French brand Citroen makes a return to South Africa and with it comes 3 new products and a comprehensive after-sales warranty. Let's see what's on offer.
After a short absence, Citroen makes a comeback to South Africa. When the announcement came back in December 2016 that the focus would be on Peugeot and Citroen was to be sacrificed, petrolheads and customers were a bit disappointed. Citroen's offerings were quirky, but the cars were generally of good quality and drove nicely. The issues were in the aftersales department where every French car cliche was bandied about.
Naturally, SA consumers will be extremely wary and cautious of Citroen after-sales, despite its return and arsenal of fresh product. Dubbed Citroen Serenity, each new Citroen will come with a 5-year/100 000km warranty service plan as well as roadside assistance. A courtesy car, competitively priced parts basket, microdots, complimentary vehicle health check as well as licence renewal reminder are also thrown in as additional value. You'll be servicing them at Peugeot dealerships as the 2 brands will be again sharing retail space.
From the brand relaunch, there'll be 3 products offered to the South African market. It appears they're being pitched at a youthful market and have a funky image to them. Kicking off the range is the Citroen C3, a Polo-sized compact hatchback. Available in 2 levels of trim (Feel and Shine) with 2 petrol engine choices, the C3 comes to market priced aggressively. The 1.2 PureTech engine delivers 60 kW and 118 Nm, and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The other C3 boasts a 1.2 PureTech Turbo motor with 81 kW and 205 Nm, and features a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The C3 Aircross makes do with the 81 kW / 205 Nm PureTech Turbo motor and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It is also available in 2 levels of trim (Feel and Shine). With some offroad cladding and raised ground clearance, it's essentially an SUV version of the C3.
Finally, for those wanting big space and luxury, there's the C5 Aircross. Again, it's available in 2 levels of trim (Feel and Shine), but this time it boasts the 1.6-litre THP turbocharged petrol engine with 121 kW and 240 Nm, and has a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Citroen C3 Price in South Africa
Citroen C3 Feel 1.2 PureTech R239 900
Citroen C3 Shine 1.2 PureTech Turbo R289 900
Citroen C3 Aircross Price in South Africa
Citroen C3 Aircross Feel 1.2 PureTech Turbo R339 900
Citroen C3 Aircross Shine 1.2 PureTech Turbo R359 900
Citroen C5 Aircross Price in South Africa
Citroen C5 Aircross Feel 1.6 THP R469 900
Citroen C5 Aircross Shine 1.6 THP R509 900