Citroen Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech Flair 5dr

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Citroen connect radio with DAB radio, 6 speakers, 7" capacitive touchscreen, mirror screen includes apple carplay/android auto and bluetooth Standard (ex. VAT)
Citroen connect box emergency assist system £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Solid paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Monotone body colour roof Standard (ex. VAT)
Onyx black bi-tone roof Standard (ex. VAT)
Opal white bi-tone roof Standard (ex. VAT)
Bi-tone red roof Standard (ex. VAT)
Bi-tone emerald roof Standard (ex. VAT)
Special solid paint £229.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £454.17 (ex. VAT)
Premium metallic paint £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Leather steering wheel with gloss black + satin chrome elements and audio/telephone controls Standard (ex. VAT)
Standard ambience Standard (ex. VAT)
Standard ambience with black dash with silver trim Standard (ex. VAT)
Red roof decor £83.33 (ex. VAT)
Techwood roof decor £83.33 (ex. VAT)
Emerald roof decor £83.33 (ex. VAT)
Techwood ambience incl advanced comfort seats, driver's armrest, tech wood dashboard, steering wheel + gear and parking brake lever in leather £333.33 (ex. VAT)
Black colour pack - C3 Standard (ex. VAT)
Opal white colour pack - C3 Standard (ex. VAT)
Sport red colour pack - C3 Standard (ex. VAT)
Anodised emerald colour pack - C3 Standard (ex. VAT)
Monotone colour pack - C3 Standard (ex. VAT)
Safety pack 2 - C3 £291.67 (ex. VAT)
Flair technology pack - C3 £708.33 (ex. VAT)
Solid - Soft sand Standard (ex. VAT)
Special solid - Polar white £229.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Platinum grey £454.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Perla Nera Black £454.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Cumulus grey £454.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Spring blue £454.17 (ex. VAT)
Premium metallic - Elixir red £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Mica cloth - grey/black Standard (ex. VAT)
Mica cloth - grey with brown strip and cream leather effect £333.33 (ex. VAT)
Tyre puncture repair kit Standard (ex. VAT)
Space saver spare wheel £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Multi function trip computer
Cruise control + speed limiter
Rear parking sensors
Coffee Break Alert
Exterior temperature display
Variable assistance power steering
Instrument cluster with white LCD and analogue gauges
USB connection
Body colour door handles
Body colour bumpers
Electric folding and heated door mirrors
Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
Manual rear windows
LED Headlights
Gloss black finish B pillar
Tinted side windows
Electric front windows with one touch/anti-pinch
Rear windscreen wiper with intermittent mode linked to vehicle speed and automatic activation when reverse gear selected
Standard day night switchable interior rear view mirror
Roof colour rear view mirror caps
3D rear light signature
Fog lights integrated into front bumper
New citroen illuminated signature in LED headlights and LED daytime running lights
Chrome decoration on front face, under chevrons and around daytime running lights
Automatic air conditioning
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Height adjustable front head restraints
Parcel shelf
Driver's seat height adjustment
12V socket
Seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert for front and rear seats
Driver and passenger's sun visor with courtesy mirror
Storage space under touchscreen with rubber mat
Upholstered armrest in front and rear doors
Soft touch gear lever with leather effect gaiter and overstitching
Fixing boot light
Front lighting panel with map reading lights
ISOFIX mounting on outer rear seats with top tether and labels indicating fixing points
Front seats adjustable with forward back slide and adjustable backrest
1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seat
Three rear seats with head restraints
Safety pack 1 - C3
Visibility pack with automatic lights - C3
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Hill start assist
Front passenger airbag deactivation
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Front side airbags + front/rear curtain airbags
Electric child locks
ABS with Electronic brakeforce distribution and Emergency braking assistance
Mono-tone horn
Driver's airbag
Manual parking brake with chrome finish button
ESP with anti skid system
Three rear three point seatbelts with outer seats have pretensioners and force limiters
Driver and front passenger seatbelts with pyrotechnic pretensioners and force limiters
ABS, REF, AFU
Anti theft alarm
Immobiliser
Remote control central locking with two plip keys
Automatic door and boot locking with automatic unlocking in case of impact
Central locking with locked indicator and interior one touch lock button
Gloss black dashboard finish with grey surround
16" Matrix diamond cut alloy wheels
16" Hellix diamond black alloy wheels
CO2 124
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1199
Compression Ratio 2007
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 560
Gears 5
Transmission Manual
Combined 0.00
Urban 0.00
Extra Urban 0.00
Badge Engine CC 1199
Badge Power 82.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 14.71
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 15.20
Engine BHP 82.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 980
Engine Torque 118.00
Top Speed 105
Front Tyres 205/55 R16
Rear Tyres 205/55 R16
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1474
Length 3996
Wheel Base 2539
Width 1749
Fuel Tank Size 45.00
Weight 1540
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 980
Towing Weight Unbraked 450
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

Citroen's third generation C3 supermini gets a wash 'n brush-up here, with a slightly smarter looks, comfier seats and extra personalisation options. It's still one of the most comfort-orientated small cars you can buy too. Ultimately, there's nothing really revolutionary on offer here, but as a complete and highly personalisable package, it's desirably different.

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. There's a lightly re-styled front end, with stylised changes inspired by the brand's recent 'CXPERIENCE' concept car that are supposed to accentuate your perception of the height of the bonnet. Not sure about that, but we like the smarter headlamps which now feature LED beams. In profile, you might notice the fresh rear quarter panel patterns. And the fact that the distinctive side lower 'Airbump' panels have been re-styled and, 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 will now be far more customisable to buyer preference too. Inside, the main change is the installation of the more 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 cleverer new central storage area. And a smarter 'glossy appearance' for the 7-inch centre-dash infotainment touchscreen, which now gets a '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. Otherwise, things are much as before. 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

Pricing is a little higher than it used to be because Citroen no longer offers entry-level 'Touch' trim in our market. That means a price range which now spans the £15,000 to £21,000 bracket. There's a choice of four trim levels - 'Sense', 'Shine', 'C-Series' and 'Shine Plus'. Potential buyers will need to make sure that they leave some budget aside for personalisation. Thanks to changes made to the way that you can specify this revised model, this is now the most customisable supermini in its segment, with the number of visual spec combinations increasing from 36 to 97. This includes fresh body colours and bi-tone choices (incorporating the roof, door mirrors and the rear quarter panel trim), plus new coloured inserts around the fog lights and the Airbump panels, as well as new graphic trims decorating the roof for a more distinctive pavement presentation. There are seven body colours, four 'Colour Packs' and three roof decor options, plus you can now specify bigger 17-inch 'Vector' alloy wheels. Inside, there's now the option of a 'Techwood ambiance' pack with 'lightwood' trim, soft-touch materials and special stitching. 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. 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 51.3mpg and a WLTP emissions figure of 130g/km. And for the PureTech 110, it's up to 52.2mpg and up to 129g/km (WLTP) in manual form. For the BlueHDi diesel, it's up to 67.0mpg and 118g/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.