Citroën C3

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When it was introduced in 2002 the first generation Citroen C3 looked to be a return to quirky form for the French manufacturer. Offering distinctive styling and far more interior space than its main rivals the C3 was a cheap to run family supermini.

  • Citroën C3 (10-16)
  • Citroën C3 (02-10)

When it was introduced in 2002 the first generation Citroen C3 looked to be a return to quirky form for the French manufacturer. Offering distinctive styling and far more interior space than its main rivals the C3 was a cheap to run family supermini.

The engine choices included both petrol and diesels, ranging from a 1.1-litre petrol to a 1.6 HDi diesel (introduced in 2005) with 110bhp. Thanks to a number of special editions the Citroen C3 was available in a baffling array of trims including Vibe, VT, L, LX, Airplay, Cool, Rhythm, Desire, Cachet, Airdream, VTR, SX, VTP, Exlcusive and Exclusive Plus.

In 2010 it was slimmed down to just one model and one engine, the 61bhp 1.1-litre First – but this also heralded the introduction of the second generation Citroen C3.

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Most Popular New and Used Model Reviews

Citroën C3 Hatchback 2017 on

4 out of 5
Citroën C3 Hatchback 2017 on

New price range:
£11,900 - £18,590

Used price range:
£6,085 - £14,327

  • Quirky, attractive styling
  • Personalisation options
  • Very comfortable interior
  • Impressive ride
  • Lots of safety kit
  • Looks won’t suit everyone
  • Jerky auto gearbox
  • No autonomous braking available
  • Not the sharpest drive

Citroën C3 Hatchback 2010 - 2016

3.5 out of 5
Citroën C3 Hatchback 2010 - 2016

New price range:
£10,770 - £17,890

Used price range:
£1,598 - £8,637

Refined and quiet, forgiving ride, low running costs, economical engines, neatly styled interior
Steering lacks feel, other small cars are more enjoyable to drive, poor manual gearbox

Citroën C3 Hatchback 2002 - 2010

2.5 out of 5
Citroën C3 Hatchback 2002 - 2010

New price range:
£7,885 - £14,270

Used price range:
£213 - £2,621

Peppy diesel engines, economical engines, good value
Bouncy ride, cramped rear, cheap interior, unrefined

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