Used Citroën C3 Pluriel 2003 - 2010 review

Category: Convertible

Section: Our recommendations

2003 - 2010 review
Citroën C3 Pluriel (03 - 10)
  • Citroën C3 Pluriel (03 - 10)
  • Citroën C3 Pluriel (03 - 10)
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Our recommendations

Which used Citroën C3 Pluriel sports should I buy?

If the idea of a C3 Pluriel still grabs you, go for the 1.4i, as it's the cheapest to buy and also has the least power to tax the chassis. The engine pulls happily right up to motorway speeds and the five-speed manual gearbox has well spaced ratios, but don't expect too much in the way of performance.

The 1.6-litre petrol engine should offer a bit more excitement, but it's hamstrung by being attached to Citroen's Sensodrive sequential manual gearbox that does away with the clutch pedal. It sounds fine, but in practice it's tricky to use and, even with experience, it's nowhere near as easy to use as a conventional manual or automatic gearbox.

Avoid the 1.4-litre turbodiesel engine, though. It's very frugal, but almost unbearably slow.

Whichever engine you choose, equipment isn't an issue. All Pluriels are well equipped and the only option you may want to look out for is air con.