Which used Citroën C3 hatchback should I buy?
Pre-facelift Citroen C3s started in VT trim, rising through VTR+ and Exclusive. You need VTR+ to get alloy wheels, air-conditioning and the Zenith windscreen, while Exclusive added part-Alcantara upholstery and larger alloys. A 99g/km of CO2 1.6-litre diesel was badged as Airstream+, with the spec based on VTR+ but with added rear parking sensors and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
The 2013 facelift maintained the VT entry-level model, but replaced higher specs with Edition and Platinum. At the same time Citroen introduced its 1.0- and 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engines.
Top pick at the cheaper end of the spectrum is a 1.4-litre petrol with 94bhp, or for a more recent car look for an 82bhp 1.2 petrol, which combines low running costs with a characterful engine note. And, being produced at the end of the car’s production run means that any gremlins should have been ironed out.
Our favourite Citroen C3: 1.2 Puretech 82 Edition