Citroen C3 Manuals

Citroen C3: Automatic gearbox / Automatic operation

  • Select position D for automatic changing of the six gears.

The gearbox then operates in auto-adaptive mode, without any intervention on the part of the driver. It continuously selects the most suitable gear according to the driving style, the road profile and the load in the vehicle.

For maximum acceleration without touching the selector, press the accelerator fully down (kickdown). The gearbox changes down automatically or holds the gear selected until the maximum engine speed is reached.

When braking, the gearbox changes down automatically to provide effective engine braking.

If you release the accelerator sharply, the 6 gearbox will not shift to a higher gear for safety reasons.

Citroen C3. Automatic operation Never select position N while the vehicle is moving.

Never select positions P or R unless the vehicle is completely stationary.

"Sport" programme

This special programme supplements the automatic operation in specific conditions of use.

"Sport"

  • Press this button, once the engine has started.

"S" appears on the instrument panel. The gearbox automatically favours a dynamic style of driving.

Return to automatic operation

  • At any time, press the selected button again to quit the activated programme and return to auto-adaptive mode.

    Starting the vehicle

    With your foot on the brake pedal, select position P or N. Start the engine.If the conditions are not met, you will hear an audible signal, accompanied by the display of a message...

    Manual operation

    To limit fuel consumption during an extended standstill with the engine running (for example, in a traffic jam), set the gear selector to N and apply the parking brake...

    Other information:

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    Citroen C3 2016-2021 Owners Manual: Gear efficiency indicator


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