Discounting on Citroëns starts pretty much the second they reach showrooms, so expect to shave the list price of every C3 model by around 15 percent with some stern-faced negotiations.

Economy of all models is good and on a par with rivals, although the micro-hybrid 99bhp diesel is noteworthy as it emits a remarkable 87g/km of CO2.

Allan Muir

Allan Muir

Managing editor
Haggle at the dealer, and you're likely to be rewarded with a healthy discount

Economy of all models is good and on a par with rivals, although the lower-powered 1.6's mpg figure of 74.3 and CO2 figure of CO2 99g/km are no longer anything to write home about – Hyundai, Kia, Seat and VW (among others) have plenty of cleaner cars in their range.

During our test of the 1.2 Puretech we recorded a very respectable average fuel economy of 37.8mpg – ten short of the official average - giving a range of over 400 miles. However, drive very carefully and it’s possible to see nearer to 50mpg and 550 miles. We'd expect the results to be broadly equivalent to their official mpg figures, which again sets them around average for the class. 

Service intervals are generous, though, at 20,000 miles, and insurance groups are low, while Citroën servicing and repair costs tend to be competitive. And hopefully the new C3 will be able to remedy the previous model’s disappointing performance in customer satisfaction surveys. Resale values are distinctly average, too.

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