While the term X Factor might be top of mind for all the wrong reasons at the moment, it’s really the term that comes to mind when trying to describe the magic of the Citroën C3. Not because it’s wearing a suit and slicked back hair but because it has a certain almost indescribable flair, an irreverent magic, and utterly French sensibilities. And as the French would say it has, Je ne sais quoi.
The most obvious sign of this flair comes via a panoramic Zenith windscreen. Not only does the help define the C3’s appearance from almost every angle but it also opens up incredible visibility for those inside the car. And when you are driving that is kind of important. To put things into perspective, the Zenith windscreen is 36% bigger than a normal screen on an average five-door small car while the angle from the driver’s eyeline to the top of the windscreen is a huge 108° instead of the segment average 28°.
It isn’t just French flair and no substance. It’s a fine balance between rich design elements, utilitarian features, power and performance.
This Je ne sais quoi is further highlighted – quite literally – with LED daytime running lights. Not only do these look like sparkly strips look like shimmery futuristic gem encrusted car jewellery but they actually serve an important purpose too by increasing your visibility on the road – in any weather.
The C3 isn’t a special car though just because of a couple of key points. It’s what it is because of the sum of all of its parts. It isn’t just French flair and no substance. It’s a fine balance between rich design elements, utilitarian features, power and performance. Think of it like a Confit de Duck with potatoes and a side salad. Great things come in a balance
In this case the healthy side salad is an engine that produces 88kW (120bhp) @ 6000rpm with an Urban fuel consumption of 9.4 l/100km and CO² emissions of just 150 g/km, accompanied with a sprinkling of clever extras like rear parking sensors with reversing camera, bluetooth with USB connection and audio streaming, Sat Nav and Cruise Control.
Who needs X Factor when you have Je ne sais quoi?