Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

C3: A Mini Star Turn; the CitroIn C3 Has Revolutionised the Supermini in Terms of Comfort and Refinement

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

C3: A Mini Star Turn; the CitroIn C3 Has Revolutionised the Supermini in Terms of Comfort and Refinement

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

THE CitroIn C3 seems, at first touch, as idiosyncratic as its eccentric ancestor, the CitroIn 2CV. However, they look nothing like each other, and it seemed odd that when we ran a feature on what diehard 2CV enthusiasts thought of the C3, they made a connection between the two.

Why should they? There are light years between them (a fact, we are sure, that CitroIn would be only too happy to confirm) yet when ESwheels took the C3 through the streets of London and out onto the M4 motorway, we could see their point of view.

It's tall, it's got that famous arched look, it's light of touch and the driving seat is so comfortable that it would feel at home in my lounge.

Just like the seating in the old 2CV. Once we had spent some time with the C3, and we will be reporting on its performance and impact over a period of time, its strengths were that of a thoroughly modern, cutting-edge supermini that happens to be in the right place at the right time.

The C3's timing is perfect because this could be the direction all cars are headed: the high-spec, supermini that is as at home in the city centre as on the motorway. It's comfortable and airy inside, and - abreast of social mores - it's tall. That seems to be the buzz word in new-car production - that you give those inside the car some headroom. Long overdue, we hear you say. Well, yes, and in the case of the C3 not only does it have what used to be known as "elbow room" inside, it also can accommodate the unvertically challenged among us with aplomb. No mean feat for a car that's the tiddler of the bunch.

So, after our trip down memory lane, and visions of CitroIns passim, we started to get to grips with the C3, testing it in a variety of situations.

Most common to the majority of us is urban/city driving and, naturally, this involves a lot of stopping and starting.

How comfortable were we with that? Well, the diesel version C3 test car is supremely light of touch.

The steering gives the driver great, fuss-free control, though we did find the brakes oversensitive.

The 1.4 HDi diesel engine - very refined and economical - takes a bit of getting used to: one aspect of it is (and this is another surprise) that it actually needs a smidgen of time warming up. …

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