Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The pick of the Citroën C3 engine range has to be the 108bhp 1.2-litre petrol (badged PureTech 110). With a 0-62mph time of 9.4sec, it has plenty of pep to its step whether you’re nipping into a gap on a roundabout or merging on to the motorway. Yes, there is a cheaper PureTech 83, but this feels underpowered and you often need to use full power just to keep up with traffic.
Meanwhile, the 99bhp 1.5-litre diesel (badged BlueHDi 100) has plenty of shove from low revs, but since this engine is much more expensive than the PureTech 110, it's very hard to recommend unless you do an awful lot of miles.
Because of its super-soft suspension, the Citroën C3 feels rather more old-fashioned to drive than its sharp looks would suggest, with huge amounts of body lean through corners. And, while the steering is relatively accurate, it's far too light to give you much confidence when driving on faster roads.
As a result, you have to really concentrate on placing the nose of the car through corners, whereas this process is far more intuitive in rivals, including the Fiesta, Ibiza and Polo. All of those cars feel far more composed through corners, too.