What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For It's cheap to buy and run, comfortable and refined, and has individual looks

Against The rear seats are cramped, and the boot isn't as big as some of its rivals'

Verdict The C3 is economical to buy and to run, but bettered in most areas by most rivals

Go for… 1.4i SX

Avoid… 1.1/Sensodrive

Citroën C3 Hatchback
  • 1. Check you're happy with the high driving position
  • 2. Look over the cabin carefully - the trim isn't the most robust and some parts can break off
  • 3. Avoid the Sensodrive gearbox - it's awkward to use, and can give up the ghost completely
  • 4. If you're buying an early 1.6 16v HDi, make sure the fuel injector pump has been changed
  • 5. Check the suspension on a test drive, because problems have been reported and there was an early suspension-related recall
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