The Citroen C3 offers a degree of personalisation that would embarrass a high street boutique and a driving experience that harks back to the firm’s classic 2CV – a car that focused, above all else, on comfort.
So the C3 is a cool-looking car at a time when rivals are starting to look a little staid, and with 36 combinations of contrasting exterior colours to explore it’s ripe for the kind of customisation that appeals to the younger customers that tend to buy smaller cars like the C3.
There are plenty of ways to add your touch to the interior, too, but what impresses most is the decidedly non-car-like atmosphere inside – the use of fabric on the dashboard and leather-feel straps for the door pulls make it feel quite cozy – lounge-like even. Sadly, the material quality is pretty low-rent, but – hey, this is a Citroen… and at least the materials that are there feel properly screwed together. Families will be happy to hear the C3 has a decent-sized boot and various other useful storage areas.
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That lounge-like interior gives a decent hint at how the C3 drives. It doesn’t try to wow with go-kart-like handling but, much like the bigger Cactus, instead aims to be extremely comfortable. As such, it’s more roly-poly than a Ford Fiesta in corners, but also a lot more comfortable on longer journeys.
Engines range from 67-109hp so breakneck performance driving isn’t really on the cards. The top-spec 109hp petrol is the pick of the range thanks to its cheap running costs and revvy power delivery.
Equipment levels are pretty good for the price, all cars get DAB digital radio, a Bluetooth phone connection and cruise control. Options are nicely priced with the panoramic sunroof costing £400 and sat-nav available across the range for £500.