Citroen C3 Review 2022

Citroen C3 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.

New prices start from £10,995, brokers can source from £15,168
Insurance Groups are between 10–21
On average it achieves 74% 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. 

Citroen C3 2016 1.2 110 EAT6 and 1.2 85PS Road Test

Real MPG average for a Citroen C3


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

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Average performance


Real MPG

34–70 mpg

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Can you recommend a small car with robust suspension?
"I prefer a stiffer suspension to improve handling but in my part of the world there are many pot holes and speed bumps which over the years has led to expensive repairs. Given that I am not going up market for an active suspension and only need a small car, 1.2 or 1.4 litre, what would you recommend as having the most robust suspension? "
A Volkswagen Polo strikes a pretty good balance in the suspension department, especially if you find one with relatively small alloy wheels (and chunky tyres). Also consider a Honda Jazz or the very soft Citroen C3.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a reliable, automatic car with soft seats and suspension?
"I have had a life-changing operation and require a comfortable car with an automatic gearbox. I want soft suspension and soft seats. I want something similar in size between a Vauxhall Corsa and a Ford Focus. I have no badge snobbery. Any ideas?"
Try a Citroen C3. It's a very comfortable, soft small car available with a reliable automatic gearbox. You could also look at the slightly bigger Citroen C3 Aircross.
Answered by Andrew Brady
When should I change the cam belt on my Citroen C3?
"I have a 2015 Citroen C3 and a Citroen main dealer has told me that the cam belt only needs changing at 11,2000 miles or at 10 years. Can this be right?"
This is the official timing schedule. Neither Citroen nor the belt manufacturer will pay for a new engine if the belt, tensioner, pulley or water pump fails within this timeframe and destroys the engine. I'd recommend sticking to five years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first). Most complaints we hear about occur between 60-100,000 miles and/or 5+ years.
Answered by Dan Powell
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.
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What does a Citroen C3 cost?

Buy new from £15,168(list price from £17,735)