carlo Rally in January 2017. The Citroen team has won eight WRC manufacturers’ titles and holds 96 rally wins, and will be vying for more success when the new C3 WRC car hits the stages.

We are told that the concept car that will be unveiled at Paris is very close to the finished WRC challenger. Based on the new C3 supermini, this more hardcore rally version shares a lot of style features with the production model: two-level light signature, two-tone body/roof and accents matching the colours of the roof.

Citroen C3 WRC concept car
New Citroen C3 WRC will debut on the stages in 2017

The exterior also stands out with a chassis 55mm larger than the new C3, for more aerodynamic freedom including a spoiler for the front bumper. The wing mirrors have been sculpted from carbon for a real racing look and come in yellow to echo one of the colours available for the new C3.

The final racing version of the Citroen C3 WRC will have enhanced engine power of around 380bhp and a electronic differential control.

Watch a video of the new Citroen C3 WRC concept car in action:

Caroline Kidd