Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Lots of storage for odds and ends
  • Glovebox pitifully small on UK cars
  • One of the largest boots in its class

The C3 may well go up against the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, but just by looking at it from the outside, you’d swear it was in the class above. It’s not a small car.

In reality, that’s only partially good news for practicality fans, as there’s plenty of space in the boot and for those sat up front, but a little more cosy for those in the rear. Back seat space isn’t quite so good if there are taller occupants in the front with their seats slid back, but it’s still comfortable enough for short journeys.

Up front the dash echoes that of the larger C4 Cactus with clever storage ideas and lots of little cubbies. Although Citroen was initially keen to point out the C3 features a 6.25-litre glovebox,we wouldn’t get too excited – right-hand drive versions won’t get this because the fuse box is in the way and can’t be moved. Instead, you're left with something so narrow it can't even accomodate the handbook.

It’s a good thing the door bins are a large enough size and the storage cubbies around the gearlever are a little more usable than those in the Cactus, although still not ideally placed. Place a drink in one of the cupholders ahead of the gearlever and it can get in the way of changing gear, while the storage areas are a little less accommodating for the ever-growing size of smartphones. We'd also like to see a front centre armrest on higher spec models, as found on many rivals, but it can be found on the C3's accessories list.

The boot is a generous 300 litres, which is larger than the VW Polo and Peugeot 208 – although the Kia Rio runs it close, but it's trounced by the enormous 391-litre boot on the Mk5 Renault Clio. The Citroen, like the Renault, also quite a high loading lip to heft heavy shopping bags over. There are no hooks on the side for hanging items, however.

Fold down the back seats and load space increases to 922 litres.

Will it fit in my garage?

The C3 might look a little more bulky on the outside, but parking sensors are standard on the top two models, while top-spec Flair Plus comes with a rear-view camera.

Otherwise the C3 is 3,996mm long, 1,490mm tall and 2,007mm wide (including mirrors).

>> Find out how we got on with the C3's practicality in our long-term test

Not the safest of superminis

  • Awarded four stars for Euro NCAP crash tests
  • No autonomous emergency braking system
  • Other safety aids are available, though

Citroen has piled on the safety tech with the third-generation C3, with an impressive roaster of kit available, both as standard and from the options list.

Highlights include lane-departure warning and traffic sign recognition which are standard across the range, while extras such as blindspot monitoring and hill-start assist are also available to add as optional extras.

What wasn’t available at the time, though, was autonomous emergency braking (AEB) which stopped it getting a top score when assessed by Euro NCAP. The organisation also cited the C3’s pedestrian safety as a limiting factor when it announced its four-star rating.

This has been fitted to C3s since and it standard on Origins and Flair Plus models. What we'd like to see is the option for LED headlights as we found the standard halogen ones to be weak at night.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Citroën C3.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • 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
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Elle equipment

Elle standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
Elle optional equipment
  • Alarm

Feel equipment

Feel standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
Feel optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Heated mirrors
  • Traction control

Feel Nav Edition equipment

Feel Nav Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Feel Nav Edition optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Traction control

Flair equipment

Flair standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
Flair optional equipment
  • Traction control

Flair Nav Edition equipment

Flair Nav Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Flair Nav Edition optional equipment
  • Traction control

Flair Plus equipment

Flair Plus standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Flair Plus optional equipment
None available

Origins equipment

Origins standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Origins optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Traction control

Touch equipment

Touch standard equipment
  • Steel wheels
Touch optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Traction control

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Citroën C3 was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 88%
Child Occupant: 83%
Vulnerable Road Users: 59%
Safety Assist: 58%

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.