Used Citroën C3 (2002 - 2010) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 25 Feb 2013
2.5
The C3 is Citroen's alternative to small hatchbacks like the Peugeot 207 and Vauxhall Corsa but compared to newer alternatives it's starting to show it's age - particularly inside where the low rent interior and cheap plastics let it down badly. It's comfortable and easy to drive, especially in town, but it's far from enjoyable and lacks the refinement and polish of competitors.
Citroën C3 (02-10)
Peppy diesel engines, economical engines, good value
Bouncy ride, cramped rear, cheap interior, unrefined

New price range:

£7,885 - £14,270

Used price range:

£304 - £2,670

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

2.5 out of 5

The C3 is Citroen's alternative to small hatchbacks like the Peugeot 207 and Vauxhall Corsa but compared to newer alternatives it's starting to show it's age - particularly inside where the low rent interior and cheap plastics let it down badly. It's comfortable and easy to drive, especially in town, but it's far from enjoyable and lacks the refinement and polish of competitors.

That said it does represent good value for money as a used buy. The diesel engines are particularly good too and return excellent economy making the Citroen cheap to run. Just don't expect many thrills along the way. Despite a new (and far superior) C3 model being introduced in 2010, this version is still on sale, badged as the C3 First.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

2.5 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

2.5 out of 5

Comfort

2.5 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

2.5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

2 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Interior size of car & especially boot is excellent.  

4 out of 5

David Austin ,   07 May 2016    ... read more

 Wouldn't move fast enough to do any damage if a crash occured.  

1 out of 5

Jacob Masters ,   26 Jan 2015    ... read more

 Great size, very compact, easy to park in and around town in small spaces, yet very roomy and spacious with excellent headroom inside like a tardis!  

2 out of 5

Gillian Lawrence ,   09 Dec 2014    ... read more

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