Citroën C3 Review

The 2022 Citroën C3 is a solid supermini, able to represent the French car manufacturer positively amongst strong competition.

It’s up against the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208, Dacia Sandero, Nissan Micra and Vauxhall Corsa, so has a lot of work to do to stand out.

Fortunately, the 2022 Citroën C3 more than manages to hold its own.

It’s a funky little car with lots of scope for personalisation. It’s also comfortable, well designed and well built.

All the things we look for in a car like this.

Design and interior

The 2022 Citroën C3 stands head and shoulders above the mainstream in terms of design.

There’s a lot to like about the C3. It has a chunky look with lots of rounded edges, with some interesting panels that help it stand out.

The complex bonnet adds a little something extra while the steeply raked windscreen gives the front a swept-back look that flows seamlessly into a rolling roof that ends in a hatch at the back.

Those narrow headlights, coloured fog lights and trim elements on the doors are standout features that elevate the C3 above the norm.

The C3 has a friendly feel. It looks and feels approachable and could work for new drivers, city drivers and for people who want a great looking runabout.

Inside, the Citroën C3 the company’s 'Advanced Comfort' programme’ is clear to see and to feel.

Seats are very comfortable, especially if you get the armchair extras. They are supportive and adjustable, so could easily keep you comfortable on longer road trips.

The rest of the cabin is equally well thought-out. It is well put together and has lots of storage for such a small car.

Engines and drivetrain

The 2022 Citroën C3 is a city car but can easily cope with motorway miles or longer road trips.

It has a 1.2-litre three cylinder petrol engine that produces 82 hp, a turbocharged version of that engine that produces 100 hp or a 1.6-litre diesel engine that produces 99 hp.

All engines are quiet and refined and use either a 5 or 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatic depending on which engine you choose.

These engines work well for this car, offering enough power to be a pleasure to drive and well-designed transmissions to keep it effortless.

Driving the 2022 Citroën C3

The first thing you notice about the 2022 Citroën C3 is how comfortable it feels. It’s more comfortable than a small car has any right to be and manages that without adding weight or compromising interior space.

The next thing you’ll notice is how good the visibility is. The large screen, small pillars and glass all round provides excellent visibility when driving.

The suspension has been tuned for comfort too. That means a little body roll in corners but a smooth ride over even the roughest road surfaces. It reacts well and manages to deliver a silky drive even over terrible British roads.

Pros and cons of the 2022 Citroën C3

The 2022 Citroën C3 has some high points and some areas where it could do with improvement.

Pros of the 2022 Citroën C3

  • Funky looks with a friendly appeal
  • Lots of opportunity to customise colour, trim and interior
  • Frugal engines with decent gearbox options
  • Very comfortable interior
  • Competitively priced

Cons of the 2022 Citroën C3

  • Suspension’s comfort configuration won’t be for everyone
  • Not the most intuitive touchscreen

Verdict for the 2022 Citroën C3

We like the 2022 Citroën C3. It would make an amazing first car or city runabout. It’s even capable of a decent motorway experience if you need to travel further afield.

The ability to customise everything about it is a definite bonus, as is the comfortable interior.

There’s a lot to like about the Citroën C3, which is perhaps why there are so many of them on the road. We definitely rate this little car above much of the competition on looks alone, but that shouldn’t take away from all the other high points!

Test drive the Citroën C3 today at Budgen Motors in Telford or Shrewsbury.

Citroën C3 Review