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)|
|Transmission||5-Speed Manual||5-Speed Manual|
|Price||Rs 5.71 lakh||Rs 5.83 lakh|
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|
|Max Power||[email protected]||[email protected]|
|Max Torque||[email protected]||[email protected]|
|Engine Norm Compliance||BS 6||BS 6|
|Valves per Cylinder||4||4|
|Fuel Supply System||–||–|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||–||15.23 seconds|
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.
|Boot Space||315 litre||366 litre|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||30 litre||37 litre|
|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|
|Steering||Power Assisted||Power Assisted|
|Tyre Size||195/65 R15||185/70 R15|
Citroen C3 vs Tata Punch: Interior
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.
|Dual Tone Dashboard||No||Yes|
|Rear Seat Headrest||Yes||Yes|
|Seating Capacity||5 people||5 people|
|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
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.
|Turn Indicators on OVRMs||No||Yes|
|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.
|12V Power Outlets||Yes||Yes|
|Steering Mounted Controls||No||No|
|GPS Navigation System||No||No|
|Follow Me Headlamps||No||No|
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)|
|Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock||No||No|
|Child Safety Lock||Yes||Yes|
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!