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Why Lease The C3 Hatchback?

Citroen C3 Hatchback Review 2021

The Citroen C3 is a funky-looking supermini, ideal for drivers looking for a small car at a reasonable price with great comfort and efficiency.

Rivals to the Citroen C3 include the Skoda Fabia, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208.

Our Citroen C3 review covers:

Citroen C3 Key Features

  • Extrovert exterior style new Citroen illuminated signature LED headlights
  • Comfortable and spacious interior with advanced Comfort seats
  • 300-litre boot, which expands to 922 litres with rear seats down
  • Three engines including two petrol and one diesel
  • Three models available, including C-Series, Shine and Shine Plus

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

On the outside, the C3 combines Citroen's design traits with a funky-looking exterior, making this supermini more stylish than the Hyundai i20 or Skoda Fabia. Recent changes include a new front grille and front bumper, along with revised wheel arch extensions. 


Citroen has also refreshed the C3's side panels, giving it revamped Airbump rubbing strips. There is also plenty of colour, roof decals and wheel options available.

Thanks to advanced Comfort seats, all the seats feel like you’re sitting on a comfortable sofa, which comes in handy for long journeys. There is a decent amount of head and legroom inside, however, rivals such as the Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo have more rear legroom.

As for luggage space, the Citroen C3 has a boot that can hold up to 300 litres, expanding to 922 litres with rear seats down. This means there is enough room in the back for the weekly shop and some passenger luggage, however, you'll need to pack wisely if you're going to squeeze in overnight bags.

Interior and Trims

The C3’s stylish good looks continue inside. A fully integrated infotainment system takes centre stage and controls the music, radio and key vehicle functions, including the heating and air-conditioning. Citroen also offers a wide range of interior ambiences to create a cabin to suit your taste.

The cabin feels well put together despite its hard plastics. For the price, the Citroen has an excellent modern interior, but those looking for something more upmarket would be best sticking to the Volkswagen Polo. 

Three trim levels are available, including the C-Series, Shine and Shine Plus.

The entry-level C Series model comes with cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic air conditioning, dark tinted rear windows and a seven inch touchscreen. 

The mid-spec Shine trim adds lane departure warning, Citroën Connect Navigation, rear parking sensors and 16" 'X Cross' Diamond Cut alloy wheels. 

The top-of-the-range Shine Plus comes with extras like rear electric windows, a rear vision reversing camera, keyless entry and start and 17" 'Origami' Diamond cut alloy wheels. 

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, Citroen has kept it relatively simple with the C3’s engine line-up. Just two engines are available - one petrol and one diesel - with the petrol offering two power outputs.  


All the engines are reasonably efficient, with the more powerful 1.2-litre 110hp petrol engine standing out for its low running costs and zippy performance.

The less-powerful 1.2-litre 83hp petrol engine feels a little lethargic on the motorway but perfectly capable of driving through town, making it the ideal choice for city drivers. 

The more expensive 1.5-litre 102hp diesel is only worth considering if you cover lots of miles where its improved fuel economy will pay off.

All three engine variants are fitted with a stop-start system, denoted by the S&S badge.

Out on the road, the C3 is great to drive, and its suspension is capable enough to soak up any lumps and bumps in the road.

As for handling, agility or out-and-out performance, the Ford Fiesta and the Skoda Fabia still stand out in the class. However, if you want a stylish, reasonably priced supermini, the Citroen C3 is a great option.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Citroen C3 start from £12,475.00 OTR* or to lease from £168.76 per month.

Want to know more about leasing the Citroen C3? As one of the UK's leading providers of car leasing, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has a vast range of lease deals on the Citroen C3, including the full manufacturer's warranty, breakdown cover, road tax and free mainland GB delivery (exclusions apply).

Plus, with fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and flexible mileage and contract terms, leasing a new Citroen C3 could be cheaper than buying outright with a bank loan or dealer finance.

*'On the road' price is correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change. Always check with your nearest retailer. 

Customer Reviews

Citroen C3 Hatchback
Average Rating Based on 72 reviews
4.1 out of 5

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2.3 out of 5
Colin Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Feel *Incl. Metallic Paint*

Hybrid next time

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4.7 out of 5
David Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Flair Plus *Free Metallic Paint*

Really excellent car 😃 Having a mandatory service at 12 months is the only downside. Wife has only done 2,500 miles in the car all year. Will pick a car next time that doesn’t need one.

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3.6 out of 5
Amar Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Feel *Incl. Metallic Paint*

great thanks

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5.0 out of 5
Charles Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Feel *Incl. Metallic Paint*

Overall I am very pleased with the C3. I have only put 3200 miles on the clock due to the restrictions that have prevailed in the first year of ownership I am pleased with the acceleration and the smoothness of the ride. Most of the mileage has been short trips around town. Average 38mpg but 45+ on a good run.

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4.1 out of 5
Robert Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Feel *Incl. Metallic Paint*

A good all rounder and nice looking car

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4.9 out of 5
Louise Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Flair Plus *Free Metallic Paint*

I picked this vehicle purely for financial reasons, but I'm very pleased with it and have grown to love it.

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5.0 out of 5
Natasha Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Origins *Free Metallic Paint*

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4.3 out of 5
Craig Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Feel *Incl. Metallic Paint*

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2.9 out of 5
Matthew Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Feel *Incl. Metallic Paint*

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2.9 out of 5
Alan Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Feel *Incl. Metallic Paint*

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4.9 out of 5
Francis Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Feel *Incl. Metallic Paint*

Overall a an excellent vehicle 2 drive

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4.4 out of 5
Graham Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Flair Plus *Free Metallic Paint*

Perfect City runabout, roomy and great value if not that powerful but does not need to be.

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3.0 out of 5
Allan Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Flair Plus *Free Metallic Paint*

The boot could be bigger, the seatbelt doesn't move. It's a lovely car and very comfortable to drive

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3.9 out of 5
Jackie Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Feel *Incl. Metallic Paint*

Cheap fuel costs

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4.6 out of 5
Terence Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 83 Feel *Incl. Metallic Paint*

The seats need a little more padding

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