Many individuals in India have high expectations when it comes to finding the best car within a 10 lakh budget. For the budget segment, Hatchbacks continue to maintain significant popularity in the market. In case someone is looking for the best hatchback under 10 lakhs then keep reading this post. We delved into details in our on-paper comparison of the Citroen C3 and the Maruti Swift to give a better analysis.

Citroen C3 v Maruti Swift: Best variants under 10-lakhs

For those seeking a hatchback under 10 lakhs, the Citroen C3’s Shine variant is an option at an on-road price of under Rs 9.99 lakhs in Gurugram. Conversely, the Swift’s ZXI Plus variant comes in at Rs 9.87 lakhs (on-road, Gurugram).

Citroen C3 v Maruti Swift: Best variant for the style-conscious Buyers

Personal preferences play a pivotal role when it comes to a car’s exterior aesthetics. The Swift’s ZXI Plus variant boasts projector headlamps that catch the eye, and both hatchbacks offer striking diamond-cut alloy wheels. Comparing them purely on looks, both cars excel in their own style. Therefore, the choice ultimately boils down to your personal style preferences.

CriteriaCitroen C3Maruti Swift
Length3981 mm3845 mm
Width1733 mm1735 mm
Height1586 mm1530 mm
Wheelbase2540 mm2450 mm
Ground Clearance180 mm163 mm

Interior of both the Cars

In terms of design and practicality, Swift’s interior earns our preference. The Swift offers user-friendly power window switches, sparing you the hassle of hunting for them. The quality of interior plastics is superior in the Swift. However, the Citroen C3 shines with its generous 10-inch touchscreen, dwarfing the Swift’s 7-inch counterpart.

The Swift takes the lead in features, offering keyless entry and automatic climate control, which the Citroen C3 lacks. On the flip side, Citroen grants the Shine variant access to connected car technology, a feature absent in the Swift. Those who prioritize style and specific features may lean toward the Swift.

FeaturesCitroen C3Maruti Swift
Climate ControlManualAutomatic
Connected car techYesNo
Reverse parking SensorsYesYes
Reverse Parking CameraYesYes
keyless EntryRemoteSmart keyless entry

Safety of the Cars in the Market

The Swift faced a setback in safety, earning a 1-star rating in a Global NCAP crash test using the latest protocols. This fact makes it a questionable choice in its segment. As for the Indian version of the Citroen C3, it awaits a crash test, leaving its safety rating uncertain. Both cars come with dual airbags and ABS as standard features. For safety-conscious buyers in India, we will not advise you to purchase any of the cars.

SafetyCitroen C3Maruti Swift
Dual AirbagsYesYes
ABS with EBDYesYes
Hill Hold ControlYesNo
Brake AssistNoYes

Best Variant for the Performance Conscious Buyers

In the performance department, the Swift boasts a 1.2-liter, 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine, while the Citroen C3 packs a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine. If power is your priority, the Citroen C3 emerges as the stronger contender. However, when it comes to refinement, the Swift takes the lead. Some cabin noise may intrude on the Citroen C3 after revving the engine at higher speeds. On the road, the Citroen C3 offers an exceptional ride quality.

SpecsCitroen C3Maruti Swift
Engine Type1.2-liter Turbo engine1.2-liter NA engine
No. of cylinders34
Power109 BHP89 BHP
Torque190 Nm113 Nm
Transmission6-speed MT5-speed MT

While we can’t speak for the Swift’s ride quality, the Citroen C3 excels in navigating rough roads. Those in pursuit of power should favor the Citroen C3, whereas the Swift promises a more relaxed driving experience.

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  • Abhiraj Jit

    Abhiraj Jit Singh Gandhi,a car lover by heart and a law student by profession who loves anything on four wheels. Automobile has Been my love since my dad got me a Turbocharged Ford Ecosport and that pulled me towards research on the latest cars and launches.


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