Citroen C3 interior
The Citroen C3’s interior has bags of character and gives you lots of opportunities to personalise it
The Citroen C3 proves that you don’t have to pay over the odds for a car that is genuinely stylish. The whole interior has a rectangular theme that’s interesting to look at and the aluminium-look trim on the dashboard adds a hint of ‘premium’ to the finish.
If you’re looking for soft-touch plastics that feel expensive you’ll be better off spending your money on a VW Polo, though, even if the Citroen C3 interior does feel well screwed together.
If you value charisma, though, stick with the Citroen C3 – although perhaps not the entry-level Feel model that has boring grey cloth (Citroen calls it Mica) upholstery and a simple stereo that looks a little disappointing next to the colourful infotainment screens in the rest of the range.
Flair models open up personalisation options that do the Citroen C3’s interior justice – £150 buys a Red Urban theme that adds flashes of red to the seats and dashboard, a few pieces of extra chrome and a leather-trimmed steering wheel that feels nicer to hold than the rubberised version.
The £400 Techwood theme goes a little bit further, replacing some of the hard plastics with soft-to-the-touch ones, adding a big swathe of wood across the dashboard.
Flair models also get a little extra chrome on the air vents and the option to spec a £400 panoramic sunroof that makes the interior feel light and airy, but also robs space. More on that later.
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Feel is the cheapest trim level in the Citroen C3 range but it still comes with a 7-inch touchscreen audio system that has a Bluetooth connection to wirelessly connect to your phone and a DAB digital radio.
Even the screen in high-end models isn’t exactly class-leading. It’s not particularly responsive nor does it have the sharpest graphics. It does, however, come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can mirror the display of your compatible smartphone on the car’s big screen and use its apps for things like navigation. In fact, a proper integrated sat-nav is only available on top-of-the-range Flair Plus models. Nevertheless, you’re better off using your smartphone’s nav app on the Citroen C3’s screen.