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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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72 reader reviews for Citroën C3 Hatchback.
  • 1.4i SX 5dr

    Stephen Lloyd , Essex . Date: 12/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is a very refined car to drive. The engine is very smooth, quiet, and responsive. Road noise is well suppressed, but wind noise is noticable at speed.

    The cabin is comfortable, though not very spacious in the back. Some of the cabin materials are of questionable quality. The steering, clutch and brakes are good. It has an average gearchange, a disappointing ride, especially for a Citroen, firm and rather harsh.

    Directional stability is not good in windy conditions, the car tends to wander around. Boot space is reasonable. The car feels reasonably solid and well built, and the high driving position is good. Overall not a bad car, but plenty of room for improvement.

  • 1.6 16v HDi Exclusive 5dr

    Frank Birlison , Wiltshire . Date: 23/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My C3 is three weeks old and has run 600 miles but already the engine is excellent, loads of pulling power, very quiet and smooth and 55mpg.

    The steering, roadholding and brakes are good although the ride is a little firm. The interior is excellent in the front with firm but comfortable seats and a good level of equipment (More later). The rear seats will disappoint many as legroom is limited. Boot space again is limited but it is quite deep. The spare wheel is within the car on the floor of the boot.

    Radio/CD sound is excellent but the controls to operate it are located on the wiper stalk so it is easy to change track accidently. Headlights and foglights give a superby bright but controlled beam so the car is a pleasure to drive at night.

    All in all comfortable, nimble and economical transport for two.

    Niggles - why oh why is the under-bonnet area in primer only? It looks awful! More seriously, having read the handbook and brochures, I was expecting my top spec car to have electric folding mirrors, a 12v power socket in the front and an oil temperature gauge.

    I complained to Citroen customer services and they were awful. They tried to tell me that the brochures are pan European - I didn't realize that Europeans all drove on the left and had all their paperwork in English!

    They then tried to blame the dealer but when I pointed out that I didn't know my dealer printed the brochures they just sloped shoulders a little further - they really know how to le

  • 1.4i Desire 5dr

    heather Stonestreet , Kent . Date: 06/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I love my car to bits. I have to admit that it is my first car, so it is extra special. Despite this I have been very impressed. I have had the car since march 2003 and it now has 41,000 on the clock. I do 100 miles a day, motorway travel and it loves it. I can't imagine not having it anymore.

    If anyone is thinking about purchasing one I thoroughly reccommend them. The C3 desire is a fab little car with lots of pull away power. A great high driving position, and a very roomy interior. The boot space is very deep and useful, and I have had a moduboard fitted which devides the bootspace up effectively.

    I plan to have it for at least another couple of years.

  • 1.4i SX 5dr

    Denise Whittle Date: 17/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my C3 SX for 2 years now and overall have been very happy with this car.

    Despite other people's views, I have found the C3's road holding to be great.

    I do mostly motorway driving and have found the car both comfortable and economical. This is a good all-round small car. I love the high driving position which gives a real sense of security and visability.

    The only problem encountered - wobbly windscreen wipers, which where replaced and solved the problem until last month when the motor had to be replaced.

    I'm not very happy with the boot space, which is on the small side, added to which there are moldings for the Modo board which did not come as standard with my car and to be honest are a pain when filling the boot as I often do. (However this is just small niggle when I consider my overall view of the car.)

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