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July 2022 - Citroen C3 Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this Citroen C3 petrol variants explained article, we'll find out which variant you should buy based on variant-wise features while prioritising functionality and usability. We'll also compare its engine specs and dimensions against other petrol-powered SUVs of comparable price band and size like Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger and Tata Punch.

Citroen C3

Updated: This update of the Citroen variants explained includes the July 2022 introductory launch prices of the Citroen C3 and accordingly-updated buying recommendation for each variant.

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Citroen C3 Petrol?

The pros or advantages of 2022 Citroen C3 petrol are:

  • Large dimensions of the C3 and high 180mm ground clearance give it an SUV-ish look
  • With a fairly long wheelbase, the C3 should offer good leg space
  • Fairly wide, 195-section tyres are standard
  • The option of a 1.2L turbo petrol engine with class-leading high power and torque output
  • Lots of customization options including dual-tone interior and 6 dual-tone exterior colour options

The 2022 Citroen C3 petrol has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Basic feature set for base as well as top variant. Even the Feel variant doesn’t get several must-have features like a tachometer, day/night inside mirror, auto AC, front armrest, split-folding rear seat, rear washer/wiper, rear defogger, LED or projector headlamps and keyless entry
  • No automatic transmission option with either of the 2 engines
  • No diesel and CNG fuel option
  • Tiny sales and service network
  • Unknown long-term reliability considering the new brand, new product with new engines (for India)

What Is The Price Of Citroen C3 Petrol Variants?

The 2022 C3 with the normal petrol-manual powertrain costs Rs. 5.71 lakh (ex-showroom) in the base Live variant. The Feel variant with the same powertrain costs Rs. 6.63 lakh. The top variant is also available with a turbo petrol-manual powertrain, which carries an ex-showroom price tag of Rs. 8.06 lakh. The 2022 Citroen C3 doesn’t get an automatic transmission, CNG bi-fuel option or a diesel engine.

CITROEN C3 PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | JULY 2022

Variant

Manual

Live

Rs. 5,70,500

Feel

Rs. 6,62,500

Feel Turbo

Rs. 8,05,500

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New Citroen C3 Live - Base Model Standard Features

The base Live variant of the Citroen C3 only comes with the 1.2L normal petrol engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. It costs Rs. 5.71 lakh (ex-showroom) and offers the following features as standard:

  • Manual AC
  • 5x bottle holders (4x in doors)
  • 2x door pockets (front only)
  • Internally-adjustable outside mirrors
  • Front power windows
  • Fixed front and rear headrests
  • 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Black outside mirrors and door handles
  • Body-coloured bumpers

The base variant seems to have barely enough must-have features. You will most likely miss the following features in the C3 Live variant:

  • Music system
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Power mirrors
  • Rear power windows
  • Tachometer
  • Remote central locking
  • Body-coloured and grab-type door handles instead of flap type
  • Adjustable front headrests
  • Rear parcel tray

Because of these missing features, we’ll strongly suggest you skip the base variant of the C3. With the base Live variant, you’ll have to make huge compromises in terms of ownership experience. So, you should buy the higher Feel variant.

2022 CITROEN C3 LIVE

BASE MODEL STANDARD FEATURES

Safety & Functional

Style

Std. Safety Features

Fabric upholstery

Manual AC

Gloss black outside mirrors

Internally-adjustable outside mirrors

Black flap-type door handles

5x bottle holders

15-inch steel wheels

Front power windows

Wheel covers

12V front power socket

Silver logo

Fixed front and rear headrests

Digital instrument cluster

2x door pockets

Body-coloured bumpers

2022 Citroen C3 Live vs Feel Variant - Top Model Price, Feature Comparison

The Feel variant of the C3 has the option of a 1.2L turbo petrol in addition to the 1.2L normal petrol engine. With the normal petrol, C3 Feel costs Rs. 6.63 lakh (ex-showroom), which is Rs. 92,000 higher. The Feel turbo petrol has an ex-showroom price of Rs. 8.06 lakh, which is another Rs. 1.43 lakh higher than the Feel non-turbo. It’ll give you a 6-speed transmission instead of a 5-speed manual. Vibe pack with front fog lamps and dual-tone exterior are also standard with the turbo petrol engine. The other notable additional features of the C3 Feel variant are:

