The C3 1.4SX is a busy little thing with bags of oomph from very low down in the rev band.
You will drive bigger and more powerful cars which are not nearly as willing to leap off the mark. Around town the C3 is just about the best there is. Friends have used it often and all been quite happy with the results.
On the open road there is a point where power seems to become quite limited but you have reached 75mph by that time, so what is there to worry about? A couple of really long runs returned superb mpg and I never felt that I might be stuck behind a lorry due to any lack of poke.
Servicing and parts on the C3 are not expensive by today's standards and the fuel economy, as mentioned above, is great.
I loved the Moduboard system at first but became a little bit tired of it after a spell - if you intend to fill the boot then the Moduboard will have to be long gone. The rear seat legroom is pretty poor but if it is small kids who will be hopping in the back then that should be OK. My wife uses the C3 on the school run and all is fine.
The CD player is a standard Citroen model and as such is nothing to write home about, but it is a good deal better than the standard kit offered by Renault in the Megane and Scenic.
When all is said and done this is a solid **** car - four stars for everything. A very pleasant little car to drive and one that I miss on a day-to-day basis but one which I revel in at the weekend!
I have only taken ownership of the car today, and driven about 65 miles. I had quite a stiff back when I got home, and hope that this is not going to be a sign of the future, as I will be driving a high mileage.
I have had a few problems with it, but apart from this it is a great car to drive. It does not hold the road very well when going round tight bends, though.
The brakes seem to wear quickly as well. Despite all this, I love the car.
I have had this car for only just over two weeks, covering nearly 500 miles.
Most of this has been on motorways, averaging 59mpg at constant 72mph.
Hopefully this will improve even further once engine fully run-in. The automatic lights and wipers work fine. (Interestingly, the dealer maintained that automatic lights function didn't work on any C3, but it worked fine simply following the manual.)
Cruise control is easy to use. The stereo CD is of a good quality, with automatic volume control to compensate for road noise. The Moduboard system in the boot is actually very useful and makes the available space much more flexible.
A slightly annoying buzzing noise comes from the second rear-view mirror (the one designed to allow you to keep an eye on the kids in back seat) but only at certain angles and speeds.
Moving it around a bit has cured it most of the time. The plastic cover on the inside of the drivers door which covers the wing mirror mounting was loose when I got the car - it just needed pushing down into the base of the glass. The drivers seat has developed a small creak in certain positions - hopefully this will soon bed in and disappear.
Overall, I am very pleased with the car. I know it's early days but the signs are good. Will update as necessary.
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