I need a small car with comfortable suspension - any ideas?

I am looking to buy a petrol Citroen C2 or C3 (1.1 or preferably 1.4). I want soft suspension. Roads in my country of Serbia are full of holes and imperfections and I don't want a car to be "braking my spine" while driving it. On some websites, it says that these cars have soft ride, and on some that they have bouncy ride. "What Car" says that C3's ride is refined, while Parkers say that is it unrefined. My parents have Dacia Sandero 1.4 (2009), and it has soft suspension. So, I know how it feels like (it is very good). What do you think?

My question is, do C2 and C3 have softer, harder or basically the same suspension compared to Dacio Sandero?

Also, as a bonus question, which one of these cars would you recommend for me? C2 or C3? I will use it mainly for commute (to work). 20km+20km a day, mainly on a highway (the section that goes through a city, so there is a lot of traffic and speeds rarely go above 80km/h there), and a bit of city diving.
I will be using aircon a lot during summer. So I should probably go for 1.4 all things considered. I don't want deisels, because of so many problems and expensive faults.

I am 28, and this will by my first car.

Asked on 23 December 2016 by Slobodan

Answered by Honest John
The Sandero is based on an older model Clio. The C3 is a Peugeot/Citroen design. Both have similar strut type front suspension and twist beam coil rear suspension. How well they ride depends on the spring rates and the profiles of the tyres. So any of these cars on 14 inch wheels with 65 profile tyres will ride better than on 15 inch wheels with 55 profile tyres and a lot better than on 16 inch wheels with 45 profile tyres. We were testing the latest range of Sanderos, Logan MCVs and Dusters in Croatia a couple of weeks ago. The Logans were all on sensible 15 inch wheels with 185/55 R15 tyres; the Sandero Stepway was on 16 inch wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres and the Duster was on 215/65 R16 mud and snow tyres. Forget the C2. You wont get decent ride quality out of that due to the short wheelbase.
Dear Honest John,

Please help me choose my next car. I would like it to have:
    Select a few terms below
Similar questions
What's the most comfortable riding car for rough roads and potholes?
A member of my family suffers from chronic pain and we need a very comfortable car with very soft springing. We currently have a C5 with Hydractive 3 suspension, which has been brilliant but it's reaching...
Is there a car on the market that can match the Citroen C5 Tourer Exclusive Hydrostatic (2008-on) for its ability to turn our cratered and potholed roads into a quiet and comfortable magic carpet ride?...
Related models
Low running costs, including insurance. Good crash test rating.
Clever design for the boot floor. Four-star crash test rating. Good balance of ride comfort and roadholding.
 

Ask Honest John

Value my car