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Latest mild-hybrid supermini will be joined later in the year by the all-electric Citroen e-C3

Order books for the new Citroën C3 have opened in mainland Europe, with prices for the heavily modernised supermini starting from under €15,000 (£12,854). 

The new C3, which will be joined by the all-electric Citroën ë-C3 later this year, will be offered with the choice of two powertrains. The range opens with a 98bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, which is priced from 14,990. 

A mild-hybrid three-cylinder Hybrid 100 powertrain is also available for the first time in the C3 range. Also offering 98bhp, it adds a 48V battery and a new e-DCS6 dual-clutch transmission with an integrated 28bhp electric motor. 

That compares closely to the all-electric ë-C3 that will arrive in late 2024. The small EV will feature a 111bhp electric motor and a 44kWh battery, offering a range of up to 199 miles.

Citroën says the Hybrid 100 powertrain allows drivers to complete 50% of all city journeys on electric-only power, reducing emissions by 10% compared with the manual petrol C3, which produces 117g/km.

Two specification levels are available: You and Max. The entry-level You variant has LED headlights, comfort suspension, a head-up display, rear parking assistance and active safety braking. There’s no touchscreen infotainment system, but a smartphone mount is included as standard.

Range-topping Max models gain roof bars and a set of front and rear protection plates, 17in wheels, 10.25in touchscreen infotainment with sat-nav, comfort seats, wireless phone charging, a rear-view camera and automatic headlights and wipers. 

UK pricing hasn’t been detailed yet but the first deliveries of the manual petrol C3 will start in the summer before the hybrid arrives later this year. 

If the C3 is sold in the UK at the same kind of price as in mainland Europe, it could undercut the Dacia Sandero (£13,785), currently the cheapest full-size car on sale.

A Citroën UK spokesperson has previously confirmed to Autocar that the combustion C3 will target a starting price below £15,000 in the UK. That would almost certainly make it the cheapest electrified car on sale. 


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LP in Brighton 10 April 2024

Good for Citroen - and it's great to see Citroen and Peugeot diversifying a bit to offer choice in the small car market. Hopefully, with other brands discontinuing their supermini ranges, the new C3 will do decent volume and make money.  

Shrub 10 April 2024
I applaud Citroen for launching a new sensibly priced supermini when others are abandoning the segment or pricing their cars out of the market. I look out of my window and almost every house on the road has a supermini or city car parked outside, either as the sole car or a second car. These people aren't going to replace them with a £25k SUV, superminis are the biggest sellers for good reason, they are, or should be, affordable and make sense for UK roads.
Bob Cholmondeley 9 April 2024

Sad that the once disticntive C3, is now just a standardised European small crossover, with a Citroën badge and, that Citroën is now just a budget brand to compete with Dacia.

FastRenaultFan 10 April 2024
Yes it is quite sad but there is DS for posh cars and Peugeot seem to be going more premium too.