Citroen C3 vs rivals: specifications comparison

The C3 will be available with two engine options when it goes on sale from July 20.

Citroen is all set to launch the C3 in the Indian market on July 20. The C3 is the French carmaker’s first mass-market model for India. It will rival high-riding hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and compact SUVs like the Tata Punch, Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite that are positioned at the lower end of the segment. Expected to be priced competitively, the C3 will be available with two engine options. We take a look at how the C3 compares against its rivals in terms of dimensions and engine specs on paper.

  • Citroen C3 has the longest wheelbase in the segment
  • Boosts of the most powerful turbo-petrol engine
  • No automatic gearbox being offered at launch

Citroen C3 vs rivals: dimensions

Citroen C3 Tata Punch Maruti Ignis Renault Kiger Nissan Magnite
Length 3,981mm 3,827mm 3,700mm 3,991mm 3,994mm
Width 1,733mm 1,742mm 1,690mm 1,750mm 1,758mm
Height 1,586mm 1,615mm 1,595mm 1,600mm 1,572mm
wheelbase 2,540mm 2,445mm 2,435mm 2,500mm 2,500mm
Bootspace 315 liters 366 liters 260 liters 405 liters 336 liters
fuel capacity 30 liters 37 liters 32 liters 40 liters 40 liters
Tire Size 15-inch 16-inch 15-inch 16-inch 16-inch

The Citroen C3 falls in the middle when it comes to dimensions – it is longer than the Tata Punch and Maruti Suzuki Ignis, but marginally shorter than the Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite. At 2,540mm, the Citroen has the largest wheelbase here, and is even longer than compact SUVs such as the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Kia Sonet. The C3 is wider than the Ignis, but narrower than the others. In terms of height, the C3 is the lowest after the Magnite, while the Punch is the tallest amongst all the models.

The Kiger boasts of the biggest boot here measuring 405 litres, followed by the Punch with 366 litres and the Magnite with 336 litres. The C3 comes next with a 315-litre boot capacity. The Ignis has the smallest boot here measuring just 260 litres.

The Kiger and the Magnite have the largest fuel tanks in this comparison – both measuring 40 liters – while the Punch and Ignis have a 37-litre and 32-litre fuel tank, respectively. The C3 has the smallest fuel tank at just 30 liters.

In terms of tire sizes, only the Ignis and the C3 get 15-inch wheels, while the Punch, Kiger and Magnite get bigger 16-inchers.

Citroen C3 vs rivals: engine and gearbox

Engine and gearbox
Citroen C3 Tata Punch Maruti Ignis Renault Kiger Nissan Magnite
Type 3 cyls, NA/3 cyls Turbo 3 cyls, NA 4 cyls, NA 3 cyls, NA/3 cyls, Turbo 3 cyls, NA/3 cyls, Turbo
Displacement 1198cc/1199cc 1199cc 1197cc 999cc/999cc 999cc/999cc
Power 82hp/110hp 86hp 83hp 72hp/100hp 72hp/100hp
Torque 115Nm/190Nm 113Nm 113Nm 96Nm/160Nm(MT) 152Nm(AT) 96Nm/160Nm(MT) 152Nm(AT)
Manual Gearbox 5-speed/6-speed 5-speed 5-speed 5-speed/5-speed 5-speed/5-speed
Automatic Gearbox , 5-speed AMT 5-speed AMT 5-speed AMT/CVT CVT (Turbo)
ARAI mileage MT 19.8kpl/19.4kpl 18.97kpl 20.89kpl -/20kpl 18.75kpl/20kpl
ARAI mileage AT , 18.82kpl 20.89kpl -/18.24kpl 17.7kpl

When launched, the C3 will come with two three-cylinder engine options – an 82hp, 1.2-litre naturally aspirated (NA) petrol engine and a 110hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol motor. The Magnite and Kiger also get NA and turbo-petrol engine options, while the Punch and Ignis are offered only with NA motors. The Ignis, however, is the only car here to get a four-cylinder unit.

Considering only the NA options, the Punch is the most powerful with 86hp, followed by the Ignis with 83hp. The C3 comes a close third with 82hp on tap. The Magnite and the Kiger are the least powerful in their NA guise, making just 72hp.

The C3 is the most powerful car here with its turbo-petrol engine. It makes 10hp and a significant 40Nm more than the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine offered in the Kiger and the Magnite.

In terms of gearboxes, the C3 is the only car here that does not get an automatic, for now. The NA engine is paired to a 5-speed manual, while the turbo petrol is mated to a 6-speed manual. The latter, however, has the highest number of ratios here – the others have five gears.

The Punch and the Ignis can be had either with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. The Magnite gets a 5-speed manual as standard while buyers of the turbo variant can opt for a CVT. The Kiger also gets a 5-speed manual as standard, but it gets the option of an AMT automatic for the NA engine and a CVT for the turbo variants.

Citroen has an ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency of 19.8kpl for the NA engine and 19.4kpl for the turbo-petrol motor. The figures are more than the Punch, but lower than the Ignis and manual turbo-petrol versions of the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.

Tune in to our review of the Citroen C3 which goes live on June 15, 2022 at 12 noon.

Also see:

2022 Citroen C3 walkaround video

Vincent Cobee on building the Citroen brand in India, C3 launch, EVs & more

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