Citroen C3 Vs Tata Punch – Specs, Features, Price, And More!

The Maruti Ignis-rivaling Citroen C3 is one of the most powerful cars in the segment and boasts impressive in-cabin experience and performance

Citroen unveiled the new C3 in the Indian market and promises to offer the buyers an extremely comfortable and well-built product at VFM prices. The car takes on the rivals like the Tata Punch and the Maruti Ignis and is offered with two engine options. While the prices of the car are yet to be announced in the country, here is a detailed Citroen C3 VS Tata Punch comparison based on what we know so far.

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Citroen C3 Vs Tata Punch – Design and Dimensions

Citroen C3 Vs Tata Punch

The Citroen C3, just like the larger and more expensive C5 Aircross, features a sophisticated and quirky design that gives it a fresh and distinctive road presence. The front is largely dominated by the brand’s signature grille that cleanly merges into the DRLs and the headlamps. The big and bold bumper upfront further complements the design. Move to the sides and you will notice that the C3 is not offered with alloy wheels while the overall side profile is extremely elegant. The rear design too falls in line with the overall design language. The build quality is impressive and contrasting finishes on the plastic elements do help the C3 attract a lot of eyeballs on the roads. In addition to this, the C3 is significantly bigger than the Tata Punch.

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The Tata Punch on the other hand boasts an SUV-ish design that is complemented by a high-set hood, short overhangs, and a high ground clearance. In addition to this, the front fascia is inspired by the Harrier while the rear tail-lights might remind you of the Nexon. Both the vehicles offer an impressive styling but it is the Tata Punch that might attract a wider range of buyers with its conventional design. The C3 however looks fresh and is a lot more youthful than the Punch. A quick dimension comparison is given below in the table:

Citroen C3 Tata Punch
Length 3981 mm 3827 mm
Width 1733 mm 1742 mm
Height 1604 mm 1615 mm
Wheelbase 2540 mm 2445 mm
Ground Clearance
180 mm 187 mm
Tyre Size 195/65 R-15 195/60 R-16

Citroen C3 Vs Tata Punch

Citroen C3 Vs Tata Punch – Specs, Gearbox and Performance

The C3 is available with two engine options that include a 1.2-L NA Puretech 82 petrol engine and a 1.2-L Turbo Puretech 110 petrol engine. While the former churns out 82 bhp and 115 Nm of peak torque, the latter on the other hand delivers maximum power and torque output of 110 hp and 190 Nm respectively. The C3 is not available with any automatic gearboxes and gets a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed manual for the buyers to opt for. The performance however is impressive and the refinement levels too are decent.

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The Tata Punch is powered by a 1.2-L NA Revotron three-cylinder petrol engine. This engine churns out a peak power and torque output of 86 hp and 113 hp respectively and comes mated to either a 5-speed MT or a 5-speed AMT. While the performance is decent, the car does tend to struggle at higher speeds when pushed hard. Tata is expected to introduce a turbocharged petrol variant of the Punch soon in the Indian market.

Citroen C3 1.2L NA Citroen C3 1.2L Turbo Tata Punch
Engine 1.2L NA Puretech 82 1.2L Turbo PureTech 110 1.2L NA Revotron
Power 82 bhp @ 5750 rpm 110 hp @ 5500 rpm 86 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 115 Nm @ 3750 rpm 190 Nm @ 1750 rpm 113 hp @ 3300
Gearbox 5-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual 5-Speed Manual
5-Speed AMT

citroen c3 vs Tata Punch

Fuel Economy

Citroen C3 1.2L NA Citroen C3 1.2L Turbo Tata Punch
Fuel Economy (Claimed) 19.8 kmpl 19.4 kmpl 18.97 kmpl (MT)

Final Verdict

The Citroen C3 promises to be a great product for anyone looking for a comfortable and well-built car in this price range. In addition to this, the car also offers great performance, impressive dynamics, a great in-cabin experience and a fresh design language. The Tata Punch however seems to be a more VFM option to the buyers and not only comes with a better features list but in addition to this, is also backed by well-established after-sales support.

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Nitin Kadian

Nitin Kadian

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An engineer by education and a motorhead by heart, he loves spending time behind the wheels. In the age of SUVs and crossovers, he still adores old-school low-slung sedans and drools over the Mustang '69.