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Citroën C3 Hatchback 1.6 VTi 120 Exclusive Auto 5dr Review

For Smooth and refined engine combines with a plush interior and stylish exterior to give the C3 a real upmarket feel. It's comfortable and easy to drive, and there's plenty of space in the boot.

Against This biggest petrol engine doesn't feel as peppy as the power output suggests; rear space is a little tight, too.

Citroën C3 Hatchback

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

Save yourself some cash and go for the 1.2 engine. It's much cheaper.

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Key facts

8.9 secs
Top speed
118 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
471 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.

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