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Citroen C3 (2002-10)

Overall Rating

3 stars

Citroen's five-door C3 isn't such good value as the smaller C2, nor is it as much fun to drive. However, it's roomy and comfortable, economical to run and a keenly priced used buy.

For
  • Better looking and more refined than many rivals
  • 1.4 petrol engines feel lively
  • Good fuel economy, low insurance
Against
  • Rear accommodation compromised by poor legroom
  • Jittery ride and some body roll
  • Heavy discounting means steepening depreciation
Road Test

C3 is almost mini-MPV-like in its dimensions, with a high roof, a large airy cabin, and short front and rear overhangs. It's both spacious and modern, with high levels of equipment in most versions. The super-economical and strong 1.4 HDi turbodiesel is the best choice, though even the 1.1 petrol is adequate. 1.6 16v models with the Sensodrive transmission are best avoided, however: this auto system is jerky and slow-reacting, with fiddly paddle-shifts for manual gear-changes. Generally comfortable and quiet, C3 has a practical interior layout; the Moduboard compartmental boot a neat option. However, the quality of some materials is poor, with flimsy hard plastics and nylon cloth, and it feels cheap. Ride is good, though roly-poly when pushed hard, and the electric power steering numbs any feedback this isn't a car with sporting dynamics. Used prices are keen, and watch out for special offers and cashback deals if buying new.

Need To Know

JD Power stars: 3

NCAP: 4

Best Models: 1.4 HDi SX 5-door

Worst Models: 1.4i SX 5-door

Replacement: 2010


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Citroen C3 (2002-10)
Star Ratings

Handling

3 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

3 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

5 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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