Citroën C3 hatchback
Price £11,075 - £16,790
- Very comfortable
- Quiet and spacious
- Decent interior
- Not great to drive
- Entry-level models poorly equipped
- Four-star Euro NCAP safety rating
At a glance
"The Citroen C3 has low running costs and a practical interior, and thanks to its soft suspension it’s one of the most comfortable superminis on the market."
While many superminis are billed as ‘sporty’, the Citroen C3 has bucked the trend and instead offers the most comfortable ride in its class, as well as an impressively quiet interior.
If you want a small car that feels grown-up on the motorway, the C3 scores highly, but if you want a fun car to drive, the stylish Citroen DS3 or Ford Fiesta will suit you much better. Other cars that directly rival the C3 are the Hyundai i20 and the Renault Clio.
With five doors, access to the roomy rear seats is easy and the C3 also has a pretty large 300-litre boot. It's one of the most spacious small cars on offer, with only the tall Honda Jazz offering significantly more room.
The 1.6-litre petrol aside, all the engines are highly economical, with every diesel version topping 70mpg and most of them being exempt from road tax. Performance is a little sluggish, but most versions are similar to rivals and feel quick enough for town driving and longer trips. Our favourite versions of the C3 are the 1.2-litre VTi 82 petrol and 1.6-litre e-HDi 90 diesel, which both hit the sweet spot of performance and fuel economy.
Three main trim levels are available. The VT is rather basic – it has a modest amount of kit and lacks a full set of airbags. The higher trims are called VTR+ and Exclusive. You may also come across the Selection special edition, which adds a bit of extra kit to the VTR+ trim and costs an extra £400.
The C3 starts from just over £11,000 for the 1.0-litre VTi 68 petrol model. The cheapest diesel, the 1.4-litre HDi in VT trim, costs just over £13,000. These prices are on par with the Hyundai i20 and Renault Clio, although the entry-level models of those cars are slightly cheaper.
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Most Citroen C3 hatchback models return impressive fuel economy – just avoid the 1.6-litre petrol
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The Citroen C3 is as comfortable as a bigger car and has a pleasant interior
A large boot and five doors make the Citroen C3 highly practical
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