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New Citroën C3 to be most efficient diesel ever?

Eco-oriented Citroën C3 Airdream claims 88mpg
Citroën C3 Airdream

Citroën says the C3 Airdream will be the most economical diesel ever, returning a claimed 88mpg

Citroën has confirmed official details of its new C3 e-HDi 70 Airdream EGS VTR+ – its most efficient diesel ever.

That mouthful of a name aside, the new Citroën C3 Airdream impresses with 88mpg potential. But the efficiency comes at quite a high price.

Citroën C3 Airdream: over 88mpg

According to EU testing procedures, the new C3 Airdream is capable of 88.3mpg.

As a result, its CO2 emissions are rated at 87g/km – not only making it one of the cleanest diesel cars on sale, but also representing a 5g/km CO2 improvement over the existing C3 Airdream model – and meaning free car tax.

Making the difference is the standard e-HDi stop-start system and an EGS automatic gearbox instead of a conventional manual. But the new car also has just 67bhp compared to the former champion’s 90bhp.

Fuel economy of 88.3mpg also represents a 4.8mpg improvement.

It isn’t cheap being green

Standard kit includes a panoramic Zenith windscreen, air conditioning, six airbags and cruise control with speed limiter.

However, the list price is £15,290. Which when you compared it to the price of the most efficient Kia Rio does seem rather costly.

Why the Rio? Because the base-spec EcoDynamics version emits just 85g/km CO2 and also returns a claimed 88.3mpg, even while it has a more powerful 71bhp 1.1-litre turbodiesel engine. This specification doesn’t include air conditioning, but it’s currently available for just £11,145.

On sale this month

That Rio price includes an Early Buyer Reward discount. But even at the full list price of £11,895, the Rio is some £3,395 cheaper than the C3. The Kia also comes with a seven-year 100,000-mile warranty, where the Citroën makes do with three years or 60,000 miles.

Food for thought.

The Citroën C3 e-HDi 70 Airdream EGS VTR+ will be available to order later this month.

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