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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Surprisingly the C3 was awarded only four stars out of five by Euro NCAP for crash protection and many other small cars, such as the Hyundai i20 and Ford Fiesta, have received five stars. The main reason it misses out on the top score is that stability control isn't standard on the range and is only available on certain models. Under Euro NCAP's stricter rating (introduced in 2009) this means it can't be awarded the maximum rating.

The safety organisation also highlighted poor protection from the seat and head restraint against whiplash injuries.

With 300 litres of luggage space, the C3 has one of the largest boots in the small car class and can carry more than alternatives like the Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 207. It's on par with the Skoda Fabia but has a less prominent load lip while the boot area itself is more than a metre wide. The rear seats split 60/40 and fold down with just one lever (from the boot or the seats themselves) allowing you to carry larger items.

Up front there is good stowage including a large glovebox, a useful central cubby between the front seats and - on certain models - underseat trays. The door pockets are annoyingly short though and not very user-friendly.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Citroën C3 (10-16).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Airdream equipment

Airdream standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steel wheels
Airdream optional equipment
None available

Black equipment

Black standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
Black optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

CONNEXION equipment

CONNEXION standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Sat Nav
CONNEXION optional equipment
None available

Edition equipment

Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
Edition optional equipment
None available

Exclusive equipment

Exclusive standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
Exclusive optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

Platinum equipment

Platinum standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
Platinum optional equipment
None available

Selection equipment

Selection standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
Selection optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

VT equipment

VT standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
VT optional equipment
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
  • Traction control

VTR+ equipment

VTR+ standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
VTR+ optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

White equipment

White standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
White optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Citroën C3 (10-16) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2009 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2009
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 83%
Child Occupant: 74%
Vulnerable Road Users: 33%
Safety Assist: 40%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.