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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

The driver sits quite high up in the C3 with a good view of the road ahead - in fact the commanding driving position is almost MPV-like. Unfortunately that's not great when it comes to corners as you tend to move around in the seat, which itself lacks side support. The dash design is quite neat but quality is below par and with scratchy plastics and fiddly switches it's way behind the class best, however the digital speedo and rev counter are neat touches.

We're not fans of the steering wheel which is unpleasant to hold while the vague gear change and cheap feeling lever leave much to be desired.

The seats in the C3 are a little narrow and lack support but they're fairly supple while the large windows mean the cabin is light and airy. There's a lack of refinement on the move though and this shows with intrusive engine and wind noise at speed while air conditioning is only available on SX (now Rhythm) models and higher.