Posts Tagged ‘Citroen’


Whenever I think of a French car the first thing into my mind is comfort, most French cars are comfortable cruisers or, as in this country, comfortable in traffic jams. The C3 fits this comfort segment very well, the suspension is soft and the seats are big, the cabin light and roomy. The cabin can be made even more light by sliding back half of the roof, the windscreen is huge even with the roof closed but when you open it you can see the sky. It’s a nice touch but on a sunny day it’s too bright, it does make a cool effect when it rains though, you can see the drops sliding up the glass as you drive along, obviously you shouldn’t be looking up when your driving but your passengers can. There’s Air conditioning as standard along with a host of safety equipment but handsfree is an option, it’s something I feel should be standard in all cars these days, let’s face it we all have mobiles. There is an Aux connector in the front which you can order USB should you want it, get USB that’s what everyone uses these now, even Apple.
The cabin layout is artistically spartan, there’s no temperature gauge just a little blue light to tell you the car is cold, a strip of chrome across the middle leads to a monochrome multiple function display. I like the layout, it’s simple and familiar.


Even though there’s no standard handsfree there is cruise control and speed limiter which is lovely along the motorway, for a small car it’s surprisingly good on motorways, the soft set up on the car suits it.
The exterior is grown up, it’s looks like an older brother to the old C3, there’s good Citroen quirks in the lines maybe the designers were let off the leash a bit with the outside, it shows through but I do think the door openings are a little on the small side.


On the road the 1.4HDI engine pulls well enough, it’s quiet too, actually the whole car on the move is silent. Once you reach cruising speed there’s no noise, you’ll struggle to hear the engine at 100kph. Fantastic sound deadening for a small car, around town the steering very light which is nice enough for tight manoeuvres but out on the road it’s too light for any feedback from the wheels, it’s not really a drivers car but it’s not meant to be, this is a family run about and it’s really good at that. I can easily get the two kids and all the normal stuff into the car.
When I got the car first I wasn’t sure about the really light steering and soft suspension but as the week went on I could see the point of this car, it’s a very decent run about, it will happily take the kids to the beach but just as happy about doing a weeks shopping. The C3 has fierce competition though, the b segment is one of the hardest to get right. Citroen have done a good job on the styling and town set up but it’s a little tight with standard equipment, I’d gladly trade the sliding roof for handsfree, rear electric windows and parking sensors.
Still I’ll miss the C3 when it goes back, it’s kind of become a part of the family, a great car for the city.

Prices for the C3 start at €14,900 for the VT. The model I drove starts at €17,900, see www.citroen.ie for more information


Kia motors have announced the prices and specs of the latest version of the Sportage. There are to be 3 models of the car which will be on offer late 2010 and early 2011, prices start with the €27,800 1.7D EX model, it develops 115bhp and is B rated for tax. 17” alloys, half leather, Bluetooth and a panoramic sunroof,

A step up from that is the GSE priced at €29,995 that gets you heated seats and full leather along with Xenon lights and climate control.

The first edition you’ll see in October is the 2.0D 136hp all wheel drive model priced at €31,495 features 18” alloy wheels an ECM rear view mirror with colour camera in its standard equipment. Of course there’s a 7 year warranty on the Sportage which puts them way ahead of the competition.

Citroen have been tinkering with their engines and have managed to drop the CO2 emmissions for the C4 Picasso , Grand C4 Picasso and C5 models it breaks down like this:

Engine C4 Picasso & Grand C4 Picasso

1.6HDi 110hp DPFS

C4 Picasso & Grand C4 Picasso

1.6HDi 110hp DPFS EGS

Urban Cycle 6.7 (42.2mpg) 6.2 (45.6mpg)
Extra Urban 4.5 (62.8mpg) 4.4 (64.2mpg)
Combined 5.3 (53.3mpg) 5.1 (55.4mpg)
CO2 emissions (g/km) 140 (Previously 145) 135 (Previously 140)
Engine C5 1.6HDi 110hp

(Saloon and Tourer)

Urban Cycle 6.4 (44.1mpg)
Extra Urban 4.2 (67.3mpg)
Combined 5.0 (56.5mpg)
CO2 emissions (g/km) 130 (Previously 140)
Engine C5 2.0HDi 160hp SALOON C5 2.0HDi 160hp TOURER
Urban Cycle 6.8 (41.5mpg) 6.8 (41.5mpg)
Extra Urban 4.4 (64.2mpg) 4.4 (64.2mpg)
Combined 5.3 (53.3mpg) 5.3 (53.3mpg)
CO2 emissions (g/km) 139 (Previously 147) 139 (Previously 149)

It’s good news as it shifts some of the cars into a lower tax band, you can check the tax rates here https://www.motortax.ie/OMT/pdf/co2_emissions_rates_2009_en.pdf