Citroën C3 review

Category: Small car

Section: Performance & drive

Citroën C3 2021 RHD right rear cornering
  • 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:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

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. 

Citroën C3 2021 RHD right rear cornering

Handling

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.

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