What is it?
This is the most powerful new Citroen C3 that you can buy. It's powered by a 119bhp 1.6-litre engine that also powers the Mini Cooper.
Like the rest of the range, the 1.6-litre Exclusive is an all-new car, promising huge leaps in quality, refinement and dynamic ability over the lacklustre model that it replaces.
It also has the rare distinction of being lighter and more efficient, spec for spec, than the outgoing model.
What’s it like?
The 1.6-litre motor is a zingy, free-revving device. It's at its best when you push it over 4000rpm, but even at less heady engine speeds it's decently tractable and refined.
The downside comes when you're cruisng at accepted motorway speeds, where you feel that the engine is having to work too hard and so too much noise filters into the cabin. A shame, then, that it doesn't have a six-speed gearbox as a longer-legged top gear would improve refinement and, probably, fuel economy.
The rest of the car, though, is as admirably quiet as other C3s we've driven. It's now amongst the most refined superminis and does an excellent job of smothering most road noises and mopping up road scars.