Citroën C3 hatchback - Interior & comfort
Comfort is the calling card of the new Citroen C3, while the interior is funky and stylish
Both front seats are very comfortable and the view out for the driver is excellent, too. You’ll be able to find a really good driving position, thanks to the standard fitment of a reach and height-adjustable steering wheel.
There’s a sense of style in there, as well, with the option of a few ‘Ambiances’ giving each car a unique feel, while details like fabric straps instead of plastic door pulls give the C3 a sense of character that’s not as prevalent in other cars in this class.
Citroen C3 dashboard
There’s no denying that inside the Citroen C3 is a nice place to be. Everything is easy to use, while it’s stylish, too. The dashboard contains the air vents and, in higher-spec models, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The touchscreen is easy to operate on the move for the most part, although it's frustrating that the climate control functions are hidden within the screen, instead of having physical buttons or dials. This means you'll have to take your eyes off the road to adjust something as simple as the temperature.
Depending on which ‘Ambiance’ you go for, the dashboard comes in a variety of colours and materials – grey, red, and yellow all feature. The dials are clear and easy to read, while the rest of the fascia and the centre console is pleasingly uncluttered. Okay, some of the plastics don’t feel quite as high-quality as you'll find in the likes of the Volkswagen Polo or Audi A1, but they'll pass muster against much of the rest of the class.
You can now choose between three different trim levels – Feel, an Origins edition and Flair Plus. Previous entry-level Touch models are no longer offered as most buyers went for the top trims. All C3s therefore come well equipped with the likes of a seven-inch touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Having Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity allows you to operate various functions of your smartphone – including navigation and media – from the touchscreen itself. As well as all this, the Feel includes 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, power-adjustable door mirrors, lane-departure warning and electric windows all-round.
The Origins edition celebrates 100 years of the Citroen brand, and adds sat nav, bronze highlights, extra safety equipment and rear parking sensors, but it’s only available with the entry-level 82bhp petrol engine.
Flair Plus models replace Flair and Flair Nav, and come with some of the more headline-grabbing equipment. This includes the ‘Connected Cam’ forward-facing camera mounted in the rear-view mirror, tinted rear windows and a reversing camera. You also get some leather trim around the gearknob and steering wheel.
Airbumps are standard for the Origins and Flair Plus trims, or can be added to Feel models for £300. Beyond that, you can go pretty wild with the options list, with a multitude of paint colours to choose from, as well as contrasting roof, mirror and trim shades.