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Stylish New Citroen C3 Range Reviewed

The new Citroen C3 is an excellent choice for budget conscious motorists, and a vast improvement on its predecessor.

By Stephen Turvil
Nov 05, 2010
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The new Citroen C3 is an excellent choice for budget conscious motorists, and a vast improvement on its predecessor. The latest incarnation of Citroen's Ford Fiesta rival feels more refined, better screwed together, and more complete than the model it replaces. This elevates it to a different level and makes the new C3 a worthy rival to the best in class.

The Citroen C3 comes with a choice of eight engines. One of the most versatile petrol units is the 1.4-litre 95bhp variant, as this manually geared run-around hits 60mph in 10.3 seconds and averages 47mpg. Alternatively, the 1.6-litre HDi 8V Airdream+ diesel model is only slightly slower to sixty, but averages a staggering 74mpg. This means its emissions are only 99g/km, so twelve months road tax costs precisely zero.

Handling-wise, the new Citroen C3 is easy to drive in town. The steering, despite occasionally feeling slightly artificial, is light and this helps motorists effortlessly manoeuvre through the urban jungle. This complements the slick five speed manual transmission that is standard on most variants. On the motorway, the C3 feels securely planted to the tarmac and has a big car feel that defies its modest price.

Standard equipment, as fitted to the VT, includes a trip computer, CD player, and electric front windows. The VTR+ adds cruise control, a panoramic windscreen, air-conditioning, and super-stylish alloy wheels. Alternatively, those who favour the finer things in life can choose the high-spec Exclusive variant that has climate control and four electric windows. All models also have a spacious 300-litre boot and a four-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

According to Motoring.co.uk's database, prices for the new Citroen C3 range from £8,388 to £16,440. Finance packages include a twenty-four payment personal contract purchase plan costing £136 per-month, at 9.9% APR. Wannabe owners will also have to raise the £999 deposit, then save a further £4,300 to settle the optional final payment. That's not bad for a stylish supermini that stands out from the crowd.

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By Stephen Turvil
Nov 05, 2010