Citroen C3 Exclusive Manual Hatch

The Citroen C3 five-door hatchback is a new entry into the crowded small car segment, and one that comes with a big reputation from overseas. The C3 has won car-of-the-year awards in Europe and was even voted the “world’s most beautiful small car”. In Australia, the C3’s pricing puts it at the upper end of the small car segment where it competes with recent new (and well regarded) arrivals such as the Honda Jazz, Mazda2 and Renault Clio.

Two versions of the C3 are available, the SX and the Exclusive. Both are powered by a 1.4 litre single overhead camshaft engine that produces a fairly meagre 57 kW. Buyers have the choice of five-speed manual or four speed automatic transmission. Later this year, a more powerful (82 kW) 1.6 litre version of the C3 will arrive, with the option of a five-speed sequential automatic gearbox. Prices for the current C3 models start at $19,990 for an SX, with an Exclusive manual costing $20,990. Automatic is only available in the Exclusive and its price is $22,990.

Overall, the Citroen C3 is an attractive new entry into the small car market that’s easy to drive and handle, and well specified in the areas of safety, security and convenience. The C3 also rates very well on its roadholding and steering qualities, and with some extra power (such as will be available in the coming 1.6 litre version) would be quite a fun little car to drive. However, no doubt the 1.6 litre model will be dearer and probably not quite so economical as the 1.4 litre car. Download Citroen C3 Exclusive Manual Hatch here

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