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For The cheapest C3 diesel engine is smooth, refined and clean. VT trim comes with essentials such as electric front windows, a CD player and front and side airbags.

Against You don't get much other kit with this entry-level trim. The engine isn't particularly gutsy and it's no more fuel-efficient than the more powerful 89bhp 1.6-litre diesel.

Citroën C3 Hatchback

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

This engine is fine as long as you're not in too much of a hurry, but we'd spend a bit more to get the VTR+ trim. Otherwise you'll love the C3's style, quality and refinement, if not its rear legroom.

What Car? readers say

3.666667


Key facts

0–60mph
13.5 secs
Top speed
101 mph
Average mpg
74.3
Tank range
817 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Citroen C3 isn't one of the cheapest superminis and it won't hold its value particularly well. However, you should be able to secure a big discount.

The range is pretty simple to understand, starting at VT, moving up through VTR+ and topping out at Exclusive. An eco-special Airdream+ model that's exempt from road tax is also available.

The range kicks off with a 1.1-litre petrol engine, but it is woefully underpowered. The 72bhp 1.4-litre petrol is better while the 81bhp three-cylinder 1.2 is better still. The 94bhp 1.4 delivers such lively performance that it makes the 118bhp 1.6 seem redundant.

The 89bhp 1.6-litre diesel also impresses because it's smooth and flexible, but you'll have to do a lot of miles to justify the expense. There's a cheaper 67bhp 1.4 diesel that's fine as long as you're not in too much of a hurry. A 110bhp 1.6 completes the line-up.

Reader test team says:

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1 out of 5 stars

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4 out of 5 stars

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