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Citroën C3

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Summary


The Citroën C3 is a small supermini-class five-door hatchback. The current model was launched in the summer of 2016 before going on sale in the UK in early 2017. A mid-life update arrived in showrooms in the second half of 2020, which consisted of revised specifications and updated engines.

The C3 has received mixed reviews from the UK motoring media, with scores ranging from poor to above average. Its overall Expert Rating of 61%, based on 27 reviews as of August 2021, places it in the midfield of the supermini category but well behind the scores of the class leaders.

The Citroën C3 has received particular praise for its distinctive design and many personalistion options, but has been criticised for poor driving dynamics and limited practicality compared to more conventional rivals.

Key specifications


Body style: Small five-door hatch
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £15,305 on-road

Launched: Winter 2016/17
Last updated: Autumn 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: March 2017

88%

ADULT OCCUPANT

83%

CHILD OCCUPANT

59%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

58%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Citroën C3 1.2-litre petrol manual received a three-star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

Green NCAP said: “The car is equipped with limited exhaust after-treatment – only a three-way catalyst – but manages to turn in a creditable performance nevertheless. Its control of pollutant emissions is, on the whole, quite good. A gasoline particulate filter would help to reduce particulate emissions and, when stretched, such as in the cold ambient temperature test, this is an area that suffers.

“But the car shows balanced performance across the three areas of assessment, with similar index values in each one, and emerges with a three-star Green NCAP rating.”

This rating only applies to the 1.2-litre petrol (PureTech) engine with a manual gearbox, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Citroën C3 has received

2018

  • FirstCar Awards – Driving Instructor Car of the Year

2017

  • Fleet News Awards – Best Small Car
  • Contract Hire and Leasing.com Awards – Supermini of the Year

2016

  • BBC Top Gear Magazine Awards – Best Urbanite

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