Citroen C3 (2017) Review

Citroen C3 (2017) At A Glance


+Comfortable seats and ride quality. Much improved interior quality. Standard built-in dash cam on Flair models.

-Entry-level model misses out on some key equipment. Rear legroom tight with taller passengers up front. Manual gear change feels sloppy.

Insurance Groups are between 10–20
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure

Inspired by the air-bump covered C4 Cactus, the Citroen C3 is cute and stylish – but it isn’t just a pretty face. It’s comfortable, easy-to-drive and comes with a great engine range plus there are some unique features too, like the option of a built-in dash camera.

Despite its compact size, the C3 has a spacious cabin along with a decent boot. Rear legroom is a bit tight with tall passengers up front, but there’s plenty of headroom and access is good thanks to the five-door body. The 300-litre boot is plenty for shopping trips and luggage, but buggies might be a squeeze.

On the road the C3 is very comfortable, with good ride quality and quiet engines, whether you choose petrol or diesel. It’s not the sharpest-handling small hatchback, but if you’re more interested in taking it easy than tearing down country lanes that’s no bad thing.

There's a 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine with three power outputs, plus a BlueHDi diesel with either 75PS or 100PS. Emissions are low across the board and should make for affordable running costs. The most frugal diesel is officially capable of 80.7mpg, while the petrols all manage around 60mpg officially.  

Plenty of technology comes as standard, including lane departure warning, speed limit recognition, cruise control, a speed limiter, Bluetooth and DAB radio. Moving up to mid-level Feel trim adds alloy wheels and a big, clear touchscreen system with MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

The unique gimmick of the Citroen C3 is ConnectedCam, a built-in, GPS-enabled screen camera. It's standard in top Flair models and has a button under the rear view mirror for taking instant snaps of events on the road ahead, plus 128Gb storage for saving video clips. It will even automatically save clips if it detects an accident, though footage isn’t as quite as clear as many aftermarket dash cameras. It needs to be linked to a smartphone to which an App has to be downloaded, then stores photos in the phone's picture library.

You can customise a C3 with various contrasting roof colours, air bumps and door mirror caps – but on most trim levels the air bumps are optional. They’re standard on top models but if you’re not keen on the way they look they can be deleted at no cost.

If you’re more interested in style, customisation and comfort than sporty driving, then the Citroen C3 is a great choice of small hatchback. It’s surprisingly practical, with a spacious, airy cabin, plus it’s reasonably priced and should prove affordable to run. 

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Real MPG average for a Citroen C3 (2017)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

34–69 mpg

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Does a service plan start from the date of first registration or the date of sale?
"My friend bought a Citroen C3 in September with 10 miles on the clock. Now, at 1200 miles, the dealer has told her its due for a service. On top of that, they're saying that her 3-year service plan started in March (when the car was first registered), not in September when she purchased it. Surely they are wrong on both counts as the service plan couldn't possibly have started before she bought it."
Generally speaking, a car should be serviced every 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first). Failure to adhere to the service schedule will ultimately invalidate the manufacturer's warranty, so it's very important to keep to Citroen's recommended schedule. The dealer is correct about the service plan (it starts from the date of registration) but I would argue that this important piece of information should have been explained at the point of sale. Your friend should make a complaint to the dealership. I would expect them to refund the cost of the first service.
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend a reliable car with soft suspension?
"I'm a retired man looking for a reliable, automatic car under £10,000. I need something with soft suspension as I have a very bad back and vibration makes it worse. I would also like to be able to see the bonnet as well because these new invisible drop-down bonnets drive me mad. I'm not worried about fuel economy or tax, it's the ride that matters most. So if I have to buy a barge, so be it. I've tried a few cars to no avail and was wondering if you might have some suggestions. Many thanks and kind regards."
We'd recommend a Citroen C4 Cactus. It's a very comfortable choice with good visibility and a reliable automatic gearbox. Also, consider the slightly smaller Citroen C3 – both focus on comfort with excellent results. Alternatively, a larger SUV like a Honda CR-V could be a good choice. We'd recommend the 2.0-litre petrol engine.
Answered by Andrew Brady
How much does a new oil pump cost?
"I'd like to know how much an oil pump replacement would cost on a 2016 Citroen C3. I have been told it could be thousands!"
That will be totally dependent on a number of factors that we can't estimate as they're to do with the garage you use and where you live. It also includes hours of labour, cost of labour, cost of parts etc. Your best bet is to call around to local garages and get some quotes. A stab in the dark? £400. The part itself is relatively easy to get, but it's a 3-hour job (roughly) and then then the oil will need refilling - which is expensive. I'd definitely get them to check it’s the oil pump, though. And pinpoint why it failed exactly. Otherwise, it’ll happen again.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Why won't stop-start work when it's cold?
"My 2018 Citroen C3 only does short journeys on average, say, 10 -15 miles. With the advent of the recent colder weather, the stop-start no longer operates at traffic lights and elsewhere. Any information or advice regarding dealing with this would be much appreciated. Many thanks."
Often, stop-start won’t come on when the engine is cold. An engine runs most efficiently when it’s warm so your car's engine will keep running until it's at optimal temperature rather than turning off and having to fire up again. If you're using your C3 for short trips regularly and the battery is over three years old, it's probably worth getting a battery charger and charging it up once a week to prevent a flat battery when it gets colder.
Answered by Georgia Petrie

What does a Citroen C3 (2017) cost?

Buy new from £15,245 (list price from £15,315)