Citroën C3 review

Category: Small car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:diesel, petrol
Available colours:
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RRP £14,180What Car? Target Price from£13,552
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Introduction

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While some might be happy with cheese on toast, others will only accept croque monsieur. You can look at the Citroën C3 in a similar way – it follows essentially the same recipe as other small cars, but its presentation makes it a little more interesting.

That's partly thanks to its extrovert styling, but also numerous colour combinations for the roof, bumper inserts, door mirrors and Citroën’s trademark air bumps. Those bumps are simply wide strips of rubberised plastic that are applied in places that could be prone to dings and scrapes – helpful in fending off attacks from rogue shopping trolleys in supermarket car parks.

The last update gave it even more scope for customisation, and buyers can now choose from a whopping 97 exterior colour combinations. You can even have the C3 in a two-tone paint scheme, matching one of the four roof colours with a range of contrasting tones for the main body of the car. 

As part of that update, the C3 was also treated to a bit of a nip and tuck – the air bumps were reprofiled, the front-end was sharpened up, the lines of the wheel-arch extensions have been smoothed out and LED headlights became standard across the range.

Aside from its funky looks, is the Citroën C3 a good enough small car in key objective areas to make it worth considering over rivals including the Ford Fiesta, Seat Ibiza and VW Polo? And which engine and trim selections make the most sense?

We'll tell you all you need to know over the next few pages of this review (there are separate reviews for the C3 Aircross small SUV and the C3 Picasso MPV).

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At a glance

Number of trims5 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? diesel, petrol
MPG range across all versions50.8 - 70.6
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£781 / £1,213
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£1,562 / £2,426

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