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Citroen C3 (2010–2017)

Last updated 8 April 2018

Neat looking small hatchback. Uses some of the same engines as MINI. 1.6 HDi is the best in the range. Excellent ride quality.
Lacklustre handling. Interior looks good on the surface but lacks quality in depth.
Updated 27 March 2018

Report of timing belt of 2013/63 Citroen C3 1.2 82Vti coming off at 12,996 miles. Car has been in for service action at 3,200 miles where the timing belt checked okay.

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Introduction

Small hatchbacks make such a crowded sector of the market that no manufacturer can expect to come up with just another one and expect it to sell. Citroen, being Citroen, played it a bit different first time around with its original C3, making the car a bit taller and a bit more mini MPV-like than a run of the mill supermini.

So what could it do to make its second-generation C3 stand out from the crowd and make you want to buy one?

In France the authorities considerately place a small set of traffic lights at eye-level, so if you can't see the overhead lights you still know when to get moving before the horns behind you start to blare.

So Citroen's designers must have travelled to more backward countries like the UK to realise the need we have to see the lights when were are first in a traffic queue. Hence the new Citroen C3's unique feature. A screen that doesn't stop until it's on top of your head. Citroen calls it, "a touch of glass".

They had a bit of practice at this with their similarly over the top front window on the C4 Picasso that makes the south perimeter road at Heathrow a particularly frightening drive when the planes are on a northerly approach.

Called the ‘Zenith' screen, it is progressively tinted front to back, so you don't get progressively tinted. Instead of the normal 28 degree angle of vision it gives you 108 degrees. And if it's all too much you can pull a rooflining down to where the screen top rail would normally be. For private buyers, the new C3's biggest enemy is the C3 Picasso. Why would you buy less car for the same sort of money?

C3 2012 Range Road Test

 

Owners' reviews

5
Citroën c3 2008 hdi exclusive
4
Easy to drive
1
AUTO BOX. Diabolical car. Can't WAIT to GET RID OF IT
4
Greatl Deal
2
The worst car I have ever driven in my life
2
Nice features but let down by build quality and electrical problems
 

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