High Grade Citroen C3

The Citroen C3 is a funky French rival to the likes of the Ford Fiesta or Toyota Yaris

The Citroen C3 is a funky French rival to the likes of the Ford Fiesta or Toyota Yaris

The C3 range is now well established but for 2013we have a new C3 with a new family of light weight 3 cylinder petrol engines.

As always with Citroen, the new C3 is “a bit different” from its often more conservative rivals.

The range kicks off with the new C3 VTi 68 petrol 5-door at just €14,995.

My test car was the higher grade VTR+ which has some nice design touches that make it even more distinctive than its stablemates.

The curvy compact shape is good but I don’t think its as sassy as the new Fiesta for

That said with stylish alloy wheels, metallic paint and that optional Zenith Panoramic Windscreen (€400 extra) it looks very well indeed.

The cabin of the new C3 is very nicely finished, with great design touches such as the Piano black trim and a dashboard that has plenty of interesting features such as the little tablet that can be inserted into the cabin airflow to create different aromas.

Standard equipment on the VTR+ includes, four electric windows, remote locking, LED day running lights, new eMyWay with optional colour reversing camera, air conditioning, USB, and Aux ports, a decent stereo system and of course a host of safety features with multiple airbags, ISOFIX, ABS, etc.

The cabin offers good headroom both front and rear thanks to that tall roofline.

Rear legroom is at a premium though.

The boot is good for a car in this class with 300 litres of boot space.

The new lightweight “Puretech” three cylinder petrol engines are a major feature of the new C3.

With a choice of a VTi 68 or as in this case a slightly more powerful VTi82 petrol mated to a 5-speed gearbox this combination proved very economical over my weeks road test.

I burned just 5.8 litres per 100km which is very good and better can be achieved quite easily with less energetic driving.

Overall performance is quite good for a car in this class.

Like all Citroen cars the new C3 handles and rides very well.

The set up is or comfort and it works giving a smooth compliant ride over all but the most bumpy road

I also found it to be pleasantly quiet and refined with minimal road and wind noise.

Indeed the little three cylinder engine has quite a nice sporty note to it.

The new C3 then is an interesting alternative to the mainstream rivals such as the aforementioned Toyota Yaris or Ford Fiesta.

It is distinctive, well priced and well specified and does offer real value for money

in a very nice package. The C3 VTR+ as tested here costs €18,595. T

he Panoramic Windscreen which extends the glass section to above your head for extra light into the cabin costs €400 extra and the central multifunction screen with rear parking sensors, Sat Nav and a reversing camera costs an extra €1,000.

Overall then the new C3 is a winning package with plenty of flair and a fair price!

The new C3 then is an interesting alternative to the mainstream rivals such as the aforementioned Toyota Yaris or Ford Fiesta.