Citroen C3 vs Tata Nexon: Ride quality, space & boot compared in detail
The Citroen’s rear suspension setup is softer, the ride feels more plush and mature and the body control on the dampers’ rebound stroke is very impressive.
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Continuing from my driving impressions of the C3, thought I would compare it with my Nexon on some other aspects as well.
The Nexon rear seat is wider compared to the C3. Fitting three people at the rear in a Nexon is not an issue. In the C3 it will be a snug fit.
The seating position in the C3, I felt was better, because of the “multiplex” or “theatre” style seating configuration, where the rear seats are placed a bit higher than the front seats. This gives a very nice view to the rear seat passengers, be it the view through the front windscreen or the side windows. This “feeling of airiness” will be appreciated by people who suffer from motion sickness.
The Nexon’s seats are “sunken – in” with decent support. Also the Nexon rear seat ambience feels more hemmed in due to the sharply rising window line and the swooping down rear roof line.
The floor height of the Citroen is lower compared to the Nexon. Therefore rear ingress and egress is better.
But the biggest difference at the rear is due to the suspension setup of the respective cars.
Due to its more stiffer setup, rear seat passengers feel more of potholes, ruts, ditches and ridges in the Nexon. A collateral damage of this firm setup is a fair bit of “head-toss” of the rear passengers when going over broken stretches.
The Citroen’s rear suspension setup is softer, the ride feels more plush and mature and the body control on the dampers’ rebound stroke is very impressive. You are tossed around less and the ride over rutted surfaces do not feel as fidgety & jumpy as the Tata’s. Overall the C3 is better suited for rear passenger comfort.
Boot space is quite close for both the cars. The wider Nexon may have the more commodious boot but the sharply, sloping rear hatch windscreen rake angle often hits the top edge of large suitcases, especially when kept upright.
The C3 has a more upright rear hatch and rear windscreen rake angle. Tall luggage fouls less. The boot is nicely shaped as well with less.intrusive wheel wells & suspension turrets.
Honestly, very little to separate the two cars, in terms of.outright luggage carrying capacity!
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