New Citroen C3 small car revealed: price, specs and release date
Stylish Citroen C3 hatchback gets a new look and upgraded technology...
On sale: June | Price from: £16,500 (est)
If you’re the kind of person who values large armchairs, fluffy cushions and leather slippers over archery or rambling, the Citroën C3 has been designed with you in mind. This is a small hatchback that prioritises comfort over agility. Its suspension, for example, is softer than what you’ll find elsewhere in this class, with the aim of allowing it to glide over imperfections in the road.
For this facelifted version, Citroën has given the C3 a new face inspired by 2016’s Cxperience concept car, with a different front grille and tweaked lights. Buyers now have more ways to personalise their C3, too, with new paint colours and new 17in alloy wheel designs.
2020 Citroën C3 interior
Inside, Citroën’s Advanced Comfort seats are designed to make long journeys easier by offering more padding than rivals’ and incorporating adjustable lumbar support. We like these seats in the C5 Aircross large SUV, and they should be a big improvement on those in the outgoing C3, which offer precious little support.
A central armrest is also offered for the first time, but it’s a shame that Citroën hasn’t upgraded the touchscreen infotainment system, beyond giving it a glossier appearance, because the existing setup has sluggish software and a confusing menu layout.
The C3’s range of driver assistance systems has been upgraded, with front parking sensors now available as an option. They join a driver attention monitor, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning.
2020 Citroën C3 engines and price
The engine line-up is unchanged, meaning our recommended 108bhp 1.2-litre petrol-engined model (badged Puretech 110) is likely to remain the best option for most buyers. Other choices include a lesser petrol (Puretech 83) and a 1.5-litre diesel (BlueHDi 100).
Prices are expected to increase slightly compared with those of today’s C3, with the range starting from around £16,500. That’s pricier than the class-leading Volkswagen Polo, although Citroën dealers offer generous discounts. Indeed, savings of up to £3769 are available on the current C3 if you buy through What Car?’s online New Car Buying service.
The best small cars
Does Citroën's new hatchback have you thinking about a new small car? If that's the case, you'll want to know which models deserve a place on your shortlist, and that's where we can help. In this next story, we'll reveal our favourite small cars, and name the model to avoid.
10. Honda Jazz
This version of the Mini hatchback will suit you better than the 3dr if you regularly need to fill all of the seats, plus it offers a bigger boot. Again, go for the turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol Cooper version and team it with Classic trim and you'll have most bases covered.
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