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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
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PROS

Refined and quiet, forgiving ride, low running costs, economical engines, neatly styled interior

CONS

Steering lacks feel, other small cars are more enjoyable to drive, poor manual gearbox

Verdict

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.

What owners say about this car

Great driving position, easy to use and drive, great unfussy controls. Read owner review

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