  • Front passenger vanity mirror
  • 10.24-inch touchscreen
  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • 4x speakers
  • 3x USB ports
  • Tilt steering
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Remote central locking
  • Chrome logo
  • Body-coloured door handles
  • LED DRLs
  • Rear parcel tray
  • Roof rails

Even the top variant of the Citroen C3 doesn’t get the following features:

CITROEN C3 LIVE vs FEEL | PRICE COMPARISON

 

Live

Difference

Feel

Normal Petrol-Manual

Rs. 5,70,500

Rs. 92,000

Rs. 6,62,500

Difference

-

 

Rs. 1,43,000

Turbo Petrol-Manual

-

-

Rs. 8,05,500

Between the Live and Feel variants, the Feel will offer a significantly better ownership experience as it has fewer missing features than the Live. Moreover, the Feel variant also justifies the incremental asking price over the base model. So, you’re not compromising on the value either.

Between the normal and the turbo petrol engine, you can choose based on your preference for performance. In terms of value, you are paying a premium of about Rs. 30,000 for the Feel turbo according to our internal data-based algorithm. It justifies about 80% of the cost over the Feel normal petrol variant with better power, torque, 6-speed transmission and extra standard features. If you’re comfortable with compromising a little bit on the value front for the superior performance, then you can consider buying the Citroen C3 Feel turbo

2022 CITROEN C3 FEEL

FEATURES OVER LIVE

Entertainment

Functional

Style & Safety

10.24-inch touchscreen

Front passenger vanity mirror

Body-coloured door handles

Wireless Android Auto

Remote central locking

Chrome logo

Wireless Apple Carplay

Wheel arch cladding

Front skid plate

Steering-mounted controls

Height-adjustable driver seat

Black roof rails

4x speakers

Tilt steering

LED DRLs

2x rear fast USB charger

2x front seatback pockets

Speed sensing auto door lock

Front USB charger

Rear parcel tray

 
 

Rear power windows

 

Feel Optional Features

(Standard With Turbo)

Door cladding

Front fog lamps

Dual-tone roof

Contrast colour accent on door cladding

Contrast colour accent around fog lamps

Contrast colour outside mirrors

Which Variant Of The 2022 Citroen C3 Petrol Should You Book?

The base Live variant of the Citroen C3 petrol is too basic and doesn’t get several must-have features we expect from a car of this size and at this price point. If you buy it, you’ll have to compromise a lot on the ownership experience. So, we’ll suggest you skip the Live variant and book the Feel variant.

With the Feel variant, you’ll still feel like you’re missing some must-have features, but you can expect a better ownership experience with the Feel variant. Moreover, it completely justifies the incremental cost over the base Live variant with the additional features. So, value-wise also it’s a sensible choice.

With the Feel trim, you can also choose the turbo petrol engine. Value-wise, the Feel turbo is a little expensive, but still worth considering for the superior performance and significantly better drivability.

2022 CITROEN C3

BOOKING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

Price

Recommendation

Live

Rs. 5,70,500

Too basic, not recommended

Feel

Rs. 6,62,500

Top recommendation

Feel Turbo

Rs. 8,05,500

Worth buying for turbo petrol performance

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Citroen C3 Petrol?

The C3’s normal petrol engine’s power and torque output are comparable with the Tata Punch and Tiago NRG’s 1.2L normal petrol engine. The Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger’s smaller 1.0L normal petrol engine are at a disadvantage in this aspect with lower power and torque figures from the smaller displacement engine. C3’s mileage figures are on par with the rivals.

The 2022 C3’s 1.2L turbo petrol engine is also considerably more powerful and torquey than the Magnite and Kiger’s 1.0L turbo petrol engines while offering a comparable mileage figure. The C3 turbo is the only car in this comparison with a 6-speed manual transmission. It’s also the only car without any kind of automatic transmission with either of the engines.

