CITROEN

CITROEN C3 HATCHBACK 1.2 PureTech Elle 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph12.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2123 g/km

CHIC ON THE CHEAP

Citroen's third generation C3 supermini strikes a chord with June Neary

Will It Suit Me?

Citroen's supermini, the C3, is a mass of appealing contradictions. It's compact, yet practical and roomy. It's affordable, yet feels of high quality. It's refined on longer journeys, yet well-suited to the town. Other small cars may be more engaging to drive but in its latest more characterful MK3 model form, you could well find this one to be more engaging to own.

Practicalities

Every modern car ought to have a unique selling point but sadly so few of them do. This one looks and feels different, with features like what Citroen calls 'Airbump' side panels - black plastic strips with air-filled bumps that look individual and create a scratch-proof surface to guard the bodywork from minor scratches and dents. These are supposed to shield the side of the car from supermarket trolley scrapes. It looks good at the front, where there's the distinctive two-tier front light signature we first saw on the current C4 Picasso. Double chrome strips extend from the double-chevron badge and go all the way across to slick LED daytime running lights. In profile, the black windscreen pillars and floating roof aim to accentuate the more dynamic shape. There's a deliberately high bonnet line, short overhangs, 3D rear lights and wheelarches fitted with extensions for a crossover-style look. Inside, Citroen says that it's drawn inspiration from travel and home interior design to create an interior that aims to feel like an extension of the driver's home. I'm not sure about that. My home looks nothing like his. Still, the perception of space is heightened by the horizontal dashboard, which runs across the whole width of the vehicle. The design of the interior trim and the shape of the chrome-finished air vents also combine to enhance the perception of width. Customers get a choice of cabin finishes and you can also have a panoramic sunroof that fills the cabin with natural light. Out back, there's a decently-sized 300-litre boot

Behind the Wheel

Small French cars used to ride beautifully, grip tenaciously and flow from corner to corner with relaxed, unflustered motion. As this one does. It may come as news to some motoring journalists but most supermini buyers don't routinely want to throw their cars about as if they were on stage from the RAC Rally. What most of them would prefer is a car that rolls the red carpet over the average appallingly surfaced British road. As this one does. The trick, which Citroen hasn't always mastered, is to offer this without inducing the kind of bodyroll and handling woollyness that removes any element of enjoyment from the driving experience altogether. In this respect, this impressively refined C3 is a step forward from its predecessor: a Fiesta rolls less and will still offer more fun, but this is the car I'd prefer to live with day-in, day-out, though on longer trips, the seats could do with a little more support. On the open road, you might also wish the power steering had a bit more feel, but it comes into its own around town, where you appreciate the light gearbox and clutch as much as the tight turning circle that will help owners out of many a tight spot, as will a good field of vision around the car helped by the low window line. And on the engine front? First up at the bottom of the range is a 1.0-litre 68bhp unit that needs to be revved quite hard if you're to get anywhere near the quoted performance figures. Much better is the 1.2-litre version of this unit which offers either 82 or 110bhp and delivers the same distinctive three cylinder thrum but accompanies it with pokier performance. It also gives you the option of the brand's ETG semi-automatic gearbox. As for the BlueHDi diesel options, well there are two main ones. Most potential buyers will be looking at the 75bhp variant but a 100bhp version of this frugal unit is also offered.

Value For Money

List pricing suggests that you'll be paying in the £11,000 to £17,000 bracket for your C3. That's par for the course amongst superminis, but of course Citroen dealers are well renowned for their readiness to sharpen their pencils. There's a choice of three trim levels - 'Touch', 'Feel' and 'Flair'. Potential buyers will need to make sure that they leave some budget aside for personalisation. There's a choice of four cabin finishes - Citroen calls them 'moods' - plus there are some really clever optional touches. Of these, my favourite is the 'ConnectedCAM Citroen' system. Here, you get a forward-facing two-megapixel, GPS-enabled camera mounted in the rear-view mirror. It's there for two reasons; sensibility and fun. The 'sense' bit lies in its capability to record any traffic incidents or accidents, since it activates in an impact and stores the preceding 30 seconds and following 60 seconds. However, there's a fun purpose too, given that the driver can also click a button to safely take exterior photos or videos of the view through the windscreen and then share this content through social networks. I also like the Citroen Connect Nav system that comes with a 7-inch touchscreen and ties into connected services like TomTom traffic. This display also incorporates Mirror Screen technology which enables owners to you Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems to link in their smartphones and use selected apps on the move.

Could I Live With One?

