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Lease a Citroën C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 82 Flair 5dr

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Technical Data
Transmission Manual
MPG Combined 58.9
CO2 110 g/km
Fuel Type Petrol
0 to 62 mph 13.2 sec
Standard Options
Alloy Wheels

Citroen's third generation C3 supermini is a crucial car for the French brand and must be more interesting and likeable than its sensible predecessor. Can it deliver? Jonathan Crouch checks it out

Ten Second Review

Citroen's C3 supermini has always focused on comfort and value. But then so does every other supermini. To survive in the tightly fought small car segment, it must offer more in MK3 model guise and do so with a dash of Gallic flair. There were signs that Citroen could still offer that with its C4 Cactus Crossover model of 2014 and that impetus seems to have been continued here.

Background

What should a modern Citroen be? Not like the second generation C3 supermini, that's for sure. Today to survive, the brand 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. The look is unique, can be embellished by a two-tone paint option and incorporates the unusual 'Airbump' side panels we first saw on the brand's C4 Cactus crossover model. Plus there's some interesting technology that you won't have seen before on this class of car.

Driving Experience

Though much has changed about this third generation C3, few of the differences can be found beneath the bonnet. Which means that power comes from much the same engine range used by final versions of its predecessor. To be fair, there wasn't a lot wrong with that car's powertrain line-up by the very end. The PureTech three cylinder 1.2-litre unit is frugal and willing, while the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesels are amongst the cleanest and most frugal engines of their kind in the industry. First up at the bottom of the range is a 1.0-litre 68bhp unit that needs to be revved quite hard if you're to get anywhere near the quoted performance figures. Much better is the 1.2-litre version of this unit which offers either 82 or 110bhp and delivers the same distinctive three cylinder thrum but accompanies it with pokier performance. It also gives you the option of the brand's ETG semi-automatic gearbox. As for the BlueHDi diesel options, well there are two main ones. Most potential buyers will be looking at the 75bhp variant but a 100bhp version of this frugal unit is also offered.

Design and Build

The idea here is to offer supermini buyers a little more energy and personality and that's broadly what's delivered. At 3.99m in length, this car is slightly smaller than some of its rivals, but it's more interesting to look at. At the front, there's the distinctive two-tier front light signature we first saw on the current C4 Picasso. Double chrome strips extend from the double-chevron badge and go all the way across to slick LED daytime running lights. In profile, the black windscreen pillars and floating roof aim to accentuate the more dynamic shape. There's a deliberately high bonnet line, short overhangs, 3D rear lights and wheelarches fitted with extensions for a crossover-style look. Even more noteworthy are the 'Airbump' side panels - black plastic strips with air-filled bumps that look individual and create a scratch-proof surface to guard the bodywork from minor scratches and dents. Inside, 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. Out back, there's a decently-sized 300-litre boot.

Market and Model

Pricing is typical for the supermini segment, which means that the range spans the £11,000 to £17,000 bracket. There's a choice of three trim levels - 'Touch', 'Feel' and 'Flair'. Potential buyers will need to make sure that they leave some budget aside for personalisation. There's a choice of four cabin finishes - Citroen calls them 'moods' - 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. We also like the Citroen Connect Nav system that comes with a 7-inch touchscreen and ties into connected services like TomTom traffic. This display also incorporates Mirror Screen technology which enables owners to you Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems to link in their smartphones and use selected apps on the move.

Cost of Usership

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 models. Go for the entry-level BlueHDi 75 variant and you can expect over 80mpg on the combined cycle and 92g/km of CO2. If you're able to stretch to the top BlueHDi 100 model, then the figures are nearly as good - 95g/km of CO2 being possible if you're careful. Don't automatically sign on the dotted line for a diesel though, particularly if, like many supermini owners, you don't cover a huge number of annual miles. In the PureTech petrol range, the entry-level 68bhp 1.0-litre unit delivers around 65mpg on the combined cycle and 108g/km of CO2, while even the far pokier 1.2-litre VTi 82bhp unit manages the same CO2 showing and over 60mpg in regular use.

Summary

This third generation C3 supermini is a far more buyable prospect. True, as superminis go, this 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. The interior's different too and we like the extra media connectivity and the clever ConnectedCAM system. Overall then, the C3 is at last a strong contender in the supermini marketplace. Best of all perhaps, it's a car that's distinctively Citroen.

CO
0.85
CO2 (g/km)
110
HC
0.037
HC+NOx
Not Available
Noise Level dB(A)
68
NOx
0.025
Particles
Not Available
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
CC
1199
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Cylinders
3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
75
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
90.5
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery
MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears
5 SPEED
Number of Valves
12
Transmission
MANUAL
EC Combined (mpg)
58.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
67.3
EC Urban (mpg)
48.7
Badge Engine CC
1.2
Badge Power
82
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
PureTech 82
Coin Series
Flair
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
11E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
88
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
83
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
59
NCAP Safety Assist %
58
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Service Interval Mileage
16000
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
13.2
Engine Power - BHP
82
Engine Power - KW
60
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
5750
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
87
Engine Torque - MKG
12
Engine Torque - NM
118
Engine Torque - RPM
2750
Top Speed
105
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Yes
Tyre Size Front
185/65 R16
Tyre Size Rear
185/65 R16
Tyre Size Spare
SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style
MATRIX
Wheel Type
16" ALLOY
Height
1474
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
3996
Wheelbase
2539
Width
1829
Width (including mirrors)
2007
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
45
Gross Vehicle Weight
1550
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
922
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
300
Max. Loading Weight
570
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
450
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
450
Minimum Kerbweight
980
No. of Seats
5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.9
Carpet mats
Roof colour door mirrors
Black airbump
Onyx black roof
Solid paint
Leather steering wheel with satin chrome and black inserts
Mica cloth upholstery
16" Matrix alloy wheels
Are the cars brand new? Yes.
Where do I pick up my new car? You don’t – we’ll deliver it to you, free of charge.
Will it have a warranty? Yes – a full manufacturer’s warranty.
Will I need to have a credit check? Yes.
Will I be charged for mileage? Only if you exceed your agreed mileage allowance.
Will I be charged for damage? Only if the damage exceeds “fair wear and tear”.

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