Perfect first car. Small 5 door with very low milage. Brand new clutch fitted less than 6 months ago and recently serviced with new battery. Taxed up until the end of Nov. 2016 (waiting on tax disc) and nct until feb. 2017. Only reason for selling is I am moving. | ABS Brakes, Airbags, Air Conditioning, All electrics, CD Player, Power Steering, Lady Owner, Cd/Radio
1.4 HDi’s torque
Airy and spacious
Tough oily bits
Comfortable, practical, cheap.
All are slow
Rear leg room
Silly XTR spec
Slow, odd looks, cheapy interior.
Fresh and funky when it was new, the C3 isn’t aging as well as we’d hoped. The arced design is still interesting, but now that we’re used to it we see that the C3 isn’t that pretty. The rear light arrangement is excellent, but the egg-like cabin is a bit toy-town compared to grown-up rivals.
The 1.1 C3 is one of the slowest cars you can buy, taking a painful 17.3 seconds to reach 100km/h. The 1.4 petrol is only a little faster at 14.2 seconds, while the 1.4 HDi splits the two at 15.4 seconds. Fine 1.6 can only manage 12.4 seconds because of that silly box.
The C3’s handling is safe and predictable, understeering gently if pushed but always remaining controllable. The steering is a little slow and light and there’s a bit too much body roll, but the controls are light and easy to use and the ride is excellent for such a small car.
The C3’s dashboard is darker than the one found in the C2, but otherwise it’s identical. They all share the same sound ergonomics, blighted by those annoying digital instruments. The seats also lack lateral support, and driving position still doesn’t suit tall drivers.
The C3’s interior is made of fairly hard and cheap-feeling plastics, even though Citroen have done their best to make it look good. It feels robust mechanically, mind, and rides rather well despite its short wheelbase. However, the interior quality really lets it down.
The C3 has a 4-Star NCAP rating and the base model is equipped with twin airbags, front seat belt load-limiters, auto-locking doors, ISOFIX child seat mounts and three 3-point seatbelts, and headrests in the rear. VSX and XTR models add side airbags, with curtain bags optional.
Apart from a slight lack of rear leg room, there’s little to complain about in the C3. The boot is fairly large (a handy divider is available), there’s lots of head room, and there are plenty of storage nooks and compartments dotted about the place.
The C3 isn’t bad value at all, offering decent specification for the money. If you can, wait for one of Citroen’s superb offers, though. They’ve hurt resale values so unless you avail of an offer, you’ll get stung. In the meantime, general running costs are very low.
The base C3 is fitted with electric front windows, remote locking, a CD player with remote controls and a trip computer. The VSX adds A/C, alloys, side airbags, fog lights, electric mirrors and front armrests. The XTR loses the alloys and A/C but gets an XTR bodykit, roof bars and seatback tables.
The C3 range kicks off with the coarse 61bhp 1.1, which is completely overwhelmed even when the car is empty. The 75bhp 1.4 is marginally better, while the 70bhp 1.4 HDi is slow off the mark but pulls hard in the mid range. The 110bhp 1.6 is quick, but saddled with auto box.