Which used Citroën C3 hatchback should I buy?
Diesel engines in small cars aren’t all that popular with buyers, so are trickier to find; the C3’s petrol engines are so efficient anyway that we wouldn’t bother. Of these, the 67bhp version, badged simply 1.2 Puretech, feels rather lethargic, so we’d avoid it and instead go for one of the more powerful engines.
The punchy 1.2-litre Puretech 110 is the best bet, as it’s the most efficient of the bunch as well as the most powerful; if all you can find is the 1.2-litre Puretech 82, though, that’ll probably be enough – as long as you don’t plan on spending too much time on the motorway, where it feels a little breathless.
The most basic Touch version is reasonably well equipped, coming with a digital radio, bluetooth, and cruise control – but there’s no air-con or alloy wheels, and it’s rare. Much easier to find – not to mention more desirable – is the Feel version, which gives you those alloy wheels, plus climate control and the 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system. Flair, meanwhile, adds a heap of extra toys, but it’s harder to find and, as you might expect, pricier to buy.
Our favourite Citroen C3: 1.2 Puretech 110 Feel