Engines and the Drive
The Citroen C3 engine selection is small yet efficient, with petrol variants ranging from 83 to 110 horsepower, and a diesel engine that offers an output of 100 horsepower. Engine choice is selective to model line, with manual and automatic options depending on model line also.
The manual gearbox is a bit hard work, with quite short and stiff changes that make you long for the more refined gearbox in hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta.
Whilst you’d initially think this car would excel in the city, I was actually more impressed with the Citroen's performance on the motorway. It picked up and held speed well and benefits from cruise control and a speed limiter as standard.
It is, however, a little noisy on the road, and this car had a lane-keeping aid that only added to the noise if you went even marginally over the lines. The aid sounds more like an alarm clock than anything else, and it goes on for 3 or 4 seconds longer than you need it to. Better than no aid at all I suppose!
The Citroens' manoeuvrability isn’t anything to write home about, especially considering its compact size, though as you can expect, the C3 does work well if the only space available is a small one. It's also pretty fuel-efficient, with our 110 petrol variant averaging 46mpg throughout the test drive.