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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.
  • 1.6 16v HDi Exclusive 5dr

    Sal Wathen , Gloucestershire . Date: 03/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    I have been driving my new '08 Cit C3 and I love it. After previously owning a 8 year old 1.6 golf (unleaded) and doing 500 miles a week, I have slashed my fuel bill in half, by having a diesel model.I plumped for black model as I felt this made more of a statement than the light blue or red models you see around. On the test drive my husband and I thought the dealer had given us the petrol version as the engine is so quiet for a diesel. I am more than happy with the looks and performance of this car.

  • 1.1i Vibe 5dr

    Edward Moseley , Worcs . Date: 26/04/2008
    • 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 wife has owned this car from new last year, and apart from an electrical download when it stalled a couple of times, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Rear space is acceptable for adults despite waht the 'critics' say, slightly sluggish but when up to speed is fine, build quality good, dealers helpful,and good running costs.Comfortable ride and boot space is good for a second car Generally very happy with the overall package, considering that the C3 is now seven years old. Car tax £120 per year, but only requires a service every 2 years, so that cancels that out.

  • 1.1i Desire 5dr

    Trudi Tokarczyk , Scotland . Date: 22/04/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having read the What Car? review, I felt compelled to write my own as I feel that they have not done this car justice.

    After two-and-a-half years I still love this car. It has the quirky nature of the VW Beetle but is more practical and cheaper, too. I bought it second-hand for a great price, but now they are a bit more pricey!

    The C3 Desire model has height-adjustable steering wheel and seats, as well as pollen filters and air-con. These are a must for the rare days of sunshine we get here in Scotland. The interior was described by some as looking like packing crates, but they have obviously never seen a packing crate - I think it is much more stylish than the Renault Clio!

    Having fitted a whole fridge in my car when moving house, I don't understand how they can claim that the boot or the rear seats lack space. I think it has plenty of space to be a practical family car.

    Having only a 1.1 petrol engine, it might not be particularly speedy, but is very fuel-efficeient for city driving. However, it does guzzle if you like to put the foot down on the motorway.

    It has not needed any repairs, and has been cheap to service. It passed all its MoTs with no probs and has done almost 40,000 miles. I had to replace the two front tyres six months ago but after 36,000 miles that's no surprise!

    One down-side is that the seats could be more comfortable, as your back does get sore when driving 100 miles down to the Lake District. But overall, it's a great wee car.

  • 1.4 HDi LX 5dr

    Colin MacDonald Date: 10/04/2008
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I feel compelled to upgrade my 3 star / 3 year review to a 4 star review at 5 years. My 1.4i has just sailed through its third MOT with advisories on the brake disks and handbrake tension, which isn't unreasonable at 30,000 miles. It's still an absolute pleasure to drive.

    It's eating front suspension drop links; I've just had to put a 2nd replacement on the offside. This is a common issue with small Citroen/Peugeots (which all use the same links). However, at £10 and 15 minutes to fit it, I can live with it. For a laugh, I took it in to a Citroen dealer, and they diagnosed the creaking/clacking sound as failing power steering, and offered to replace it for £400. Muppets.

    Having said all that, it'll probably fall apart next week, but until it does, I'll keep rating it as cheap and cheerful. I still get a daft smile every time I look at it.

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