The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
Along with the usual backrest angle adjustment, the Citroën C3’s driver's seat offers height adjustment, while the steering wheel can be moved up and down, as well as in and out. If you want lumbar support, though, you’ll need to step up to Shine Plus trim. This trim introduces what Citroën calls its ‘Advanced Comfort seats’. To sit in, they feel similar to an armchair – your bottom sinks into the pillow-soft cushion, while your thighs rest in a somewhat elevated position. Imagine trying to drive while sitting on your couch and you get the picture – it’s an odd sensation.
Also awkward is the clutch footrest. On right-hand drive models this fits beneath the narrow gap between the clutch pedal and the car's central tunnel, which, if you wear anything larger than a size-nine shoe, traps your foot.
Salvation comes in the form of standard fit rear parking sensors, while range-topping Shine Plus trim also gets the benefit of a rear-view camera. Bright LED headlights are fitted across the range, and offer better illumination at night than most rivals that only have dimmer halogen lights.
Sat nav and infotainment
Every version of the Citroën C3 gets necessities such as a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These features allow you to connect your mobile phone and use its apps, such as Waze or Google Maps and through the screen.