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I'm not buying that, was the first thing that crossed my mind when I saw the car on the Network Q forecourt. I was trading in a Freelander (bought for £15K and trading in for £6K max but that is another story or review when I get around to it) for a smaller car for commuting from Plymouth to Torbay a round trip of 60 miles. The C3 was right at the back and all the comments I had heard about Citroen's popped into my head, But..... When I looked at the features as standard I had to test drive it. A year has passed and I am happy as anything about my C3. As standard I get 60 mpg which is a mixture of 60/70 up the A38 and anything from 0 to 60 across to Torbay with stopping for lights, town driving in Totnes, steep hills etc. My tax is now £35 a year. My insurance is £147 a year, full NCD. My fuel bill is less than £100 a month, which with essential user allowance and millage claims is nill. The car itself is a solid workhorse, the engine is very responsive mine being the 16 valve HDI giving 96 BHP. The interior is basic with cloth trim and plastic facia. But it is easy to clean and doesn't squeak much. The rear seats fold down 60/40 to fit stuff into the boot, which has itself a modulus board which means you don’t need to empty the boot to put something else in. The only thing I have noticed is that the rear legroom is a bit cramped, but as I drive to work along doesn’t bother me. The equipment level is amazing, with a/c with climate control, cruise control, speed limit controls which chime at you when you exceed the speed you set it at. (Very useful for not exceeding 60 empty B roads), Rain sensitive wipers, ambient light controlled headlights. There are air bags for driver and passenger, with the passengers being able to be switched off, if you need to fit a child seat. The dash board doesn’t have a Speedo but a digital readout. Underneath this is the information from the trip computer, including, mpg, av mpg, av speed, miles left with remaining fuel. All these functions are controlled from the stalk on the right which also controls the radio/CD. Overall I have to recommend this little car. It doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it is which for me is the whole point.
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