Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Let's Go Round Again ; the Original C3 Was a Surprise Hit, and despite Being a Far More Attractive Proposition, the 2009-2013 Version Has Proved a Tougher Sell. but That Lack of Buzz Means There's Baragains about for Used Buyers

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Let's Go Round Again ; the Original C3 Was a Surprise Hit, and despite Being a Far More Attractive Proposition, the 2009-2013 Version Has Proved a Tougher Sell. but That Lack of Buzz Means There's Baragains about for Used Buyers

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THE CITROEN C3 forged its reputation as a resolutely unsporty supermini with inoffensive styling, and which offered strong value for money.

Never really a market leader in any area, it sold largely on the basis that it was about the cheapest supermini you could buy without an irredeemably bargain basement badge on its nose. Perhaps this quality of British buyer behaviour was overlooked when Citroen launched the second generation car in 2009.

It was better in every conceivable regard, being a good deal more handsome, offering manifestly better fit and finish and improving the old car's safety and security quite markedly.

WHAT YOU GET Many of Citroen's most critically acclaimed efforts of recent times have been MPVs.

The French firm understands this area of the market and it's not a shock that elements of these successful people carrier designs have found their way into the C3 supermini.

The domed roof line is carried over from the original C3 but efforts have been made to elongate the look of the car and the latest model is a far sleeker and sharper prospect.

There's a large glass area for visibility and light in the cabin and the seating position is more upright than in many superminis, simplifying entries and exits.

It's clear that Citroen went out of its way to make the C3 cabin environment feel special.

There's a vast range of different textures and finishes around the interior and some engaging design features.

The centre console controls are neat and easy to operate, the steering wheel is well shaped and the design of the instruments demonstrates some flair. There are quite a few small storage areas dotted around and although the door-pockets are a little truncated, the glovebox is surprisingly large.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR The C3 hasn't experienced any significant reported problems to date.

The only blot on its reliability record has been a recall of some 72 cars built in late 2010 due to crankshafts being incorrectly machined.

As long as the service records have been properly adhered to it's down to time and miles in order to establish whether the C3 lives up to Citroen's claim that it has ironed out many of the niggling issues that plagued the old C3. …

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