The Citroen C3, the brand’s only passenger car in Australia at the moment, has been given a minor update.

    It’s in showrooms now.

    Pricing is unchanged at $28,990 before on-road costs, though Citroen raised the price of the C3 last year by $2000.

    While the rear of the Citroen C3 is unchanged, up front there’s a mildly tweaked face. The chrome bar that connects with the bottom chevron of the grille now bends downward towards the second tier of the C3’s forward lighting.

    The C3’s headlights are now LED, while the car also picks up front parking sensors.

    The number of Airbumps “capsules” down each side of the C3 is down from seven to three but they’re now larger, while there are new 16-inch alloy wheels and two new colours.

    Inside, there are new Advanced Comfort seats as on the C5 Aircross SUV, which Citroen says are reminiscent of plush armchairs. The driver’s seat features an armrest and adjustable lumbar.

    There’s a new Emerald interior colourway, with a black and grey colour scheme lightened up by emerald-coloured highlights on the dashboard and seats.

    The C3 also adds a couple of new paint colours – Spring Blue and Arctic Steel – plus an Emerald roof option.

    While Citroen has sold over 750,000 C3s globally since the introduction of the current, third generation in 2016, it’s been a slow seller locally.

    Last year, Citroen sold just 47 C3s. That was less than even niche models like the defunct Renault Zoe (77), not to mention Euros like the Audi A1 (504), Ford Fiesta (236) and Skoda Fabia (805).

    While the C3 is the only car in Citroen’s local line-up, which otherwise comprises the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross crossovers, it’ll be joined later in the year by the Citroen C4.


    • 2021 Citroen C3 Shine: $28,990

    Price excludes on-road costs. Metallic paint is a $690 option.


    The 2021 Citroen C3 is powered by a turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 81kW of power and 205Nm of torque, mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission.

    Citroen claims a 0-100km/h time of 10.9 seconds.

    Fuel Economy

    The 2021 Citroen C3 uses 5.2L/100km on the combined cycle. It requires 95RON premium unleaded fuel.

    CO2 emissions are 118g/km.


    The 2021 Citroen C3 measures 3996mm long, 1490mm tall and 2007mm wide (1829mm excluding the mirrors). It rides a 2539mm wheelbase and has a kerb weight of 1090kg.

    Measured up to the parcel shelf, boot volume is 300L. Drop the rear seats and that expands to 922L. Underneath the load floor is a space-saver spare.

    Servicing and Warranty

    The 2021 Citroen C3 comes with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and five years of roadside assistance.

    Citroen also offers a five-year Service Price Promise program. The C3 requires servicing every 12 months or 15,000km, with the first five services priced at $415, $695, $491, $708 and $428, respectively.


    The Citroen C3 has a four-star ANCAP rating, based on testing conducted in 2017.

    That result was based on an adult occupant protection score of 88 per cent, a child occupant protection score of 83 per cent, a pedestrian protection score of 59 per cent, and a safety assist score of 58 per cent.

    Standard safety features include:

    • Autonomous emergency braking
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Lane-departure warning
    • Driver attention monitoring
    • Traffic sign recognition
    • Six airbags

    Standard Equipment

    The C3 comes standard with the following features:

    • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
    • DAB+ digital radio
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors
    • LED headlights and daytime running lights
    • Single-zone climate control air-conditioning
    • Tyre-pressure monitoring
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors
    • Cruise control
    • 16-inch alloy wheels

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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