When you have a child, the fact that they will one day be of driving age is so far out of your mind. As time flies by, however, one day, that bundle of baby joy will be a teenager, clamouring for independence and wishing to have an automobile of their own. While there has yet to be a vehicle invented that fully guarantees protection of young drivers, there are many safety features available in automobiles. When choosing which vehicle to purchase for your teenager, you will want to consider which will be most safe for them. These might include the number of airbags, brake features, and safety belt specifications.
There are several models of the Citroen available that are equipped with a variety of safety features. Additionally, the various styles and shapes may be safer for your individual teenager depending on the intended use and their destinations. A larger model might be better for a teenager who drives others around, while it might be less suitable for your teen who has to drive on crowded streets and park in smaller, confined areas. Since you are your teenager's parent, you will be the best judge of which Citroen model fits your teen's needs.
History of the Citroen
The Citroen automobile was the innovative result of a businessman's need to continue utilising his factory. During World War I, Andre Citroen manufactured armaments for France. Once the war ended, the need for armaments ended as well, and Citroen was left without a product. In 1919, Citroen's factory produced the Type A, which was the first automobile of his line. With this successful production, Citroen briefly entertained a sale to General Motors, but when the sale fell apart, his company remained independent for a long time.
The company was in good hands, however, as Andre Citroen was an excellent marketer of his product. Citroen was the first mass-produced automobile outside of Europe, and Andre Citroen created the first car company to craft a sales and marketing department that complemented the car itself. He was an innovator in all respects of his business. In fact, he advertised his company on the Eiffel Tower, using it as the world's largest billboard as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Other new and exciting advertisements included the sponsorship of expeditions around Africa and Australia.
Citroen's vehicles were proven to be sturdy as well as safe, by their performance in groundbreaking treks around the rough terrains of these continents. After this time, Andre Citroen went into business with an American called Edward Budd who introduced him to the steel construction of automobiles. Up until this point, cars were made from wood, and being ahead of the pack made Citroen's success continue to rise. Throughout the rest of the twentieth century, the Citroen company saw its share of ups and downs in the marketplace, eventually settling under the umbrella of Peugeot.
Available Types of Citroens
When choosing the right Citroen for your teenager, you will want to take into consideration all of the available types of Citroen automobiles and their available features. Knowing each of the models and their features will assist you in making an informed decision. Currently, there are fourteen different Citroen models available.
The Citroen C1 is a hatchback model and is the most economical Citroen purchase. The emissions on this model are very low, which makes the taxes lower as well because of the lower environmental impact. The Citroen C1 is considered economical to insure as well, falling somewhere between Group three and Group four.
Base model Citroen C3s are found in the group five range of insurance, with higher specification models rising to Group eighteen, which is still in the below average range for insurance. This five-seat hatchback base model comes standard with both driver and passenger airbags as well as central locking. The Citroen C3 exclusive model has optional rear parking sensors as well.
Citroen Berlingo Multispace
The Citroen Berlingo Multispace is also a five-seat hatchback. This model has been given a high safety rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme. Electronic Stability, or ESP, is an optional safety feature on the base model.
The base model of the Citroen DS3, another five-seat hatchback, comes standard with many safety features as well as the optional rear parking sensors. While there is no current safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme, the Citroen DS3 is considered economical to insure.
Citroen C3 Picasso
This MPV, or people carrier model comes in both petrol and diesel engine options. Rear parking sensors are not available on the base model Citroen C3 Picasso, however, electronic stability is an optional safety feature.
Citroen DS3 Cabrio
The Citroen DS3 Cabrio is a convertible-style vehicle. All available models require unleaded petrol fuel. Standard safety features include airbags and rear parking sensors. The Citroen DS3 Cabrio is rated an average of group ten insurance.
There are twelve available models in the Citroen C4 model range. This larger five-seat hatchback rates in group twelve for insurance. There are both unleaded petrol and diesel engines available. The base model comes standard with both driver and passenger side airbags. Rear parking sensors and alarm are not available on the base model, however, they are standard on mid-range models and beyond.
Citroen C4 Picasso
The Citroen C4 Picasso is an MPV, or people carrier body style of vehicle. There are five-seats available in this model which is available in both diesel and unleaded petrol engines. Rear parking sensors are standard on all models which range between groups twelve and nineteen for insurance purposes.
There are currently twelve models within the Citroen DS4 model range. This coupe-style vehicle has a wide range of models, with the base model being very economical to insure, and the more exclusive models being more expensive with the higher rating of group thirty one. Rear parking sensors are available as either standard or optional features on all models of the DS4.
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
All models of the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso carry below average insurance costs. This people carrier-style Citroen can hold up to seven passengers. All safety features except alarms are standard on the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso.
The Citroen C5 model range contains nine saloon-style cars. All models in the C5 range have diesel engines. All safety features come standard, save the rear parking sensor which is standard on some models and optional in others.
Citroen C5 Tourer
All models in the Citroen C5 Tourer range are estate-style diesel engine vehicles. The C5 Tourer has a wide range of insurance ratings with the base models being below average cost to insure and more premium models carrying an above average insurance rating. Starting with the base model, all safety features are standard except the rear parking sensor which is part of an optional package. Pricer models have all standard safety features.
There is only one model of Citroen C-Zero, which is an electric hatchback vehicle. The Citroen C-Zero seats four people and has most safety features standard except the alarm. The rear parking sensor is a dealer fitted option. Unlike most other Citroen models, the C-Zero is rear wheel drive.
There are thirteen available models within the Citroen DS5 model range. These hatchbacks accommodate five passengers and while most models are diesel engines, there are two available DS5s with unleaded petrol engines. Hybrid engines are also available in the DS5 model range.
Using all of the above information will help you decide which safety features are necessary for your own teenager. You will also wish to weigh the other considerations such as insurability, passenger space, and fuel options when making your decision.
Choosing the right Citroen for your teenager can seem like an overwhelming task at first. Finding the safest option for your teenager is top priority as it is for all parents, and when it comes to automobiles, there are fewer safety concerns more pressing. Parents take time to look at all of the options available to them, including the requirements specific to their own situation, including any financial constraints.When you are choosing between the many options of Citroen models, years of manufacture, and included safety features, it is important that you spend some time researching all of the options and how they relate to your specific teenager.
Taking the time to learn about all of the available choices will make your eventual purchase a smooth transaction. Whether you find the right vehicle for your teenager at a dealership, through a private seller, or online at site such as eBay, a little research beforehand will help you make the best choice for your family. When you decide upon a Citroen for your teenager, you can do so with confidence and the peace of mind that your teen is driving the best vehicle for them.