Citroen C3 a chic supermini

Citroen's original C3 supermini was a sales success and makes sense as a used buy says IAIN DOOLEY.Engines - From launch there was never any shortage of choice with 1.

Citroen's original C3 supermini was a sales success and makes sense as a used buy says IAIN DOOLEY.

Engines - From launch there was never any shortage of choice with 1.1, 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol units and 1.4 and 1.6-litre turbo diesels. Even the low power units prove willing and capable, while the diesel engines add a welcome level of flexibility if you routinely travel long distances.


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Exterior - A hint of 2CV is evident in the C3's profile, and the newer car's tall roofline is both easy on the eye and helpful when accessing and exiting the cabin. The pre-facelift original cars lack the glitz of the more recent models, though.

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Interior - Early build quality gremlins have largely disappeared, leaving an accommodating and sturdy cabin. Adult rear seat occupants might want a little more legroom, but there shouldn't be any complaint over headroom.

Driving - This C3 was designed to be comfortable and predictable - and it does a fine job on both counts. The steering is light - which make it ideal for town driving - and ride comfort is good for a Citroen. Refined when driven sensibly, the various engines deliver ample performance.

Ownership - A relatively painless car to own, the C3 offers a compact, town-friendly footprint and modest running costs. Newer, post-facelift models look and feel more durable than the very first examples, while space both for passengers or loads shouldn't be an issue for a new family on a budget.

What to look for - A full test-drive is a must to check for the usual wear-and-tear issues. Often used solely around town, parking dents and kerbed wheels can feature - look elsewhere if possible as choice shouldn't be a problem. And despite the car's simple nature, make sure all the cabin electrics work.

Model history - 2002, Citroen launches new compact five-door only hatchback, the C3. Bold looks inside and out featured heavily, plus a good range of petrol and diesel engines. Ride was biased towards comfort. Recent facelift added more glamour and improved overall quality.

Reasons to buy - Easy to drive, low running costs, plentiful choice, visually appealing.

Reasons to beware - Modest cabin dimensions, early car gremlins, used and abused city runabouts.

Pick of the range - C3 1.4i Desire

What to pay - 2003 03 �3,150; 2003 53 �3,275; 2004 04 �3,675; 2004 54 �3,850; 2005 05 �4,375; 2005 55 �4,550; 2006 06 �5,025; 2006 56 �5,250; 2007 07 �5,775. Figures relate to showroom prices for cars in A1 condition.

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