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CITROEN C3 HATCHBACK

1.2 PureTech Shine 5dr

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The improved version of Citroen's third generation C3 supermini is a crucial car for the French brand. Can it deliver? Jonathan Crouch checks it out

Background

Today to survive, Citroen must offer more than just sensible efficiency: the PSA Group has its Peugeot brand to deliver that. And its DS nameplate to offer a fashion-conscious premium option for those prepared to pay a little more. Which leaves Citroen needing to go back to being the kind of manufacturer it once was, fun, innovative and different. Which, at first glance at least, appears to be what's served up here with this improved version of the third generation C3 supermini. Over 750,000 MK3 C3 models have been sold since the car was launched in 2016 but there's tougher competition now, not least in the form of this car's in-house PSA Group supermini cousins, the MK2 Peugeot 208 and the latest 'F'-series Vauxhall Corsa. Unlike this this C3, those two contenders ride on the group's more modern CMP modular platform. The C3 plods on with the older PF1 chassis. Still, who cares about the oily bits? This car's smarter, comfier and far more customisable now. What's not to like?

Driving Experience

Small French cars used to ride beautifully, grip tenaciously and flow from corner to corner with relaxed, unflustered motion. As, by and large, this one does. It may come as news to some motoring journalists but most supermini buyers don't routinely want to throw their cars about as if they were on stage from the RAC Rally. What most of them would prefer is a model that rolls the red carpet over the average appallingly surfaced British road. As, to a great extent, this one does. It's all down to the way that the fairly conventional suspension set-up has been tuned, though the downside of that is inevitably extra body roll through the bends. Stay with it though and you'll find that there's actually more grip and traction on offer than you might think. As for engines, well the PureTech three cylinder 1.2-litre unit is frugal and willing, while the 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel is amongst the cleanest and most frugal engines of its kind in the industry. First up is the 1.2-litre petrol PureTech unit which offers either 83 or 110hp and delivers the same distinctive three cylinder thrum but accompanies it with pokier performance. The turbo 110hp variant gets a 6-speed manual gearbox and can be ordered with an optional EAT6 auto transmission. There's also a BlueHDi 100 diesel manual option with a 5-speed manual 'box.

Design and Build

The idea here is to offer supermini buyers a little more energy and personality - and that's broadly what's delivered. In late 2020, this car received a lightly re-styled front end, with stylised changes inspired by the brand's recent 'CXPERIENCE' concept car that were supposed to accentuate your perception of the height of the bonnet. We're not sure about that, but like the smarter headlamps which feature LED beams. In profile, you might notice the vibrant rear quarter panel patterns. And the fact that the distinctive side lower 'Airbump' panels stand out, plus, dependent on version, there are wheel arch extensions and larger 17-inch wheels. At 3.99m in length, this car remains slightly smaller than some of its rivals, but it's more interesting to look at and Citroen promises that it'll be just as customisable to buyer preference as it ever was. Inside, plusher C3 models these days get the supportive Advanced Comfort seats we first saw in the MK2 version of the larger C4 Cactus, which claim to offer 'armchair-like' comfort that's emphasised by the addition of an armrest on the driver's side. There's also a clever central storage area. And a smart 'glossy appearance' for the 7-inch centre-dash infotainment touchscreen, which featurers a useful 'rib' at the bottom to rest your finger on between monitor jabs. As you'd expect, this display incorporates voice recognition, Bluetooth, a DAB tuner and 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. Plus you can have it with Citroen's Connect Nav GPS system. Plus there's a 'TomTom Live Traffic' feature which provides real time traffic information and information on fuel stations, carparks and weather along your route. Citroen says that it's drawn inspiration from travel and home interior design to create an interior that aims to feel like an extension of the driver's home. The perception of space is heightened by the horizontal dashboard, which runs across the whole width of the vehicle. The design of the interior trim and the shape of the chrome-finished air vents also combine to enhance the perception of width. Customers get a choice of cabin finishes and you can also have a panoramic sunroof that fills the cabin with natural light. The rear seat isn't especially big by supermini standards, but it'd be fine for a couple of kids. Out back, there's a decently-sized 300-litre boot.

Market and Model

The price range now spans the £13,000 to £21,000 bracket. There's a choice of five trim levels - 'You', 'Sense', 'C-Series', 'Saint James' and 'Shine Plus'. Potential buyers will need to make sure that they leave some budget aside for personalisation. This remains the most customisable supermini in its segment, with a vast number of visual spec combinations. This includes vibrant body colours and bi-tone choices (incorporating the roof, door mirrors and the rear quarter panel trim), plus optional coloured inserts around the fog lights and the Airbump panels, as well as graphic trims decorating the roof for a more distinctive pavement presentation. Equipment levels remain pretty generous. Even base 'Sense' trim gets you Airbump panels, LED headlights, a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic air conditioning, six airbags, lane departure warning, speed sign recognition, coffee break alert and power folding door mirrors. The 'Saint James' trim level references Citroen's French heritage, taking inspiration from the Saint James clothing brand that was founded in 1889 and celebrating the artisan traditions of north-west France. Standard equipment with this spec includes Advanced Comfort seats, featuring broad cushions and cossetting seat backs. Plus an exclusive 'Saint James' exterior styling pack with logos and a 'Saint James' roof decal, a soft touch dashboard facia and bespoke carpet mats. Other features include a leather-covered steering wheel, reversing camera, dark tinted windows and 16-inch 'Hellix' bi-tone diamond cut alloy wheels. Plus there are some really clever optional touches. Of these, our favourite is the 'ConnectedCAM Citroen' system. Here, you get a forward-facing two-megapixel, GPS-enabled camera mounted in the rear-view mirror. It's there for two reasons; sensibility and fun. The 'sense' bit lies in its capability to record any traffic incidents or accidents, since it activates in an impact and stores the preceding 30 seconds and following 60 seconds. However, there's a fun purpose too, given that the driver can also click a button to safely take exterior photos or videos of the view through the windscreen and then share this content through social networks.