CITROEN C3 VS RIVALS

BASE PETROL ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

Citroen C3

Tata Punch

Tata Tiago NRG

Magnite/ Kiger

Magnite/ Kiger Turbo

Engine

1.2L Normal

1.2L Turbo

1.2L Normal

1.2L Normal

1.0L Normal

1.0L Turbo

Cylinder

3

3

3

3

3

3

Displacement

1198cc

1199cc

1199cc

1199cc

999cc

999cc

Power

82PS @ 5750rpm

110PS @ 5500rpm

86PS @ 6000rpm

86PS @ 6000rpm

72PS @ 6250rpm

100PS @ 5000rpm

Power:Weight

87.33PS/t

106.28PS/t

86PS/t

85.5PS/t

76.68PS/t

98.81PS/t

Torque

115Nm @ 3750rpm

190Nm @ 1750rpm

113Nm @ 3300rpm

113Nm @ 3300rpm

96Nm @ 3500rpm

160Nm @ 2800 - 3600rpm

Torque:Weight

122.47Nm/t

183.58Nm/t

113Nm/t

112.33Nm/t

102.24Nm/t

158.10Nm/t

Manual

5-speed

6-speed

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

Manual FE

19.8kmpl

19.4kmpl

18.97kmpl

20.09kmpl

18.75kmpl / NA

20kmpl

Automatic

-

-

5-speed AMT

5-speed AMT

- / 5-speed AMT

CVT

Auto FE

-

-

18.82kmpl

20.09kmpl

- / NA

17.7kmpl

You can use our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how much any petrol, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

Fuel Cost Calculator in India

What Are The Dimensions Of The 2022 Citroen C3?

In terms of dimensions, the Citroen C3 is a fairly long car measuring just shy of 4 metres. Given the ex-showroom prices, performance and dimensions, it seems to compete against the small crossovers like the Tata Punch, Tata Tiago NRG. Because of the price and performance overlap, the B2-segment SUVs like Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger buyers can also consider the C3. Among these cars, the Kiger and Magnite are the longest, widest and have the biggest fuel tank and highest ground clearance. The Kiger has the biggest boot space measuring 405 litres, which is 90L larger than the C3’s.

The Punch is the tallest car in this comparison. Meanwhile, the Tiago NRG is the narrowest and it also has the smallest boot space. The Citroen C3’s ground clearance is on par with the Tiago NRG and it has the smallest fuel tank. However, the 2022 Citroen C3 has the longest wheelbase, which should offer good leg space for front- and rear-seat occupants.

CITROEN C3 vs COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Citroen C3

Tata Punch

Tata Tiago NRG

Nissan Magnite

Renault Kiger

Length

3981mm

3827mm

3802mm

3994mm

3991mm

Width

1733mm

1742mm

1677mm

1758mm

1750mm

Height

1604mm

1615mm

1537mm

1572mm

1600mm

Wheelbase

2540mm

2445mm

2435mm

2500mm

2500mm

Ground Clearance

180mm

187mm

181mm

205mm

205mm

Boot Space

315L

319L

242L

336L

405L

Fuel Tank

30L

37L

35L

40L

40L

Tyre (base)

195/65 R15

185/70 R15

-

195/60 R16

195/60 R16

Tyre (top)

195/65 R15

195/60 R16

175/60 R15

195/60 R16

195/60 R16

Find out how you can get the best mileage or fuel efficiency from your car:

10 Tips To Get Better Mileage From Your Petrol, Diesel Or CNG Car

What Are The Colour Options Of The Citroen C3?

The 2022 C3 is available in the following 4 monotone colour options:

  • Light grey
  • Dark grey
  • Orange
  • White

The Feel variant also has the following 6 dual-tone colour options:

  • Light grey with orange roof
  • Light grey with dark grey roof
  • Orange with dark grey roof
  • Dark grey with orange roof
  • White with orange roof
  • White with dark grey roof

Dual-tone is standard with the Feel variant if you buy it with the turbo petrol engine.

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

       

B Segment

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Brezza, Baleno, Amaze, Nexon, Dzire

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exception - New City, Slavia, Virtus

Ciaz, Creta, Seltos, Compass, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D1

4500 - 4750mm

XUV700, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V, Carens

       

D Segment

D2

> 4750mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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