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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Citroen C3

Overall verdict
Good but not great supermini for dynamics, but a thoroughly enjoyable object


Relaxing to drive and ride in, visually satisfying, nicely different to the norm


Rear-seat a little cramped, no city-braking tech


What is it?

A supermini with design-led French charm. It takes the Cactus riff and moves it in a more mainstream direction, abandoning some of the Cactus’s more extreme weight-saving measures. Even so it’s pretty light and nimble. Airbumps are optional in case you dislike their look, but they do a good urban protection job. Custom two-tone paint jobs and various interior themes let you match it to taste. There’s just one five-door body style though. The platform comes from the Peugeot 208, and that’s pretty much how it drives, though with more emphasis on comfort.


Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.2 PureTech 110 Flair Plus 5dr [6 Speed]
10.5s 99g/km 110 £19,065
The cheapest
1.2 PureTech 83 Feel 5dr
13.3s 96g/km 83 £16,020
The greenest
1.5 BlueHDi 100 Feel 5dr [5 Speed]
10.2s 86g/km 102 £18,420