The car’s hip point is obviously lower than that of the C4 Cactus, but you sit in a similar bent-legged posture, with your thighs unexpectedly well supported by inclined cushions.
There’s colour and visual interest in generous supply. The red fascia decoration of our Flair test car is an optional extra, but we like the contrast-coloured door bins, in which contents are easier to spot than they might otherwise be in a darker cubby. And we remain fans of the designer luggage-themed door pulls, which are better placed here than in the C4 Cactus, in that they don’t interfere with knee space.
The orientation of the controls isn’t exactly typical of a French supermini, but that’s no bad thing. The C3 has more steering column reach adjustment than even a 6ft 3in driver needs and well-placed pedals.
The analogue instruments are simple and clear, and while there’s a digital speedo in the centre of the monochrome drive display screen, it’s not included at the expense of a proper speedo dial.
The centre stack is dominated by a touchscreen infotainment system, which, while we have reservations about the way it works, does at least keep much of the rest of the fascia free from switchgear.
USB and aux-in jacks are at the foot of that stack, as is a 12V power outlet, but it’s a shame Citroën has done such an average job of providing storage space nearby. The cupholders, for example, are barely big enough for cups, let alone anything extra.
Further aft, the news isn’t quite so good. The C3 has a below-par amount of passenger space in the second row, with enough room for small adults and children only.
Boot space is more competitive in outright terms, but loading and unloading is made tricky by a deep load lip. Citroën offers both a boot mat and a waterproof boot tray as dealer-fit accessories but no variable-height boot floor.