Citroen C3 VTR+: One Minute Test Drive Review
17 May 2012
Author: Jack Carfrae
What's new: This is the cleanest C3 there is, with a headline emissions figure of 87g/km. It comes with the firm's EGC automated manual gearbox and what Citroen calls a micro hybrid system, which is actually just stop/start.
Excellent: You can't knock the efficiency. This variant offers an official 83.1mpg, so even if you're not achieving that in real-world, economy will still impress.
Good: In typical Citroen style the ride is comfortable. The interior is smart and stylish, while the allure of optional features such as a tall, panoramic windscreen is not to be ignored.
Average: The C3 scored only four stars in the EuroNCAP crash test, which puts it below the majority of rival hatchbacks trading on a stronger five-star rating.
Poor: The EGC gearbox causes the car to lurch and the only way to change smoothly is by lifting completely off the accelerator for the duration of each change.
Verdict: CO2 and mpg are top notch but it's not cheap and the gearbox hampers the experience so much that it's worth considering rivals that are better to drive.
CO2 and mpg are top notch but it's not cheap and the gearbox hampers the experience so much that it's worth considering rivals that are better to drive.