Citroen C3

3/5
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Verdict

The changes made for the new Citroen C3 is a real step forward for this supermini. The new version is fresher, more stylish and seems to be bigger than ever. Of course, the manufacturer dipped into the style and design boxes of the C4 Cactus and they have added the funky-looking Air Bumps to the sides of this vehicle. This car faces very stiff competition from the likes of the Ford Fiesta, the Skoda Fabia, the Opel Corsa and the Volkswagen Polo.

Performance

It appears that Citroen aren't overly concerned about performance when it comes to the latest generation C3. They seem to be looking more towards comfort and style. In fairness to them, that's what a lot of shoppers are looking for. The car is available with a mix of four engines. The PureTech petrol engines offer between 68 and 82 hp, while the diesel, BlueHDi engines offer either 75 or 100 hp. The 1.2 litre 68hp PureTech engine will bring the Citroen C3 from 0-100km/h in 14 seconds and has a top speed of 172 km/h. The same sized engine with 82hp, offers 0-100km/h in 13 seconds. The 100 hp diesel model's 1.6 Blue HDi model will cover the same distance in 10.6 seconds.

Ride & Handling

The new Citroen C3's suspension set up is suited to Irish roads. It's smooth on flat surfaces and on rougher roads, it can soak up bumps without causing any major discomfort, unless of course you hit some large potholes. While the car does soak up rough roads, the suspension is on the soft side, so it can be occasionally bumpy. On corners, you will find body roll and the steering lacks feel. The other thing that stands out is the lack of sixth gear – when you are getting up to motorway speeds, you can feel a strain on the engine and the car feels/sounds like it wants to go up another gear.

Refinement

This car is presented very well, and the interior is certainly a nice place to be in when you're in the higher trims. However, the car can be subject to a lot of engine noise when you are trying to get up to motorway speeds. As already mentioned, this might be eased slightly if there was a sixth gear. The car also lets some road and wind noise into the cabin.

Quality & Reliability

The exterior looks stylish, and Citroen deserve thumbs up for bringing some of the best visuals from the C4 Cactus over to the C3 - especially the Air Bumps. We're not too sure what it is about them that appeals so much, but we do think they add a stylish quirkiness to the car. Unfortunately, those same Air Bumps are only available as standard with the highest trim. Inside, as ever, Citroen are good at bringing the illusion of space to what is a relatively small car. The cars are nicely specced, especially if you opt for the "Feel" or "Flair" models, however, it is disappointing that you must choose air conditioning as an optional extra (€600) on the entry-level "Touch" trim. The interior is a very comfortable place to sit, but if you are putting pressure on the engine to get to motorway speeds, you will notice road noise coming through to the interior. You will also hear the pressure being placed on the small engines.

Safety & Security

We were unable to find a Euro NCAP score for this new generation of C3, but we will update this page as soon as we have the information. What we do know is that Blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and a reversing camera is available with the car. There’s also a coffee break alert feature – which is an alert that is sent after 2 hours of continuous driving at over 60km/h.

Space & Practicality

Citroen are excellent at creating the illusion of space – especially in their smaller cars. The C3 feels spacious, but it’s not up there with the Fabia yet. The space is brilliant to the front and there is plenty of legroom, shoulder room and headroom. The rear is a little more cramped, but the car should be okay for four adults. Kids will be happy enough with their space. The boot is not massive, but considering that this is a supermini, its 300-litres is okay.

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Key Facts

Make

Citroen

Model
C3
Variant
TOUCH PureTech 68
Car Category
Supermini
First year of model production
2016
Engine (L)
1.2
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€15,490
CBG Expert Rating
0.0

Running Costs

Tax
€190
Tax Band
A3
Average L/100 km
4.7
Average km/L
21.3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
45
Fuel Tank Range
957 km
Cost of filling a tank
€59.13
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.35
CO2 emmissions
108 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
68 bhp
Max Power kW
51
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1199
Engine Cylinders
3
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
172 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
14.0 s
Town KPG
5.70 L
EC Extra Urban (KPG)
4.10 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
300 L

Warranty

All Components
5 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year bodywork warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
100000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Dimensions

Boot capacity
300 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
185/65 R15 mm
Tyre size back
185/65 R15 mm
Length
3996 mm
Width
1829 mm
Height
1474 mm
Wheel Base
2539 mm
Front Track (mm)
1474
Rear Track (mm)
1554
Kerb weight
976 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1510

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent type McPherson
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent, spring
Front Brakes
Disc
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
68 bhp