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Citroen C3 Review
- Fun exterior styling
- Characterful interior
- Innovative technology including built-in dashcam
- Comfortable ride
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Citroen C3 - Overview
Citroen’s latest C3 is a big return to form for the French brand, being a stylish design full of character and innovation, inside and out. Most notable are the Airbump panels, fitted to the Flair trim level as standard and designed to stop those annoying car park scrapes by protecting the door. It also produces a separate roof colour, which grabs the attention.
What is the Citroen C3 like to drive?
Citroen, at its best, has always prioritised a comfortable ride over a sporty drive, and the C3 conforms to that, soaking up bumps and humps well. It’s a car most at home in an urban setting, with light steering making for simple manoeuvring, helped by good all-round visibility.
Out of town, high-speed refinement levels in terms of wind and road noise are in line with rivals.
The efficiency of the petrol engines means only serious high-mileage drivers should feel the need to plump for the diesels and the mid-power 82hp 1.2 petrol propels its way around town handily, though users heading out of town more frequently will want to consider the most powerful engine in the range – the 110hp version of the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 1.2 68hp, 108-109g/km CO2 (20% BIK), 60.1mpg
- 1.2 82hp, 108-109g/km CO2 (20% BIK), 60.1mpg
- 1.2 110hp, 103-110g/km CO2 (19-20% BIK), 57.6-61.4mpg
- 1.6 75hp, 92-93g/km CO2 (20% BIK), 78.5-80.7mpg
- 1.6 100hp, 95g/km CO2 (21% BIK), 76.3mpg
- 5-speed manual
- 6-speed semi-automatic
Citroen C3 trim levels explained
Citroen offers three trim levels with the C3; Touch, Feel and Flair.
- DAB radio
- 15” steel wheels
- Aux and USB input
- Lane departure warning
- Speed limit recognition and warning
- Cruise control
- Remote locking
- Height-adjustable driver’s seat
Feel (in addition to Touch)
- 16” alloys
- Contract roof colour
- Gloss black mirrors
- LED daytime running lights
- Apple CarPlay
- Climate Control
- 7.0-inch colour touchscreen
- Electric windows and mirrors
Flair (in addition to Feel)
- Automatic lights and wipers
- ConnectedCAM Citroen dashcam
- Rear parking sensors and camera
- Front fog lights
- Tinted rear windows
- Leather steering wheel and gear lever
How to spec the Citroen C3
One big reason for picking the top Flair trim level is that it gets the most innovative features as standard, including the Airbump that both adds a bit more individuality and protects the doors from scratches, and the ConnectedCAM Citroen dashcam system that automatically saves footage of incidents and can also link with social media to manually record footage or pictures.
Sat nav is a £500 option on the top two trim levels and upgrading to 17” alloys costs £200. A blind-spot monitoring system is £100, keyless entry and start costs £250 and a panoramic glass roof is a £400 option.
The ConnectedCAM system is available as an option on the mid-spec Feel trim for £380, as is the Airbump for £290, a price that also includes front fog lights. The mid-level trim can also be had with a £250 Comfort Pack that brings auto lights and wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror and rear parking sensors.
Citroen C3 Interior – what’s it like?
The interior picks up where the exterior styling leaves off in terms of adding character where the previous C3 was lacking. There’s a vast array of materials and trims, including various grades of plastic, a leather-effect door handle and two different ‘ambience’ options for upgrading the dashboard, seat colour and texture.
A boot space of 300 litres is good for the class and is deep in shape and interior storage includes well-sized door bins.
Probably the most characterful car in the supermini segment, Citroen has reverted to what it’s good at with a car that looks funky inside and out, is comfortable, efficient and has plenty of innovation.