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Citroën C3 hatchback - Reliability & safety

The brand’s reliability record isn’t great, but the new Citroen C3 should be pretty safe

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

Citroen has had a mixed reputation for reliability in the past but recent models appear to be quite robust. Its 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines are certainly well-tested, having appeared in a multitude of Citroen and Peugeot models. The C3's Euro NCAP crash-test score is respectable for an affordable supermini, and novel features like a dashcam show Citroen is keen to usher in convenient tech that helps it stand out amongst rivals.

Citroen C3 reliability

Citroen isn’t generally known for bulletproof reliability and our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey saw it come 18th out of 30 brands - an improvement from 24th place the year before. The C3 came 81st out of the 100 cars in the 2019 survey but didn’t feature in 2020. The Citroen C3 Aircross that's based on the C3 came 66th in 2020, with 20% of respondents telling us they'd had an issue in the first year.

Safety

The C3 was awarded four out of five stars for safety by Euro NCAP. Crash testing revealed physical protection of occupants to be very good, but the car was marked down for its lack of autonomous emergency braking (although it is standard for the Shine Plus trim). There’s plenty of standard safety kit, however, including mandatory items like tyre-pressure monitoring, stability control and a plethora of airbags front and back. You can also get equipment like blind-spot detection and a driver fatigue monitor that can sense how long you’ve been driving and suggest when you need to take a break.

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