Cost of Ownership

Almost every fashionable type of technology has been thrown at this car to drive its running costs down and, as you'd expect, the best returns can be achieved from the BlueHDi diesel model. Most will choose a petrol model though. The PureTech 83 variant manages up to 54.3mpg and a WLTP emissions figure of 122g/km. And for the PureTech 110, it's up to 54.5mpg and up to 123g/km (WLTP) in manual form. For the BlueHDi diesel, it's up to 70.6mpg and 113g/km (WLTP). Enough on engine efficiency. What about other financial considerations? Well, regular service intervals come round every 16,000 miles or 12 months, depending on which comes sooner. For many supermini owners, this will mean a visit to a dealer once a year and there are plenty of Citroen outlets to choose from, so you should never be too far from one. So you can budget ahead, the French maker offers its 'Citroen Maintenance' scheme that lets you pay either a one-off fee or monthly instalments to cover the cost of the routine upkeep of your car for as long as three years and 35,000 miles.

Summary

As superminis go, this improved C3 isn't an orthodox choice, but then that's part of its appeal. In time honoured Citroen fashion, a C3 is just that little bit different, with smart, slightly quirky looks and some fun aesthetic options if you want them. Of course, there'll be lots of people who just won't get what this car is trying to be. After all, there isn't really any need for Crossover cues on supermini. You can probably survive a trip to the supermarket without the protection of Airbump side panels. And will your friends really want 'ConnectedCAM' pictures of your journey to the gym on their Twitter feeds? Probably not. If you're tempted to take this perspective, then you'd probably be better off considering another contender in this class, a supermini that might well be better to drive and more spacious inside than this one. But also a car that might well feel bland and boring after experience with this Citroen. All of which leaves us.. Well where? From an objective point of view, this C3 isn't the best car in the class. Subjectively, though, you could easily argue that there's nothing in this segment to touch it. It all depends on how you view the automotive world. We think this C3 makes it a brighter place.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions124.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed105mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Coffee Break Alert
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Exterior temperature display
  • Instrument cluster with white LCD and analogue gauges
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Variable assistance power steering

Entertainment

  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • 3D rear light signature
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Chrome decoration on front face, under chevrons and around daytime running lights
  • Electric folding and heated door mirrors
  • Electric front windows with one touch/anti-pinch
  • Fog lights integrated into front bumper
  • LED Headlights
  • Manual rear windows
  • Matt black finish B pillar
  • New citroen illuminated signature in LED headlights and LED daytime running lights
  • Rear windscreen wiper with intermittent mode linked to vehicle speed and automatic activation when reverse gear selected
  • Roof colour rear view mirror caps
  • Standard day night switchable interior rear view mirror
  • Tinted side windows

Interior Features

  • 1/3 to 2/3 solit folding rear seats
  • 12V socket
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Driver and passenger's sun visor with courtesy mirror
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Fixing boot light
  • Front lighting panel with map reading lights
  • Front seats adjustable with forward back slide and adjustable backrest
  • Height adjustable front head restraints
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • ISOFIX mounting on outer rear seats with top tether and labels indicating fixing points
  • Parcel shelf
  • Seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert for front and rear seats
  • Soft touch gear lever with leather effect gaiter and overstitching
  • Storage space under touchscreen with rubber mat
  • Three rear seats with head restraints
  • Upholstered armrest in front and rear doors

Packs

  • Safety pack 1 - C3
  • Visibility pack with automatic lights - C3

Safety

  • ABS with Electronic brakeforce distribution and Emergency braking assistance
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelts with pyrotechnic pretensioners and force limiters
  • Driver's airbag
  • Electric child locks
  • ESP with anti skid system
  • Front passenger airbag
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front side airbags + front/rear curtain airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • Manual parking brake with chrome finish button
  • Mono-tone horn
  • Three rear three point seatbelts with outer seats have pretensioners and force limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Automatic door and boot locking with automatic unlocking in case of impact
  • Central locking with locked indicator and interior one touch lock button
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote control central locking with two plip keys

Trim

  • Gloss black dashboard finish with grey surround

Wheels

  • 16" Hellix diamond black alloy wheels
  • Tyre puncture repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.366
  • HC
    0.0356
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    68
  • NOx
    0.037
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    123

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1199
  • Compression Ratio
    11:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    90.5
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    5 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    4.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    48.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    43.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    49.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    54.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    61.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    46.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    49.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    51.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    57.5

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.2
  • Badge Power
    83
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Pure Tech
  • Coin Series
    Shine
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    14E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    16000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    12.5
  • Engine Power - BHP
    83
  • Engine Power - KW
    61
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    87
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    12
  • Engine Torque - NM
    118
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2750
  • Top Speed
    105

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    HELLIX
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1474
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    3996
  • Wheelbase
    2539
  • Width
    1829
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2007

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    45
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1540
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    992
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    300
  • Max. Loading Weight
    560
  • Max. Roof Load
    70
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    450
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    450
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    980
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.9
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"2 months ago"

Oliver Blayney

Oliver Blayney

"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

"a month ago"

Ollie Emery

Ollie Emery

"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

"a month ago"

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