Car Comparison: Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch

How does Tata Punch fare against the recently released Citroen C3? We take a close look.

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Since its launch in October 2021, Tata Punch has amassed popularity in the compact SUV segment, with critical acclaim from all corners and the numbers to back it up. While Tata Punch seems on its way to gaining a strong foothold in the compact SUV segment, we cannot neglect the competition it’s bound to face from the newly launched Citroen C3. Today, we compare the base variants of Citroen C3 and Tata Punch and bring you all there is to know about the two cars. 

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Key Features

Tata Punch nearly edges out the Citroen C3 in engine performance. Both cars have a similar engine capacity, with Tata Punch producing a maximum power of 84bhp compared to Citroen C3’s 80bhp. The prices of both base models are evenly matched too, with the C3 priced at Rs 5.71 lakh and Tata Punch at Rs 5.83 lakh. 

 

Features Citroen C3 (Live 1.2 Petrol) Tata Punch (Pure MT)
Engine Capacity 1198cc 1199cc
Power 80bhp 84bhp
Transmission 5-Speed Manual 5-Speed Manual
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Price Rs 5.71 lakh Rs 5.83 lakh

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Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Engine and Transmission

Both cars come with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, with Citroen C3 employing the Puretech 82 and Tata Punch using the Revotron engine. The C3 has slightly better torque than the Punch, but the latter has a higher ceiling for power.

Parameter Citroen C3 Tata Punch
Engine Type Puretech 82 1.2 Revotron
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Engine Displacement 1198cc 1199cc
Max Power [email protected] [email protected]
Max Torque [email protected] [email protected]
Engine Norm Compliance BS 6 BS 6
Transmission Manual Manual
Gearbox 5-speed 5-speed
Valves per Cylinder 4 4
Drive Type FWD FWD
Fuel Supply System
Turbocharger/Supercharger
Mileage 19.8kmpl 18.9kmpl
Acceleration (0-100kmph) 15.23 seconds

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Dimensions and Capacity

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Dimensions and Capacity

Citroen C3 is a longer vehicle than Tata Punch, but the latter is a visibly bigger vehicle, beating C3 in width and height. It is quite surprising how closely matched the dimensions of the two cars are, given the C3 is a hatchback and Tata Punch is a compact SUV. Tata Punch also has a higher ground clearance and a greater fuel tank capacity. So if you’re looking for a bigger vehicle, Tata Punch should be your pick.

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Dimensions and Capacity

Length 3981 3827
Width 1733mm 1742mm
Height 1586mm 1615mm
Wheelbase 2540mm 2445mm
Ground Clearance 180mm 187mm
Kerb Weight 939kg
Boot Space 315 litre 366 litre
Fuel Tank Capacity 30 litre 37 litre
Seating Rows 2 2
Seating Capacity 5 people 5 people

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Suspension

Both cars are evenly matched when it comes to suspension, with very little to separate them. The Citroen C3 has 195/65 R17 sized tyres compared to 185/70 R15 of Tata Punch.

Suspension Front McPherson Strut with Coil Spring Independent, Lower Wishbone McPherson Strut with Coil Spring
Suspension Rear Rear Twist Beam with Coil Spring Semi-Independent Twist Beam with Coil Spring and Shock Absorber
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Drum Drum
Steering Power Assisted Power Assisted
Tyre Size 195/65 R15 185/70 R15

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Interior

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Interior
Citroen C3

Tata Punch holds a significant advantage over Citroen C3, having dual tone interiors. Both cars can seat 5 people, but Tata Punch’s bigger dimensions are also reflected in the interior space.

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Interior
Tata Punch
Dual Tone Dashboard No Yes
Fabric Upholstery Yes Yes
Leather Seats No No
Rear Seat Headrest Yes Yes
Seating Capacity 5 people 5 people
Doors 5 5
Additional Features Single Tone Interiors, Satin Chrome Accents on AC Knobs, Front Roof Lamp Rear Flat Door, 6-way adjustable front seats, Dual tone interiors

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Exterior

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Exterior
Citroen C3

The base model of Tata Punch comes with turn indicators on Outside Rear View Mirrors (OVRM), giving it a more premium look. While the higher variants of C3 may offer the same, the base model lacks them. However, the Citroen C3 does come in more colours, having 10 colour options compared to Punch’s 8.

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Exterior
Tata Punch
Alloy Wheels No No
Headlights Halogen Halogen
Tail Lights Halogen Halogen
OVRM Yes Yes
Turn Indicators on OVRMs No Yes
Antenna Yes
Roof Rails Yes No
Colours Polar White, Platinum Grey, Zesty Orange, + 7 more Grassland Beige, Calypso Red, Meteor Bronze, + 5 more

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Comfort

Both cars leave a lot to be desired when it comes to added comfort features. Neither of the base models comes with smartphone or USB connectivity, and also lacks a touchscreen infotainment system. The higher variants may come equipped with premium features but at a price point of Rs 5-6 lakh, buyers will find these features missing.

Smartphone Connectivity No No
USB Connectivity No No
12V Power Outlets Yes Yes
Steering Mounted Controls No No
GPS Navigation System No No
Follow Me Headlamps No No
Instrument Cluster Analog Analog-Digital

Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Safety

Both cars offers the standard safety features found in their respective segments. The Citroen C3 comes with Brake Assist, which is missing in Tata Punch’s base model. Both cars are equipped with 2 airbags for the front row as per the safety regulations. 

Airbags 2 (Driver & Passenger) 2 (Driver & Passenger)
Knee Airbags No No
Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock No No
Overspeed Warning Yes Yes
Seatbelt Warning Yes Yes
Central Locking No Yes
Child Safety Lock Yes Yes
ABS Yes Yes
EBD Yes Yes
BA Yes No
ESP No No
Hill Control No No
TCS No No

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If you’re looking for a bigger vehicle with better engine performance, we’d suggest Tata Punch. However, if you want more control over customization, Citroen C3 comes with 3 customizable packs with 56 customization options. If you’re looking to widen your search to higher variants, Citroen C3 also offers an option of a 1.2-litre turbo engine. Which vehicle would you pick between Citroen C3 and Tata Punch? Let us know in the comments!

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