2009 - 2016 Citroen C3 Glossary

2010 brought the Citroen C3 its second generation. A new, larger body style with a restyled interior departs from the original 2002 design. This model was current up till 2013 where it was give its facelift.

Engines inclued with the second generation are those from the first generation but added the BMW 'Prince' E..

Designations used to identify the 2009 version of the Citroen C3 are SC, A51 and 'The Visiospace' from its advertising slogan at the time.
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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (02)
Engine Size: NA
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 80000
Trim Level: Stop & Start
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
Engine name: BlueHDi (100 PS)


Citroen C3 SC/A51 glossary of terms

The 2010 model Citroen C3 brought with it more technology and safety features. These new or improved systems and the larger body shape kept the C3 current and modern to attract more customers.

With the new features, they all need to be explained what they mean, how they help the Citroen C3 owner, and how Citroen is different to or at least keeping up with the competition.

Automatic air conditioning

Auto AirCon is only standard on Exclusive models. It maintains a perfect
interior environment and is easily adjusted using the two clear, round, multi-function dials that flank a circular back-lit display.

Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Computer-controlled braking assistance prevents the wheels from locking under extreme braking, enabling the car to continue being steered and controlled during this braking incident. The new Citroën C3's ABS is further enhanced with EBA and EBD.

Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)

A conventional ABS cannot account for any of the four wheels wanting to lock more quickly than the others (for example, two of the wheels may be on snow and two on the tarmac). EBD reads the deceleration rate of each wheel individually and applies the ABS principles accordingly.

Emergency braking assistance (EBA)

As drivers, we find it difficult to brake very hard instinctively, which :shock: is often needed in those rare emergencies. The EBA system recognises our 'attempt' to brake hard and, in combination with the ABS and EBD systems, instantly applies the maximum stopping power possible.

Electronic stability programme (ESP)

This is computer-controlled traction assistance and is provided primarily through braking systems. The ESP's control unit constantly compares where the driver intends to go (through the position of the steering wheel) with where the vehicle is going and, if necessary, makes speed corrections to each wheel individually through braking or engine torque to keep the vehicle in line.

Bluetooth Wireless Hands-Free Car Kit

Choose a hands-free car kit that integrates seamlessly into your Citroen C3 for real audio quality and makes calls in complete safety.

Front seat belt pre-tensioners

In a crash, a pre-tensioner will tighten the seat belt almost instantaneously, reducing the load on the occupant in a violent crash. Like airbags, pre-tensioners are triggered by sensors in the car's body and use explosively expanding gas to drive a piston that retracts the belt. Seat belt pre-tensioners also lower the risk of "submarining" when a passenger slides forward under a loosely worn seat belt.

High-pressure direct injection diesel engine

Citroen's HDi diesel engines operate with the fuel under extremely high pressure, enabling microscopically precise injection control. With this management level, injecting at different times during the same engine stroke allows total control over the combustion process. This has allowed our engineers to reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 40%, unburned hydrocarbons by 50% and engine particulates by 60%. Fuel consumption is 20% lower than a pre-chamber diesel engine, resulting in an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions, and thanks to the torque available at low engine speed, it could be argued that driveability is now better than in petrol-engined cars.

Isotherm Module

Keep your food and drink warm or cold on the move in your new Citroen C3.

MYWAY colour satellite navigation

MyWay is wholly integrated into the vehicle, avoiding the theft risk. The design has been created for ease of use, and with steering wheel controls, navigating from your phone to satellite navigation couldn't be any easier. MyWay allows you to define routes, stops and places of interest with the added benefit of vocal instruction. MyWay also provides live traffic updates of any congestion spots or delays. A GPS-integrated aerial is built into the vehicle to maximise the reception of satellite information, permitting an accurate car location.

MyWay AND HI-FI system

The MyWay colour satellite navigation system includes Bluetooth and live traffic information for maximum convenience. It also features a 7" 16/9 screen, and its SD card integrated European mapping brings you voice guidance and graphics in 2D or aerial perspective. An MP3-compatible CD player with six speakers, a third central channel on the dashboard and a subwoofer complete this superb option.

On VTR+ and Exclusive models, the optional MyWay satellite navigation
with a 7" colour screen is subtly integrated into the dashboard and can guide you to any European destination.


A standardised and more straightforward method for installing child seats, each seat is 'clicked' into place via a three-point system. On the new Citroën C3, Isofix is installed on the outer rear seats.

On-board trip computer

The new Citroën C3's multi-function on-board trip computer provides you with information at your fingertips. At the touch of a button, you can view a range of data like fuel consumption, average speed and mileage possible at your current fuel level.

Radio data system (RDS)

Traffic information on FM radio, allowing the station name and other information to be transmitted alongside audio information

Rear window sunblind

With a made-to-measure design that makes it easy to fit, the Citroen sunblind works in harmony with the interior lines of your new Citroen C3.

Variable Power Assisted Steering

A system that provides extra power assistance for a vehicle's steering at low speeds (such as turning a sharp corner) and less assistance during high-speed situations.

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