As superminis go, the C3 isn't an orthodox one. In time honoured Citroen fashion, it's just that little bit different, with smart, slightly quirky looks and those curious 'air bump' side panels. Instead of adopting the 'little big car' approach favoured by many rivals and ending up feeling like a scaled down family hatchback, the C3 manages the same thing in a cleverer, more compact package by simply making better use of the space it has to offer. Citroen's MPV expertise doubtless helps here. What it lacks in driving dynamism, it makes up for in quality, refinement and a cosseting ride. Indeed, I can think of few sensibly-sized small cars better suited to urban motoring than this one. Overall then, the C3 is an often-overlooked but strong contender in the supermini marketplace. Best of all perhaps, it's a car that's distinctively Citroen.

  • Variable front intermittent wipers
  • Dark tinted tailgate and rear side windows
  • Rear windscreen wiper with intermittent mode linked to vehicle speed and automatic activation when reverse gear selected
  • Front sequential electric windows with one-touch open/close and anti-pinch system
  • Rear sequential electric windows with one-touch open/close and anti-pinch system

  • Manual parking brake with leather handle and chrome finish button
  • ESP with anti skid system
  • Hill start assist
  • ABS with Electronic brakeforce distribution and Emergency braking assistance

  • Elle carpet mats

  • Variable assistance power steering
  • Coffee Break Alert
  • Reversing camera
  • Cruise control + speed limiter

  • Multi function trip computer
  • Exterior temperature display
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Instrument cluster with white LCD and analogue gauges

  • Standard day night switchable interior rear view mirror
  • Electric folding and heated door mirrors
  • Gloss black rear view mirror caps

  • Soft touch alcantara dashboard finish with blue silver surround

  • USB connection

  • Matt black finish B pillar
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Chrome decoration on front face, under chevrons and around daytime running lights
  • Airbump on side door panel

  • Auto headlights
  • 3D rear light signature
  • Fog lights integrated into front bumper
  • Citroen illuminated signature in LED headlights and LED daytime running lights
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • LED Headlights
  • LED third brake light

  • Automatic air conditioning

  • Parcel shelf
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • 12V socket
  • Mica cloth upholstery
  • Upholstered armrest in front and rear doors
  • Leather trimmed gear lever with leather effect gaiter and overstitching
  • Steering wheel with satin chrome elements and audio/telephone controls
  • Storage space under touchscreen with rubber mat
  • Elle roof decor
  • Exclusive Elle interior ambience with advanced comfort seats in alcantara and leather effect

  • Front lighting panel with map reading lights
  • Boot light

  • Safety pack 1 - C3
  • Visibility pack with automatic lights - C3
  • Blue silver matt colour pack - C3

  • Driver and front passenger seatbelts with pyrotechnic pretensioners and force limiters
  • Driver's airbag
  • Three rear 3-point seatbelts
  • Outer rear seats with pretensioners and force limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Front passenger airbag
  • Mono-tone horn
  • Electric child locks
  • Front side airbags + front/rear curtain airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation

  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Three rear headrests
  • Seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert for front and rear seats
  • Height adjustable front head restraints
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Single front passenger seat
  • ISOFIX mounting on outer rear seats with top tether and labels indicating fixing points
  • Map pockets in back of driver and front passenger seats
  • Front seats adjustable with forward back slide and adjustable backrest
  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seat

  • Automatic door and boot locking with automatic unlocking in case of impact
  • Central locking with locked indicator and interior one touch lock button
  • Remote control central locking with two plip keys
  • Anti theft alarm
  • Immobiliser

  • Driver and passenger's sun visor with courtesy mirror

  • 17" Vector diamond cut alloy wheels

  • Tyre puncture repair kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 123

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 11:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 5 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 49.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 46.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 57.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 51.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 61.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 54.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 49.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 43.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 48.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 5.8

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 16000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 88
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 59
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 58
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 83
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Elle
  • Coin Description: Pure Tech
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 61
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 87
  • Engine Torque - NM: 118
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 83
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 12.5
  • Top Speed: 105
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 12

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: VECTOR
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/50 R17

  • Width (including mirrors): 2007
  • Height: 1474
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3996
  • Width: 1829
  • Wheelbase: 2539

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 980
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1540
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 45
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 300
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 450
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 450
  • Max. Loading Weight: 560
  • Max. Roof Load: 70
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 992
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

  • Rear parking sensors: Included
  • Remove rear parking sensors: £300

  • Satellite nav with DAB, 6 speakers, 7" captive touch screen, mirror screen includes apple carplay/android auto and bluetooth: £400

  • Citroen connect radio with DAB radio, 6 speakers, 7" capacitive touchscreen, mirror screen includes apple carplay/android auto and bluetooth: Included

  • Onyx black bi-tone roof: Included
  • Additional metallic paint: £545
  • Opal white bi-tone roof - St James: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £275

  • Safety pack 2 - C3: £350

  • Metallic - Perla nera black: £545
  • Metallic - Cumulus grey: £545
  • Metallic - Platinum grey: £545
  • Metallic - Soft sand: £0

  • Special solid - Polar white: £275

  • Mica cloth - Grey/black with grey strip: £0

  • Pre-disposition for spare wheel: £20

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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