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For The Citroen C3 has the style that supermini buyers want and the quality they've come to expect. It's also big on refinement and ride comfort, and has a decent-sized boot.

Against The steering and body control are poor and it's not as spacious in the back as many rivals. It gets a four-star Euro NCAP crash test rating for safety because only one model has stability control.

Citroën C3 Hatchback
22 5stars

The Citroen C3 is fairly likeable in its own way, but it's flawed in too many areas to cut it against the class leaders.

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There are 12 Citroën C3 versions available

Hatchback 1.0 VTi 68 VT 5dr £11,075
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 VTi 68 VTR+ 5dr £12,495
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 HDi 70 VT 5dr £13,230
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 VTi 82 VTR+ 5dr £13,390
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 VTi 82 Selection 5dr £13,740
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 HDi 70 VTR+ 5dr £14,590
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 e-HDi 70 Airdream VTR+ ETG 5dr £15,210
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 VTi 120 Exclusive 5dr £15,250
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 90 Airdream VTR+ 5dr £15,390
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 90 Airdream Selectio 5dr £15,740
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 90 Airdream Exclusiv 5dr £16,240
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 115 Airdream Exclusi 5dr £17,040
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5

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:

Citroën C3 Hatchback 1.4 e-HDi 70 Airdream VTR+ ETG 5dr

Citroen is good for over 35s. My Mercedes C-Class Coupe was too expensive to drive - fuel, insurance & servicing costs. I wanted to save money and…

Anshuman Saxena

5 out of 5 stars

Citroën C3 Hatchback 1.4 e-HDi 70 Airdream VTR+ ETG 5dr

I am a community nurse so need a car to do my job.I had a Seat Ibiza before which was superb but wanted a diesel auto for ease of driving and…

dave woolrich

1 out of 5 stars

Citroën C3 Hatchback 1.6 HDi 16v 90 Airdream+ 5dr

Previously owned 2 C3's, known as the "Beach Cars" by the family due to their poor build quality. This model is a real improvement in every way…

david evans

4 out of 5 stars

Citroën C3 Hatchback 1.4i 75 Connextion 5dr

I drive a special edition model based on the VTR+ its called the Connexion. It has additional equipment such as a My Way Sat Nav system with climate…

Desmond Boddington

4 out of 5 stars
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