2004 Citroen C3 LX 1.4 HDi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Very cheap, very flimsy, very economical
Nothing of note has gone wrong with this car, but that should be expected with the low mileage it's covered.
Front bumper trim fell off.
Driver's door stay failed and had to be replaced.
To say the interior trim feels cheap would be an understatement. Body panels are also thin and you get a nice 'clang' reverberating through the vehicle when you close the door. Wind and engine noise is more than noticeable at speed.
Handling is bouncy and unpleasant on anything but smooth roads and motorways.
Seats offer no lateral support whatsoever, and I keep thinking my backside is about to fall off it when cornering. Headroom is exceptional for a supermini, with 3 inches to spare with my 6'4" frame.
Steering is excessively light offering no feel of the road, though the light steering makes parking a breeze.
But where the diesel powered C3 comes into its own is the economy. 50 mpg is no problem around town, on a decent run I regularly achieve economy in the mid 60s, and if I drive it very leisurely on the motorway, I can get that into the mid 70s. Coupled with a low tax bracket (currently £20/year), and insurance group (3) the Citroen is an exceptionally cheap car to run. With the new model out now, they are also going for peanuts on the second hand market, so if you can ignore its faults, this could be an ideal motor if you're on a budget.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st June, 2010