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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 19 - Citroën C3

Updated on September 30, 2008


The C3 is my second favorite car in the Citroën lineup, second only to the C1's diesel version. The C3 is roomier all around than the smaller C1 and C2, but with the same engine as the C2, it provides roughly equivalent performance and mileage. Citroëns have always been funky-looking but the C3 seems to be the most attractive of the C models and is orders of magnitude more beautiful than the repugnant Deux Chevaux of the thankfully forgotten past in French car styling.


The Citroën C3 Hatchback 1.1i Vibe 5 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $11,052.80, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1124 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 98 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 15.9 seconds. The performance factor of 11.5 is average for its class. The Citroën C3 Hatchback 1.1i Vibe 5 Door returns 56.5 MPG in highway driving, 37.2 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 47.1. With a fuel tank capacity of 10.3 gallons, the car can travel 582 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 701 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Citroën C3 Hatchback 1.1i Vibe 5 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 72, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.


Citroën C3 Hatchback 1.1i Vibe 5 Door •





Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 5

Seats • Number of • 5

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1124 / 4

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 60 / 5500

Torque (lb / ft) • 69

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 282

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 1160

Turning Radius (m) • 10.7

Towing Capacity (kg) • 920

Curb Weight (kg) • 1010


0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 15.9

Top speed (MPH) • 98



Alloy Rims / Wheels • Option Not Available

Metallic Exterior Paint • $375.00


Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Standard Equipment

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Option Not Available

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Standard Equipment

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Deadlock • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Alarm • Option Not Available

Side Impact Safety Bars • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • Standard Equipment


Leather Surface Seats • Option Not Available

Climatic Control • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Reach • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Power Steering • Option Not Available

Adjustable Seat Height • Option Not Available

Adjustable Power Seats • Option Not Available

Air Conditioning • Option Not Available

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Front Windows • Standard Equipment

Remote Mirrors • Option Not Available

Electrically Heated Mirrors • Option Not Available

Power Moonroof • Option Not Available

Manual Moonroof • Option Not Available

Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available


Satellite GPS Navigation • Option Not Available

Radio • Option Not Available

Radio With RDS • Option Not Available

CD With RDS • Standard Equipment


City MPG • 37.2

Highway MPG • 56.5

Combined MPG • 47.1

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 10.3

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 143

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $21.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 2

Estimated Average Insurance • $281.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 31.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $218.00

Maintenance Factor • 29

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $564.00

Maintenance Intervals • 12,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi


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    • Hal Licino profile image

      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Hybrid cars are doing nothing of the sort. Check the statistics and they are still a very minor part of the motoring universe.

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      Lori Catz 8 years ago

      Hybrid cars are taking over. I think we should make the HOV lane for hybrid cars and not only carpools.