That resistance is no bad thing. Actually, we’re quite pleased that Citroën actively rails against the trend – as long as its cars deliver the ride comfort promised of them. If the Ford Fiesta proves anything, it’s that dynamism does not necessarily have to come at the expense of an exemplary ride.
And the verdict is? A mixed bag. That the C3 is unable to match the handling prowess of the Fiesta is about as much of a surprise as finding that it gets dark at night, but although its ride is very comfortable, it’s not without its drawbacks.
The C3’s best work is done at low speeds and in a straight line, where its bump absorption does sit at the forefront of the supermini pack.
But with only a modicum of lock applied, even around town, things start to fall apart. Should a wheel fall into a pothole or drain cover, the suspension bushes’ softness, which damps out so much of the vibration, allow some lateral slip, resulting in a little sideways shimmy in the body.