The Citroen C3 offers plenty of style and the most comfort of any car in the supermini class, Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo included. The Citroen C3 hatchback comes as a five-door only and all Citroen C3s have a panoramic windscreen, which stretches back into the roof. The Citroen C3 doesn’t handle as well as the Ford Fiesta, and rear seat space is tight, but the interior quality is a huge step up from the last Citroen C3. The Airdream+ diesel is especially economical, returning 74.3mpg, but the best mix of value and performance is had from Citroen C3 VTR+ with the 1.4-litre petrol engine.
- Very comfortable
- Quiet and spacious
- Decent interior
- Not great to drive
- Entry-level models poorly equipped
- Four-star Euro NCAP safety rating
When it comes to comfort, the Citroen C3 is one of the better superminis. Supple suspension means it floats over all but the very biggest potholes. The rear seats are a little tight for legroom, but the 300-litre boot is a useful size, if a little difficult to load because of a high boot lip. The C3 copes with fast roads and motorways as well as many larger cars, and most of the line-up is well equipped. It's worth noting that the interior finish and quality of this car is significantly better than its predecessor's, which didn’t feel very upmarket.
The Citroen C3 is available with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, which are highly economical so long as you avoid the thirsty 1.6-litre petrol. Every diesel returns over 70mpg and most are also exempt from road tax. VT, VTR+ and Exclusive trim levels are available, but with no air-con, side airbags or electronic stability control, the VT is very basic. The middle and top-spec trim levels are better equipped, but can’t match more technology-focused cars like the Volkswagen Polo, which offers a touchscreen infotainment display.