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Overall reader verdict 4 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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20 reader reviews for Citroën C3 Pluriel Open.
  • 1.4i Exclusive 2dr

    Paul Sullivan Date: 26/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I love the car BUT have had to rate the cabin quality as poor. The car is now 2 years old, after about 8 months developed a slight leak to the seal of the drivers roof arch.

    The car has been back and forth ever since, having had the complete rubbers replaced and still it has started leaking again.... It's so frustrating as in the summer this is a great car to drive with the roof down.

    I have never removed the roof completely; I find just sliding the roof back enough. In winter the roof is sturdy and soundproofed, it’s not like having a convertible.... It's just the leaks and the damage it causes to the light coloured seats which taints my opinion!

    I wish now, that when I had bought the car, I obtained written assurances of what the dealer would do if the roof leaked, as when I bought it I quizzed the salesman about reports of leaky roofs and was assured that this was a teething problem that has been rectified…. My leak continues…….

  • 1.6i 16v Sensodrive 2dr

    Cathy MacArthur Date: 30/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is wonderful. It's quick, good looking, easy to park, has a large digital speed display which I can read without my reading glasses on. It's great to open the roof on winter days when the sun is out, and it has a fantastic sound system.

    I bought it because I wanted the full boot space even when the roof was fully open. It stores under the boot flooring. I also love the fact that I can open and close the roof on the move, winter and summer. I drive daily with the sun roof open down to the rear window as I do shortish journeys (one hour at the most). However, when on a longer journey, I retract the roof fully but leave the main arms in place.

    I have had my Pluriel for over three years now and still really enjoy it, and it passed its first MoT with no faults.

    I believe that only Ferrari and Maserati have this type of gear box at the moment. I can see why. I do not understand car magazine reporters who have nothing good to say about this car. Don't listen to them, get a test drive!

  • 1.4 HDi 2dr

    Paula Hawley , Herefordshire . Date: 02/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    What an amazing car! The interior is so functional - and according to my 21-year-old son - so cool!

    He thinks the design and lines of the doors are brilliant. As you can guess, I have a love affair with this car - it's great to drive, economical on fuel, very affordable, has excellent road holding, and is certainly an eye catcher.

    I can't understand why official reviewers of cars are so scathing of the Pluriel - I think the readers' reviews are much more indicative of what the car is actually like.

    My husband and I have two extremes when it comes to vehicles - our other vehicle is a Volkswagen Caravelle eight-seater, and the one is as easy and comfortable to drive as the other.

  • 1.6i 16v Sensodrive 2dr

    Robert Timothy Ryland , Hampshire . Date: 21/12/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My wife and I loved the 1.6 Sensodrive Pluriel. It was a second car for my wife. However I loved driving it so much that we would use it together instead of using my E Class Mercedes.

    The Sensodrive gear box is a joy to drive, once you have adapted to the concept, and is much better than the Mercedes A Class equivalent. The 1.6 engine has excellent performance. and the climate control was perfect. Unfortunately thanks to the assistance of Robert Peugeot, Vice president of Peugeot-Citroen Inovation and Quality I obtained a full cash refund for this car, due to the poor design of the roof which would leak 14 litres of water an hour during driving rain. If Citroen fix the roof design and include cruise control as an option, I would buy another Pluriel tomorrow.

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