In a startling development, the Citroen C3 hatchback, which is also available in India, received a 0-star rating in the Latin NCAP crash tests conducted for the Latin American car markets. The tested C3 exhibited an unstable structure, insufficient side head protection, and weak frontal impact protection, resulting in poor safety ratings in the crash test.
The version of the Citroen C3 assessed by Latin NCAP was manufactured in Brazil and comes equipped with dual front airbags and electronic stability control as standard. Across the series of crash tests conducted by Latin NCAP, the hatchback achieved a score of 30.52% for adult occupant protection and 12.10% for child occupant protection. Additionally, the C3 received scores of 49.72% for pedestrian protection and vulnerable road users and 34.88% for safety assistance.
During the frontal impact tests conducted by Latin NCAP on the Citroen C3, the absence of seat belt pretensioners in the hatchback resulted in weak chest protection for the driver and marginally better chest protection for the front passenger. The frontal impact test also revealed a feeble footwell area and an overall unstable front structure of the car. The C3 did not undergo the pole impact test as it lacks standard side head protection.
The Citroen C3 also demonstrated poor performance in the whiplash protection test, although it displayed satisfactory protection for child occupants. However, the ISOFIX anchorages were found to have inadequate markings for child restraint systems. The Latin NCAP tests also highlighted that the airbag warning marking for the co-passenger seat did not meet their safety standards.
Indian and Brazilian models are not same
The Citroen C3 sold in India bears close resemblance to the Brazilian-spec model in terms of powertrain, and features list. But we are not sure if the model sold in India is exactly same as the Brazilian model structurally. The Indian variant of the C3 has been applauded for its well-tuned driving dynamics and comfortable ride quality. However, it has faced criticism for its minimalistic appeal, lack of features, and subpar fit and finish in certain areas.
The Indian version of the C3 is equipped with dual airbags and ABS with EBD as standard but has not yet undergone NCAP crash tests. It is available in India with two engine options: a 1.2-liter 80 PS naturally-aspirated petrol engine paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox, and a 1.2-liter 110 PS turbocharged petrol engine paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The Citroen C3 is priced starting from Rs 6.16 lakh in India and competes with other models like the recently launched Hyundai Exter and Tata Punch.