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Citroen C3 VTR+ e-HDi 70 ETG / Exclusive BlueHDi 110 manual

Citroen C3 VTR+ e-HDi 70 ETG / Exclusive BlueHDi 110 manual

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: Citroen C3 VTR+ e-HDi 70 ETG / Exclusive BlueHDi 110 manual
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Range (WLTP): 83.1 mpg
Citroen C3 VTR+ e-HDi 70 ETG / Exclusive BlueHDi 110 manual

Summary

If there’s one thing that the French manufacturers have excelled at over the years it’s characterful small cars, and Citroen has produced a fair few. More recently however style has taken a back seat and with paper thin substance there was little to recommend. We’re therefore pleased to see that Citroen is going back to its roots and injecting a large slice of style into proceedings.

The previous C3 summed up everything that had gone wrong at Citroen, lagging behind the class standards in every area. By comparison the current model is a big step in the right direction. French superminis should be light, spacious and comfortable places to be, and with an emphasis on style. The C3 now delivers in each area.

‘Citroen’ and ‘ride quality’ are synonymous and the C3 sticks to type. Unfortunately it also sticks to the rule book when it comes to handling. There are few superminis that absorb bumps as well as the C3 but there are plenty that offer more engaging handling. If handling isn’t high on your list, the comfort and refinement that are on offer are impressive.

In order to achieve the excellent fuel consumption Citroen has deployed two of its strong cards: diesel engines and engine stop-start. Rather than using a strengthened starter motor, Citroen use the Valeo i-StARS system which is a belt-driven starter alternator which replaces the starter motor. This has the major benefits of allowing faster and smoother restarts, allowing the engine to be turned off before the car is completely stopped, and being robust enough to turn a diesel engine.

There are now two very different ways of hitting 83mpg in a C3. The first is an affordable 67bhp unit mated to the unloved ETG automated manual gearbox. With this option performance is leisurely and the unit can only meet Euro 5. If you can find the extra cash, the 98 bhp BlueHDi engine offers much stronger performance and meets Euro 6 making it a much better choice.

Stylish, practical, efficient and comfortable, the C3 is let down by its handling, and if you stump for the e-HDI 70, also by its pace and gearbox. If you go for the BlueHDi model the biggest concern is the price but at least it’s well specified.

Specifications Citroen C3 VTR+ e-HDi 70 ETG / Exclusive BlueHDi 110 manual

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: 88.3 mpg
  • Fuel economy, urban: 78.5 / 74.3 mpg
  • CO2 emissions: 87 g/km
  • VED: VED band A - £0 a year
  • Weight: 1155 / 1280 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2022/23): 16%
  • Price: £15,210 / £16,790
  • Insurance group: 10 / 19
  • Power: 67 / 98 bhp
  • Max speed: 101 / 117 mph
  • 0-62mph: 16.2 / 10.8 seconds
  • Torque: No / Yes