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What is it?
The C3 is Citroen’s five-door supermini, which majors on comfort, space and practicality. There’s no three-door version as that honour is reserved for sister car the DS3.
What is the Citroen C3 like to drive?
Citroen has made the C3’s suspension quite soft, so the ride is very comfortable. As a result, it’s easy to drive around town and it’s great on the motorway, where it soaks up long trips in a much more relaxed fashion than most superminis.
What engines are available?
There are two petrol engines, both of which are small three-cylinder units. The first is a 68hp 1.0-litre and the second is a 1.2 with either 82hp or 110hp. The diesel option is a single 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit with either 75hp or 100hp. All models come with a five-speed manual gearbox, though the 82hp petrol is available with a five-speed automatic.
What are the key standard features of the Citroen C3?
The C3 has four trim levels starting with VT, which comes with 15in steel wheels, front electric windows, power door mirrors, an aux input and a CD player with steering wheel mounted controls.
What are the key options?
A Visibility pack including automatic lights and wipers, a style and convenience pack and leather seats can all be ordered with the top-spec Exclusive model. Rear parking sensors and sat nav can are also available as individual options with the VTR+ trim level.
How spacious is the Citroen C3?
Practicality is one of the Citroen’s strong suits. There is no three-door version, as there often is with rival superminis, so the extra pair of back doors makes it easier to get in and out. The roof is quite high so headroom is good for a small hatchback and rear legroom isn’t bad either. At 300 litres with the rear seats in place, the C3 has one ofthe biggest boots in its class. Fold the back seats down and it can swallow 1000 litres, too.
What will it cost to run?
The 100hp 1.6-litre diesel is the most efficient C3 as it emits 87g/km of CO 2 , so it’s in the 16% benefit in kind band. It’s followed by the 75hp version of the same engine with 90g/km, which remains in the 16% band. The petrols are hardly inefficient themselves, as the 68hp 1.0-litre model emits 102g/km and actually sits in the 15% benefit in kind bracket – one lower than the diesels because it’s not subject to the government’s 3% diesel levy.
What safety features does it have?
As standard, the C3 comes with six airbags, remote central locking, child locks at the rear, Isofix child seat mounts and three-point seat belts in the rear.
Alternatives include the Renault Clio, Hyundai i20, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 208 and Mazda2.