French hatch picks up essential active safety tech and navigation, though with a notable price bump.
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Citroen Australia has confirmed MY19 upgrades for its C3 hatchback, bringing a much-needed equipment enhancement to make it more competitive against key rivals.

For the 2019 model year, the C3 hatchback picks up active safety technologies previously unavailable to local models, including low-speed autonomous emergency braking (up to 30km/h).

Other additions include blind-spot monitoring alert, keyless entry with push-button start, and inbuilt satellite navigation for the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The latter bolsters the exisiting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring technologies.

These upgrades don't come for free, however, with the manufacturer's list price increasing to to $26,990 before on-road costs, up from the outgoing 2018 model's $23,490 ticket.

By comparison, the Volkswagen Polo 85 TSI Comfortline starts at $22,790 plus ORCs for the DSG-equipped version, and comes with AEB and an 8.0-inch touchscreen as standard, though requires the $1900 Sound & Vision package for factory navigation, and the $1400 Driver Assistance package for blind-spot monitoring.

As before, power comes from a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine developing 81kW at 5500rpm, 205Nm at just 1500rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic as standard.

It appears the French brand has streamlined the options list for 2019, too, with the only cost option listed being Almond Green exterior paint, asking for $290 more than the wider palette. The fixed panoramic roof, alternate interior colourways and black alloy wheel options seem to have been deleted for 2019.

According to the latest VFACTS sales data, Citroen's local division has registered just 13 C3s year-to-date as of March 31, with three of those coming last month.

That's down 83.3% compared to March 2018, and own 63.9% on the year-to-date figure for the same period last year.

Note: 2018 Citroen C3 shown