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Citroen C3 auto - best small automatic cars

The C3 is a comfortable supermini that's well suited to an auto box

Citroen C3 - front

If there's a car that should work with an auto box, it's the latest Citroen C3. The all-new model has the kind of comfortable ride quality that Citroen was once famous for, and it combines this with distinctive looks, which people will either love or loathe, but can't be faulted for being different.

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Until recently, Citroen depended on a single-clutch automated manual gearbox for its small self-shifters. However, that's not the case today, as the C3 comes with Citroen's latest EAT6 box, which is a far better option. Gone are the jerky shifts of the ETG box, in place of smooth shifts from the six-speed unit.

The EAT6 box is only available on one car, the 1.2 PureTech three-cylinder petrol in top-spec Flair trim, and it carries a £1,200 premium over the manual. Again, fuel economy takes a bit of a hit, this time it's 57.6mpg official, compared to 61.4mpg for the manual. However, standard-fit stop-start should help everyday running costs.

Best small automatics

  1. 1. Skoda Fabia DSG
  2. 2. Volkswagen Polo DSG
  3. 3. Hyundai i10 auto
  4. 4. MINI Cooper auto
  5. 5. Ford Fiesta Powershift
  6. 6. Citroen C3 EAT6
  7. 7. Renault Clio EDC
  8. 8. Mazda 2 auto
  9. 9. Kia Rio auto
  10. 10. Audi A1 S tronic
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