We didn’t get the chance to put our test C3 on the weighbridge, but it certainly performed with the zeal of a relatively light, small hatchback well provisioned for power and torque.
Despite a small relative weight penalty, a small deficit on peak power and relatively trickier test conditions, the Citroën outperformed the last comparable turbocharged petrol supermini we fully road tested – Suzuki’s Baleno 1.0T – when accelerating from 0-60mph, from 30-70mph through the gears and over the same sprint in fourth gear.
The Citroën doesn’t rely on particularly short gearing for that peppy, willing turn of foot, either. In fact, its gearing is longer than that of the Suzuki and longer even than plenty of similarly powerful six-speed rivals in top gear.
Instead, the C3 relies on torque – a very healthy 151lb ft of it – which arrives after the same turbo lag we’ve grown used to from the PSA Group’s 1.2-litre turbo triple but always with dependable stoutness across a wide band of revs.
As is typical of the three-cylinder breed, the engine runs quite roughly at idle but revs willingly and more smoothly above 1500rpm, and it has all the audible character you’d want from a cheery French supermini, making it a near-perfect fit for the C3.