Citroen C3 (2002–2010)

Model History

February 2002

Citroen C3 launched

Small car from Citroen in 5-door format. Dimensions of the 5-door in the photo: length 3,815mm (12 ft 6in); width 1,670mm (5 ft 6in); height: 1,520mm (5ft 0in). (Shorter, but four inches higher than Ford Fiesta.)

Luggage volume is 305 litres to the parcel shelf with the rear seats up (slightly greater than the new Fiesta) with a clever modular floor to keep things in place.

Five different engines. Most interesting are the two PSA/Ford 1,399cc aluminium block, common rail direct-injected HDI diesels. Power output of the 8 valve HDI is 70bhp with 150Nm (111 lb ft) torque. Power output of the 16 valve HDI coming later is 92bhp with 200Nm (148 lb ft) torque. With 65bhp per litre, this is the most efficient engine available in cars of the C3's size. 1.4 HDI 70bhp emits just 110g/km CO2 and qualifies for £80pa VED from April 2002. 1.4 HDI 92bhp launched June 2002. Does 65.7mpg combined, emits 112g/km CO2 (£80pa VED), gets to 60 in 11.4 seconds and goes on to 110mph.

The 1.1 litre petrol engine develops 61bhp at 5,500rpm and 94Nm (69 lb ft) torque at 3,400rpm. The 1.4i petrol engine develops 75bhp at 5,500rpm and 120Nm (89 lb ft) torque at 3,400rpm. While the 1.6i 16v puts out 110bhp at 5,750rpm with 147Nm (108 lb ft) torque at 4,000 rpm. Optional with the 1.4 engine is the AL4 auto-adaptive automatic transmission featuring three operating programmes with the option of manual sequential shift override.

Standard equipment on all models includes electric power steering, ABS with EBD, six airbags, Multiplex wiring, two gloveboxes, dash 12v socket, passenger and driver's seat under-drawers, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable driver's seat, central locking and 60/40 split rear seat. Options include brake assist with automatic hazard warning lights; a large electric glass sunroof; manual or automatic air-conditioning; electronic park assist; and a 'Child Pack' of a special mirror for watching children in the back seat, electric de-activation of the rear child locks, 12 volt rear socket for games machines and folding trays on the backs of the front seats. 1.6i 16v 5-speed Sensodrive from November 2002 is an electric clutch manual with steering wheel paddle shifters.

Official insurance groups and prices are

  • 1.4iLX IG 3E Price £8,995
  • 1.4iSX IG 3E Price £9,995
  • 1.4iSX auto IG 3E Price £11,215
  • 1.6i 16v Exclusive IG 3E Price £11,995
  • 1.6i 16v Exclusive Sensodrive IG3E Price £12,495
  • 1.4 HDI 70 LX IG 3E Price £9,995
  • 1.4 HDI 70 SX IG 3E Price £10,995
  • 1.4 HDI 92 SX IG 4E Price £11,295
  • 1.4 HDI 70 Exclusive IG 4E Price £11,995
  • 1.4 HDI 92 Exclusive IG 5E Price £12,295


'Sensodrive' paddle shift electric clutch 5-speed with 110bhp 1.6 16v for 2003 at discounted prices from just over £10k. Additional 90bhp. 98 lb ft torque 1.4i 16v SX Sensodrive from February 2004 at £9,542 after 'VAT Back' offer, and Sensodrive available with 1.4HDI engine.

Stop/start system introduced. Cuts off engine when you brake, then restarts instantly you press the accelerator again, or when you apply the parking brake when in gear.

September 2005

Citroen C3 facelifted

1.6HDi 110hp diesel engine introduced. 2006 C3’s redesigned front end features more imposing bumper, wider lower air intake, single air intake slit below the restyled radiator grille and a re-positioned number plate. The rear is brightened up by the newly designed lights with crystal coloured section, while new 16" alloys and 15" embellishers can provide the finishing touches. Passenger compartment enhanced with the fitting of a restyled dashboard with high-quality finish, as well as a new, modern instrument cluster making the driver information easier to read.

Smart, light metallic grey embellishers around the central section of the fascia and air vents contribute to the updated interior, as do the completely re-designed front and rear door panels and trims. Steering improved so it weights up with speed. Sensodrive change points a bit more friendly. 1.6HDi 110hp engine combines useable low-rev pulling power (240Nm at just 1,750rpm) with fuel economy of almost 63mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 120g/km. A built-in overboost function delivers an additional 20Nm of torque when short bursts of acceleration are needed. Goes, steers and handles really well.

July 2008

Citroen C3 given a range refresh

Now three trim levels - Vibe, Rhythm and Exclusive - with equipment upgrades and updated colours. ‘Stop & Start’ now available on the C3 Rhythm model, which also feature air conditioning, rain sensitive wipers, automatic headlamps, front folding armrests, front seat back pockets and aluminium effect exterior door handles.

Rhythm also benefits from new equipment, including lateral airbags, fog lights, body-coloured front and rear bumpers and side rubbing strips, new interior trim and the option of a full size electric glass sunroof, perfect for those sunny summer days. 1.6HDi 92bhp offered in Rhythm trim level, delivering enhanced performance with CO2 emissions of only 118g/km. Upgraded engines are also available on the C3 Vibe - 1.1i 61bhp, 1.4i 75bhp and a 1.4 HDi 70bhp, which also benefits from MP3-CD compatibility as standard.

  • Citroën C3 Vibe 1.1i 61hp 143 g/km £9,695.00
  • Citroën C3 Vibe 1.4i 8V 75hp 145 g/km £10,195.00
  • Citroën C3 Vibe 1.4HDi 70hp 115 g/km £10,995.00
  • Citroën C3 Rhythm 1.4 8V 75hp 145 g/km £10,695.00
  • Citroën C3 Rhythm 1.4i 16V 90hp 148 g/km £11,195.00
  • Citroën C3 Rhythm 1.4i 16V 90hp Stop & Start 135 g/km £12,095.00
  • Citroën C3 Rhythm 1.4HDi 70hp 115 g/km £11,495.00
  • Citroën C3 Rhythm 1.6HDi 16V 92hp 115 g/km £11,895.00
  • Citroën C3 Exclusive 1.4i 16V 90hp 148 g/km £11,995.00
  • Citroën C3 Exclusive 1.6i 16V 110hp Auto 172 g/km £13,195.00
  • Citroën C3 Exclusive 1.6HDi 16V 92hp 115 g/km £12,695.00

What does a Citroen C3 (2002 – 2010) cost?

List Price from £16,075
Buy new from £12,593
Contract hire from £106.79 per month