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All-new Citroen C3 supermini revealed with petrol or hybrid power and a focus on comfort

The fourth-generation of Citroen’s budget-friendly supermini will also be offered as an EV called the e-C3

Meet the all-new fourth-generation Citroen C3: if you’re feeling a spot of deja vu, that’s because the all-electric version of the new supermini – the Citroen e-C3 – was unveiled last year, but now the petrol-powered model is here to take on the Dacia Sandero.

The new Citroen C3 sports a more boxy and SUV-inspired look than its predecessor, and is almost 100mm taller, most of which is added ground clearance. Advanced Comfort Suspension is standard across the range and uses hydraulic bump-stops to help boost ride comfort.

It’s complemented by Citroen’s Advanced Comfort seats that have been redesigned for the C3. The interior also features a head-up display as standard, in place of a traditional instrument cluster, fabric elements on the dashboard inspired by sofas and a 10.25-inch central touchscreen on some models. Boot space stands at 310 litres. 

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The C3 sits on the same ‘Smart Car’ platform that underpins the new Vauxhall Frontera, and this can accommodate a selection of petrol, hybrid and electric powertrains. The entry-level option in the C3 is a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 99bhp and is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. 

The Hybrid 100 setup consists of a three-cylinder petrol engine that also produces 99bhp, this time mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with a 28bhp electric motor built-in. The e-motor is powered by a small 48-volt battery, yet Citroen claims the hybrid C3 can spend up to 50 per cent of the time driving on electric power when in town.

The new C3 has gone on sale in mainland Europe, offered in just two trim levels: You and Max. Standard equipment includes LED headlights, Advanced Comfort suspension, electric side mirrors, manual air conditioning, rear parking assistance, emergency braking system and a smartphone mount.

Range-topping models feature a touchscreen with 3D navigation, plus 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, two-tone paint scheme, rear-view camera, wireless charging pad, automatic headlights and wipers, Advance Comfort seats and a 60/40 folding rear bench. 

UK pricing and specs have yet to be announced for the new Citroen C3, however, we have confirmed that it’ll be available to order this summer, and both the petrol and hybrid versions will be offered here.

The Citroen e-C3 electric version will go on sale at the same time and have a starting price of “under £23,000,” according to the brand. From launch, the e-C3 will feature a 44kWh battery that delivers a range of up to 199 miles, but a smaller battery option will be available by 2025, offering a range of around 125 miles and a price tag closer to £20,000.

Click here for our list of the best superminis you can buy...

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As our news reporter, Ellis is responsible for covering everything new and exciting in the motoring world, from quirky quadricycles to luxury MPVs. He was previously the content editor for DrivingElectric and won the Newspress Automotive Journalist Rising Star award in 2022.

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