The Citroën C3 has the style that supermini buyers want and the quality they've come to expect. It's also big on refinement and ride comfort, and has a decent-sized boot.
The steering and body control are poor and it's not as spacious in the back as many rivals. It gets a four-star Euro NCAP crash test rating for safety because only one model has stability control.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Citroën C3 performance
The pick of the range is a three-cylinder 1.2 petrol, which is refined and offers decent performance and economy. Otherwise the entry-level petrol is a weedy 1.1-litre unit, then there's a zippy 1.4 that is shared with BMW that is so strong that it makes the 1.6 petrol seem redundant. Citroën also offers three smooth diesels – a 67bhp 1.4 and 1.6s with 89- and 110bhp.
Citroën C3 ride & handling
The C3 has clearly been set up to provide an easy life, riding potholes well and staying nicely settled and controlled on the motorway. Unfortunately, it's not a great handler because the body lurches around through bends and the front tyres run out of grip quite early. The steering and gearshift are vague, too.
Citroën C3 refinement
Generally, the C3 is impressively refined, and even on the motorway there's not much wind- or road noise. True, both the petrol and diesel engines can be heard, but that's as much down to the absence of other sounds as to these engines being especially raucous.