Used Citroën C3 2002 - 2010 review

Category: Small car

Section: What is it like?

2002 - 2010 review
Citroën C3 (02 - 10)
  • Citroën C3 (02 - 10)
  • Citroën C3 (02 - 10)
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What's the used Citroën C3 hatchback like?

The C3 has a hint of MPV about it, especially with its high driving position (although it won't suit all drivers).

The cabin has an airy feel and some thoughtful touches, but the rear seats are tight and the boot is only just adequate. There's a high sill to lug stuff over, too.

Front passengers have stacks of space and the driver enjoys a logical control layout, although the digital instruments are fussy.

The engines - 1.1 apart - are willing and strong enough to cope with out-of-town work. On a cruise, they're quiet and only some wind noise disturbs the otherwise refined calm.

Citroens normally give a soft, comfortable ride, but the C3 is an exception. Revisions at the end of 2005 made it more absorbent, but you'll notice bumps too often on earlier cars.

Still, it goes round corners competently, although keen drivers will prefer a car with more grip, more steering feel and less body roll.