The most 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 Citroën in the design of its most recent vehicles.
Open to the world
To make the interior even brighter and to further increase passenger wellbeing, the C3 features a large glass sunroof.
A glass sunroof of generous dimensions
The 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.
With 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.
This 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.
The excellent acoustic comfort also plays a role in making verbal contact easier, notablybetween occupants at the front and rear.
On board with the family
The raised seating and large glazed areas give children a better view of the road and scenery.
The 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, cupholder and hooks for plastic bags.
Comfortable, ergonomic seating
To 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.
The 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.
Onboard 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
Two types 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.
Automatic 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.
Other 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 30°C 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 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.
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