Citroën C3 (10 on) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 07 Jun 2013
3.5
Chic, sophisticated and refined. These are the qualities Citroen has aimed to instil in the C3 - a car designed to rival the likes of the Ford Fiesta.

Citroën C3 (10 on)
Refined and quiet, forgiving ride, low running costs, economical engines, neatly styled interior
Steering lacks feel, other small cars are more enjoyable to drive, poor manual gearbox

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

Chic, sophisticated and refined. These are the qualities Citroen has aimed to instil in the C3 - a car designed to rival the likes of the Ford Fiesta. While it retains the similar rounded shape of the original C3, this model is far superior in every department with a giant leap forward in quality and refinement. Quiet on the move, it has a big car feel on the motorway, but is easy to drive in town, while a range of impressively economical engines make it cheap to run. There's even a low-emissions Airdream+ version that qualifies for free road tax. The interior is stylish and well thought out, plus there's plenty of passenger space. But while it's certainly an improvement, it is still lacking in some areas - a poor gearbox and artificial steering let it down while the interior quality isn't up to the class best.

In December 2011 two special edition C3s were launched, the C3 Black and the C3 Whtie. These both got black or white highlights and replace the 1.4i VT model.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

3 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4.5 out of 5

Buying new

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Folding Door Mirrors Bluetooth 17 Inch Alloys That I ordered The Same Time As The Car, The Handling Is Brilliant Plus The Looks.  

5 out of 5

Lee Bengough ,   25 May 2014    ... read more

 The car comes with 5 doors, ISO Fix seats, plenty of leg room and boot space, it really is a perfect car for people thinking of starting a family, which you wouldn't expect for a small car. The car is...  

4 out of 5

Lee Morgan ,   06 Mar 2014    ... read more

 The fuel consumption, its a great little engine that averages high 60's to low 70's, even had 80mpg out of her!  

4 out of 5

Tony Burns ,   08 Aug 2013    ... read more

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