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2019 (19) Citroën C3 1.5 BlueHDi 100 Flair 5dr [5 Speed]

Stirling Citroën / DS
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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

7" colour touch screenCitroen connected CAM with automatic lights and wipers, electrochrome rear view mirror
Coffee Break AlertCruise control + speed limiter
Exterior temperature displayGear efficiency indicator
Lane departure warning systemMirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and andriod auto
Multi function on board trip computerRear parking sensor
Rev counterReversing camera
Speed limit recognition and speed warningTraffic sign recognition
Variable assistance power steering 

Entertainment

Auxiliary input socketBluetooth hands free and media streaming with USB socket
Citroen connected DAB radio with 6 speakersSteering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

Airbump coloured highlightBody colour bumpers
Dark tinted rear windowsElectric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Electric front windows + one touch + anti-pinchElectric rear windows + anti-pinch
Front fog lightsHeight adjustable halogen headlights
LED daytime running lightsRear wiper
Roof colour fog light surroundWheel arch extensions

Interior Features

12 volt socket in cabin2 rear isofix mounting points (outside seats)
Automatic air conditioningBoot light
Driver and passenger's sun visor with courtesy mirrorFront courtesy reading lights
Front cupholders x 2Front seatback pockets
Height adjustable driver's seatHeight adjustable front headrests
Height/reach adjust steering wheelLashing eyelets in boot
Luggage style interior door handlesRear cupholder
Soft-touch plastic gear knobSplit folding rear seats
Three height adjustable rear head restraints 

Safety

ABS with Electronic brakeforce distribution and Emergency braking assistanceAirbags - Driver/front passenger, front lateral and curtain
Drivers/passengers and rear seats unfastened seat belt warningElectric child locks
Electronic stability controlFive 3 point inertia reel seat belts
Front seatbelt pretensionerHill start assist function
Tyre pressure monitor 

Security

AlarmImmobiliser
Locking wheel nutsRemote central locking + deadlocks

Technical

Diesel particulate filter 

Wheels

Space saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)90Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1499Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Cylinders - Bore (mm)75
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)84.8Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTIONGears5 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrueWLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min4.2WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min4.7WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max4.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min3.6WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min4.7WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min4WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max55.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min67WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max50.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min60.4WLTP - MPG - High - Max64
WLTP - MPG - High - Min77.9WLTP - MPG - Low - Max50.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min59.5WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max58.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min71.2 

General

Badge Engine CC1.5Badge Power100
Coin DescriptionBlueHDi 100 [5 Speed]Coin SeriesFlair
Generation Mark2Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %88
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %83NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 094
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %59NCAP Safety Assist %58
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage16000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10.2Engine Power - BHP100
Engine Power - KW74Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3500Engine Torque - LBS.FT184
Engine Torque - MKG25.5Engine Torque - NM250
Engine Torque - RPM1750Top Speed117

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front185/65 R16Tyre Size Rear185/65 R16
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel StyleMATRIX
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1474Length3996
Wheelbase2539Width1829
Width (including mirrors)2007 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)42Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)992
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)300Max. Towing Weight - Braked600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked450Minimum Kerbweight1090
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.9
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Citroen C3

The improved version of Citroen's third generation C3 supermini is a crucial car for the French brand. Can it deliver? Jonathan Crouch checks it out

Ten Second Review

Citroen's third generation C3 supermini gets a wash 'n brush-up here, with a slightly smarter looks, comfier seats and extra personalisation options. It's still one of the most comfort-orientrated small cars you can buy too. Ultimately, there's nothing really revolutionary on offer here, but as a complete and highly personalisable package, it's desirably different.

Background

Today to survive, Citroen 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 with this improved version of the third generation C3 supermini. Over 750,000 MK3 C3 models have been sold since the car was launched in 2016 but there's tougher competition now, not least in the form of this car's in-house PSA Group supermini cousins, the MK2 Peugeot 208 and the latest 'F'-series Vauxhall Corsa. Unlike this this C3, those two contenders ride on the group's more modern CMP modular platform. The C3 plods on with the older PF1 chassis. Still, who cares about the oily bits? This car's smarter, comfier and far more customisable now. What's not to like?

Driving Experience

Small French cars used to ride beautifully, grip tenaciously and flow from corner to corner with relaxed, unflustered motion. As, by and large, this one does. It may come as news to some motoring journalists but most supermini buyers don't routinely want to throw their cars about as if they were on stage from the RAC Rally. What most of them would prefer is a model that rolls the red carpet over the average appallingly surfaced British road. As, to a great extent, this one does. It's all down to the way that the fairly conventional suspension set-up has been tuned, though the downside of that is inevitably extra body roll through the bends. Stay with it though and you'll find that there's actually more grip and traction on offer than you might think. As for engines, well 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 is the 1.2-litre petrol PureTech unit which offers either 83 or 110hp and delivers the same distinctive three cylinder thrum but accompanies it with pokier performance. The turbo 110hp variant gets a 6-speed manual gearbox and can be ordered with an optional EAT6 auto transmission. There's also a BlueHDi 100 diesel manual option with a 5-speed manual 'box.

