Citroën C3 review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

 Citroën C3 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD front tracking
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD right rear cornering
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD rear seats
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD boot open
  •  Citroën C3 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD front left tracking
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD right tracking
  • Citroën C3 2021 rear right tracking
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD front seats
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD front tracking
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD right rear cornering
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD rear seats
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD boot open
  •  Citroën C3 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD front left tracking
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD right tracking
  • Citroën C3 2021 rear right tracking
  • Citroën C3 2021 RHD front seats
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Most small cars are bought on PCP finance, so there's good news here: Citroën will do some decent deals on the C3 to keep your monthly payments low. If you happen to be buying outright then dealers are happy to discount as well. 

The 1.5-litre diesel (badged BlueHDi 100) is the most frugal engine, but not by a great deal, and it costs significantly more to buy than our favoured 1.2 petrol (badged PureTech 110) so it simply isn't worth the extra. As we mentioned in the driving section, we’d steer clear of the entry-level PureTech 83 1.2 petrol as it feels underpowered.

At the top of the range is Shine Plus trim. This pushes the price up by a reasonable chunk, but for that you get larger 17in alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, the advanced comfort seats we discussed in the driving position section, a driver’s centre armrest, faux-wood trim and a safety pack that brings automatic high-beam headlights and a driver attention alert system. It's also worth noting that Citroën regularly offers limited edition trim levels that bundle lots of extra kit together.

 Citroën C3 2021 RHD infotainment

Reliability

The Citroën C3 didn’t feature in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey but the brand itself finished in a middling 16th place out of 31 manufacturers. That puts it above Ford, Renault, Seat and Volkswagen, but below Hyundai, Kia, Mazda and Mini.

Overview

With its funky looks inside and out, the Citroën C3 does a great job of turning heads. It’s also surprisingly well equipped. However, it's poor to drive and not very practical, so any number of rivals are more recommendable on an objective level.

  • Decently equipped
  • Stylish interior
  • Efficient petrol and diesel engines
  • Poor to drive
  • AEB is not standard on lower trims
  • Cramped rear seats
New car deals
Save up to £1,335
Target Price from £14,180
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From £199pm