Six months in, and I canít resist it any longer. Youíll know from my days of running the DS 5 that thereís one issue that really winds me up as I navigate my way around the nationís motorways. Itís nothing to do with otherís driving, as I can generally ignore inept motorists and continue on without stress. Neither is it bumbling infotainment systems that require multiple stabs at non-physical buttons on lackadaisical touchscreens. Itís more serious than that. Itís cupholders. The DS 5 technically had two of them, but they were by your ankles, so if you wanted to take a slurp of your coffee while driving you would undoubtedly end up steering off the road as you leaned into the footwell. In contrast, the plucky little C3, a car that I am thus far greatly enjoying, has three cupholders. Thatís enough for the driver and front seat passenger to have a drink each, and still have a spare one for emergency coffee supplies.
Thereís just one minor problem. Theyíre all useless. There are two at the front and one towards the rear and, counterintuitively, itís the latter thatís easier to use. Itís positioned behind the handbrake and storage box, so itís really meant for rear seat passengers to bicker over who gets to use the single circular receptacle, but itís within reach of the driver, assuming your left arm can twist that far back. The little storage cubby is also tight enough to hold a drink if you canít quite get the aim right, although it struggles to keep a full cup upright under more enthusiastic driving.
The two cupholders in the front of the car are utterly useless. Theyíre so close together that should a driver and passenger want to store a drink at the same time, one of you will have to back down or risk an unplanned coffee and dashboard interaction. Even if a one-coffee policy could be agreed with your passenger, leaving them to hold their own cup, the cupholder still fails at the most basic level thanks to its positioning. It sits directly under a small cubby hole that exists purely to fill a gap thatís left in the dashboard after a Start button was placed there, which means thereís not quite enough room for a medium-sized cup of coffee. It also sits right in front of the USB and power socket, leaving scant space to place the mobile phone thatís undoubtedly plugged into the USB port (itís got Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, after all) and leaving it in a risky coffee-collecting area should the lid of your drink work loose. It gets worse though, as the incredibly long throw of the gear lever means the cup is blocked in when in third or fifth gear, meaning a drop to fourth is required on the motorway to simply take a sip. Still, at least it has actually got a cupholder, and for that I am incredibly grateful.
Date arrived 17th May 2017
Fuel economy 76.3mpg (combined) 58.8mpg (on test)
Cruise control and blind spot warning (the latter an option) makes late night motorway cruising a breeze.
Now it’s dark early, the instrument panel can get distractingly bright. The buttons to dim it down however are unlit and hidden behind the steering wheel.