On board, the C3 expresses a sharing
approach and an openness to the outside world.
C3 is astonishingly roomy for a vehicle in its segment. And since the
C3 has an external width of 1.67 m, passengers can take their ease.
This generous interior space is also reflected by the interior
dimensions. At the front, for example, the C3 boasts exceptional elbow
room of 1.40 m.
significant progress made by the C3, however, lies in its height of
1.52 m – exceptional for a vehicle of this type – and in the innovative
approach adopted to the interior architecture, which draws upon the
experience acquired by CitroŽn in the design of its most recent
This increased height
created sufficient room to raise the driving position and make it more
upright, while still leaving generous headroom. The height of the other
seats has also been raised. This feature gives all the occupants of the
C3 a clearer view of the road and is particularly reassuring for the
driver. The eye level of the passengers is higher than the segment
average, for improved visual comfort.
Open to the world
higher seating position also creates an impression of peace and
receptiveness to the outside world. The C3 is easy to get into and out
of, thanks to the higher seats that offer a more natural seating
position, and also the arch shape of the pillar and wide opening angle
(68į) of the doors. The bright airy interior also expresses an openness
to the outside world. The rounded form of the windscreen and the
positioning of the pillar – placed further back than usual – ensure
remarkable peripheral visibility.
To make the interior even brighter and to further increase passenger well–being, the C3 features a large glass sunroof.
A glass sunroof of generous dimensions
glass sunroof expresses the shared contact between the occupants of the
C3, or between the car and the outside environment. With this vast
sunroof, the C3 gains a bigger glazed area than any other vehicle in
the segment. It is made up of a mobile glass panel at the front and a
fixed glass panel at the rear. The sunroof is designed to fit flush
with the roof of the vehicle. In this way, it does not interrupt the
flowing lines of the C3 or detract from its aerodynamic performance.
Inside the vehicle, the space available to the occupants is virtually
unchanged, thanks to the generous headroom available.
sunroof is controlled by a one-touch electric button on the roof
lining. To adjust interior brightness, the C3 is fitted with a device
similar to a sunblind. It is made up of a front curtain and a rear
curtain, which retract into the central cross-member of the sunroof.
An invitation to share
A user-friendly living area
its bright passenger compartment, large glazed areas, on-board
well-being and open approach to the outside world, the C3 encourages
sharing, between the occupants of the vehicle or between the car and
the outside environment.
user-friendly, sharing approach of the C3 is also expressed by the
child mirror. For easier contact with passengers in the rear (children
or adults), an additional mirror placed below the interior rearview
mirror means that the rear passengers can always be seen. Available as
an option with the child pack, the mirror can be folded back under the
rearview mirror to increase the forward visibility of the driver, or
turned towards the rear passengers for shared contact.
excellent acoustic comfort also plays a role in making verbal contact
easier, notablybetween occupants at the front and rear.
On board with the family
open, sharing values of the C3 are enhanced when the whole family is
travelling together. Spacious, user-friendly, spirited and cheerful,
the C3 is at the service of family well–being.
The raised seating and large glazed areas give children a better view of the road and scenery.
C3 is fitted with a number of features designed exclusively for
children, to contribute to maintaining a peaceful atmosphere on board.
For example, a child safety indicator on the dashboard. Moreover, on
versions fitted with the child pack, safety locks can be activated or
deactivated using an electrical function on the dashboard. The child
pack also comprises the child mirror, a 12 V socket at the rear, and
aircraft-style trays on the backs of the front seats. The trays are
fitted with a pen-holder, cup–holder and hooks for plastic bags.
A refreshing sense of well-being
C3 features a wide range of functions that contribute to general
well–being and so promote the fundamental values of openness and
Comfortable, ergonomic seating
seats are designed to provide maximum comfort (side supports designed
to the minimum necessary) and back support, while filtering out bumps
in the road. The raised seating also improves postural comfort.
make sure that everybody can travel in comfort, regardless of their
size and shape, the steering wheel is adjustable for both height and
reach, a feature that is still rare on this segment. Tall people can
adjust the long front-seat runners (230 mm) to sit comfortably in the
front. Central armrests are available for both the driver and
passenger. The driver's seat is height-adjustable. This function is
also available for the passenger seat.
two front headrests are height- and tilt adjustable. The upper hinge is
used to adjust tilt. The shape of the head-rest, its horizontal and
vertical curvature and hinged upper part, cradle the occupant's head to
ensure maximum comfort. The headrests can be adjusted over the entire
length of their stalks to adapt to all body shapes.
the rear, three crescent-shaped headrests provide maximum safety and
comfort for the occupants without blocking the driver's rearview vision.
The wide opening angle of the doors makes the C3 easy to get into and out of, particularly at the front.
controls are designed to be ergonomic. All on-board functions have been
designed for maximum simplicity and ease of use. Information display
units, such as the digital instrument cluster, are easy to read.
Thermal comfort and odour exclusion comfort for peace of mind and travelling pleasure
interior temperature of a vehicle is one of the main criteria of
comfort. The air conditioning systems fitted on the C3 are both
efficient and quiet.
of air conditioning are available: manual and automatic. This last
system managesclimate control automatically – air flow, air
distribution, compressor start-up – in compliance with the temperature
set by the occupants.
air conditioning also features an innovative day/night function that
maximises thermal comfort by adjusting the mode of air circulation. To
this end, the system analyses the level of daylight outside and checks
whether the headlamps are on. These two items of information tell the
system whether it is necessary to change the mode of air circulation to
a "gentler" setting that focuses on the foot-level ducts and defrosting
ducts, while maintaining a constant temperature. This type of air
circulation is always appreciated when daylight is low, even at a
constant external temperature.
items of equipment are also associated with the automatic air
conditioning, notably an automatic windscreen wiper, air conditioning
of the lower glove box, an activated carbon (anti-odour) pollen filter
and a heat-reflecting windscreen. This type of windscreen comprises a
sheet of metal inserted between two sheets of glass. The metal sheet
has the ability to refract external heat and to lower the interior
dashboard temperature by up to 30įC compared with a conventional tinted
windscreen. Sensitivity to sunlight is greatly decreased by the lower
temperature at the front end of the vehicle, the shorter time taken to
reach a comfortable temperature and the far weaker sensation of heat on
the skin caused by solar radiation coming in through the windscreen.
Exceptional stowage space
The C3 combines record interior space with a wide range of stowage options.
The many roomy and convenient stowage compartments also contribute to the pleasure of travelling in the C3.
two gloveboxes, one of which may be fitted with a cooled compartment,
have a capacity of 7 and 5 litres respectively. Each of the four doors
is fitted with a large bin. The central console can hold three cans, or
a number of everyday objects such as a mobile phone. The phone can be
recharged on the 12 V socket. A cubby on the driver's left can be used
to hold gloves and keys, for example.
on the version, the C3 features a drawer under the passenger seat and a
second drawer under the driver's seat. In the central part of the
dashboard, two ISO compartments can be used to install an audio system
or CD stacker, or simply another stowage unit.