Launched in 2016, the third generation Citroën C3 is one of the best-selling city cars in France. After a satisfying first half of his career, it is time for the C3 to afford a restyling. No big changes, the little Frenchwoman remains true to herself: comfortable and well equipped.
850,000 copies sold. It is not yet at the level of its direct rivals like the Renault Clio and the Peugeot 208, but the third generation C3 has managed to make its way slowly. The Chevron brand has chosen originality by landing on the market with a cute front face, multiple customization possibilities … In short, an atypical look reinforced by the arrival of the famous Air Bumps. But to keep face, Citroën had to give it a little facelift in 2020.
Small, because you really have to be extra careful to perceive the details that distinguish the all-new C3 from the pre-restyling models. Especially indoors! In the interior, it is quite impossible to distinguish the slightest change. Only the new Advanced Comfort seats and the touch screen treatment are noticeable, provided you take out the magnifying glass.
On the outside, the changes to this restyling are just as slight, but already easier to spot. The side Air Bumps have been redesigned, the new light units inaugurate LED lights and the grille has been slightly revised. We find on this restyled C3 the stylistic codes of the new models of the brand with a double chrome border that goes down to under the optics. History to justify this restyling, Citroën also brings a new light signature on the taillights. And that’s all !
Aesthetically, the new Citroën C3 still has the right to new Air Bumps and a new light signature for the taillights.
Good to know: anticipate the purchase and resale.
It is possible to know the resale or trade-in value of your vehicle thanks to the auto Turbo rating of your Citroën C3, the alternative to the Argus rating.
Easy to live
The range of engines has not changed. Finally if … The less powerful version goes from 81 to 83 horsepower. It’s symbolic! If not, still only one diesel unit in the catalog, the Blue HDi 100, but it will only be of interest to large drivers and companies. On the gasoline side, we therefore find the PureTech of 83 horses which lacks a little fishing on the road. We therefore opted for a more versatile C3 equipped with PureTech 110 hp combined with the six-speed manual gearbox.
If this small 1.2-liter 3-cylinder has been quite convincing in terms of dynamism, its association with the automatic gearbox (EAT6) would undoubtedly have made it even more pleasant. It’s hard to say if this comes from the gearbox or the lack of torque of this small engine, but we find ourselves having to change gears frequently, even on the highway. Some will say that we are lazy, others will understand that it is appreciable to be able to stay on one and the same speed … especially for the average consumption. However, the smooth running remains the line of conduct of this restyled Citroën C3. And this, in spite of no improvement of the links to the ground and the running gear.
The city car with Chevrons prefers to leave the joys of dynamism to the Peugeot 208. We keep repeating it: Citroën plays the comfort card to the full and it works! Thus, when we are on board the C3, we naturally adopt a cast, smooth driving and we take advantage of the new seats. which, it must be said, improve the comfort of the car … provided that this option is checked, at 300 euros.
Loeb / Ogier, two “Sébastien” at the top! – TURBO extract of 11/18/2018
Inside, nothing moves except the treatment applied to the infotainment system’s touchscreen.
Besides its size, the C3 has a few arguments that make it a real city car. In town, the C3 is always pleasant and the fuel consumption averages are rather reasonable, even with the most powerful engine in the range. During our test, we noted an average of 6.7 liters / 100 km on routes made only in urban areas. That’s pretty reasonable, but a Renault Clio 100 TCe is still capable of better.
On the other hand, when we escape on the road, the consumption can be much less exciting. The Citroën C3 in our test posted nearly 7.5 liters / 100 km on a mixed route by keeping the foot light and even up to 8.3 l / 100 km at the end of the 600 km of our test during which we adopted a rather sustained pace. Nothing very surprising, but we expected better.
From now on, the restyled Citroën C3 benefits from LED lights and a new entourage of light units.
Well placed in the market
Who says restyling, often says increase. But in the case of the C3, inflation remains measured: the range starts at 15,200 euros and can go up to 22,900 euros. Our 110 horsepower version in Feel Pack finish exceeds 21,000 euros but benefits from a fairly rich standard endowment. Automatic high beams, reversing camera, automatic windshield wipers, GPS navigation, 16-inch alloy wheels, Apple Car Play and Android Auto … the basics are there!
Faced with its cousin Peugeot 208, the restyled C3 is cheaper by around 1,000 euros. A reasonable difference but which will certainly not be a key criterion. These will reflect more on the look and comfort of the car. On this point, the C3 keeps the Kia Rio and Ford Fiesta at a safe distance, but beware of the Opel Corsa and Hyundai i20 which can overshadow it. However, on the French market in any case, the C3 keeps an image that works in its favor.