Citroen C3

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26 August 2009

Citroen C3

Overall rating: Four stars
Adult occupation score: 83%
Child protection score: 74%
Pedestrian protection: 33%
Safety assist: 40%

Euro NCAP says:

Adult occupant
The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact test. Readings from test dummies indicated good protection of the front occupants' knees and femurs. Citroen was able to demonstrate that occupants of different sizes, and those sat in different positions, would be offered a similar level of protection.

In the side barrier impact, the car scored maximum points, with good protection provided to all vulnerable body areas.

In the more severe side pole test, rib deflections indicated weak chest protection, but other body areas were well protected. The seat and head restraint provided poor protection against whiplash injuries, scoring no points in the most severe of the three tests performed.

Child occupant
In the frontal impact, forward movement of the head of the dummy representing a three-year-old was not excessive and the heads of both dummies were contained by the restraints in the side impact.

The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver about the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear.

Good protection was provided to pedestrians' legs by the bumper and maximum points were scored. However, the front edge of the bonnet scored no points. The protection offered by the bonnet to a pedestrian's head was marginal or poor in those areas likely to be struck by a child and predominantly poor in those areas where an adult's head might strike.

Safety assist
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is available on some variants in the model range, but is not expected to be fitted as standard in sufficient numbers to qualify for points under Euro NCAP's rating scheme.

A driver-set speed-limitation device is expected to be fitted as standard to the great majority of cars sold and is an option on all variants in the range. A seatbelt reminder system for driver and front seat passenger is fitted as standard across the model range.