Design and Build

The idea here is to offer supermini buyers a little more energy and personality - and that's broadly what's delivered. There's a lightly re-styled front end, with stylised changes inspired by the brand's recent 'CXPERIENCE' concept car that are supposed to accentuate your perception of the height of the bonnet. Not sure about that, but we like the smarter headlamps which now feature LED beams. In profile, you might notice the fresh rear quarter panel patterns. And the fact that the distinctive side lower 'Airbump' panels have been re-styled and, dependent on version, there are wheel arch extensions and larger 17-inch wheels. At 3.99m in length, this car remains slightly smaller than some of its rivals, but it's more interesting to look at and Citroen promises that it will now be far more customisable to buyer preference too. Inside, the main change is the installation of the more supportive Advanced Comfort seats we first saw in the MK2 version of the larger C4 Cactus, which claim to offer 'armchair-like' comfort that's emphasised by the addition of an armrest on the driver's side. There's also a cleverer new central storage area. And a smarter 'glossy appearance' for the 7-inch centre-dash infotainment touchscreen, which now gets a 'rib' at the bottom to rest your finger on between monitor jabs. As you'd expect, this display incorporates voice recognition, Bluetooth, a DAB tuner and 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. Plus you can have it with Citroen's Connect Nav GPS system. Plus there's a 'TomTom Live Traffic' feature which provides real time traffic information and information on fuel stations, carparks and weather along your route. Otherwise, things are much as before. 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. The rear seat isn't especially big by supermini standards, but it'd be fine for a couple of kids. Out back, there's a decently-sized 300-litre boot.

Market and Model

Pricing is a little higher than it used to be because Citroen no longer offers entry-level 'Touch' trim in our market. That means a price range which now spans the £16,500 to £25,000 bracket. There's a choice of three trim levels - 'Feel', 'Origins' and 'Flair Plus'. Potential buyers will need to make sure that they leave some budget aside for personalisation. Thanks to changes made to the way that you can specify this revised model, this is now the most customisable supermini in its segment, with the number of visual spec combinations increasing from 36 to 97. This includes fresh body colours and bi-tone choices (incorporating the roof, door mirrors and the rear quarter panel trim), plus new coloured inserts around the fog lights and the Airbump panels, as well as new graphic trims decorating the roof for a more distinctive pavement presentation. There are seven body colours, four 'Colour Packs' and three roof decor options, plus you can now specify bigger 17-inch 'Vector' alloy wheels. Inside, there's now the option of a 'Techwood ambiance' pack with 'lightwood' trim, soft-touch materials and special stitching. Equipment levels remain pretty generous. Even base 'Feel' trim gets you 16-inch 'Matrix' alloy wheels, MirrorScreen smartphone-mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Lane Departure Warning, automatic air-conditioning, a 7-inch colour touchscreen and a choice of up to four optional roof colours. 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.

Cost of Ownership

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 model. Most will choose a petrol model though. The PureTech 82 variant manages up to 51.5mpg and 10-8g/km. And for the PureTech 110, it's up to 49.8mpg and up to 106g/km. Enough on engine efficiency. What about other financial considerations? Well, regular service intervals come round every 16,000 miles or 12 months, depending on which comes sooner. For many supermini owners, this will mean a visit to a dealer once a year and there are plenty of Citroen outlets to choose from, so you should never be too far from one. So you can budget ahead, the French maker offers its 'Citroen Maintenance' scheme that lets you pay either a one-off fee or monthly instalments to cover the cost of the routine upkeep of your car for as long as three years and 35,000 miles.

Summary

As superminis go, this improved C3 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. Of course, there'll be lots of people who just won't get what this car is trying to be. After all, there isn't really any need for Crossover cues on supermini. You can probably survive a trip to the supermarket without the protection of Airbump side panels. And will your friends really want 'ConnectedCAM' pictures of your journey to the gym on their Twitter feeds? Probably not. If you're tempted to take this perspective, then you'd probably be better off considering another contender in this class, a supermini that might well be better to drive and more spacious inside than this one. But also a car that might well feel bland and boring after experience with this Citroen. All of which leaves us.. Well where? From an objective point of view, this C3 isn't the best car in the class. Subjectively, though, you could easily argue that there's nothing in this segment to touch it. It all depends on how you view the automotive world. We think this C3 makes it a brighter place.

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
90%
Space
90%
Styling
70%
Build
80%
Value
90%
Equipment
80%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
80%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2020 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£280.30
Deposit£249
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£13,998
Credit amount£13,749
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£3643
Total amount payable£17,067.10
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge2.95p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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