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2017 Citroen C3 verdict and specs

Fancy a funky looking small car? Then the new Citroen C3 has the style, but is it a match for the class-leading Skoda Fabia?

Words ByJohn Howell

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Should I buy one?

If you value ride comfort, style and a sense of fun over the ultimate in practicality and driving pleasure, then yes, you should. In fact, we have little doubt that while the new C3 isn’t a class leader – that’s still the Skoda Fabia – it has a number of strengths and buckets of appeal, which almost guarantee it well-deserved success.

For a petrol the 1.2 Puretech 82 engine’s competitive CO2 emissions and fuel economy will make it cheap to run and it’s fine for pootling around the city. Anyone regularly hitting the motorway would definitely be better served going for CitroΓ«n's more powerful turbocharged 1.2 Puretech 110, though. It pushes the price above that of the cheaper Skoda Fabia but still looks competitive versus the rest of the class.


What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5


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Rivals:

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI


CitroΓ«n C3 1.2 Puretech 82 Feel

Engine size 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol

Price from Β£13,745

Power 81bhp

Torque 87lb ft

0-62mph 13.0sec

Top speed 104mph

Fuel economy (official combined) 60.1mpg

CO2/BIK band 109g/km/18%

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