Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
Right off the bat, this isn't a cheap runabout. Starting at $23,490, there's just one trim level, the Shine and it's not a bare-bones starter. So, a sensibly short price list, then, with just the hatchback bodystyle. Those who remember Citroen's last C3-based soft top, the Pluriel, won't mind that it hasn't made a return.
For the first month it's on sale - March 2018 - Citroen is offering a drive-away price of $26,990 including metallic paint.
I think the C3 buyers will compare the new car with compact SUVs like the Mazda CX-3 and Hyundai Kona. When you look at the size and shape vs the the other two, they look like they belong together. While those other two come in a range of trim levels, you don't have to think too much about the Citroen.
Included features are 17-inch 'diamond-cut' alloy wheels, cloth trim, remote central locking, reversing camera, auto headlights and wipers, leather steering wheel, trip computer, climate control air conditioning, rear parking sensors, cruise control, power windows all around, speed limit recognition and a space-saver spare.
A 7.0-inch touch screen, like sister Peugeots, runs a variety of functions including air-conditioning and I continue to wish that it didn't. The basic multimedia software is rather good these days, which is a blessing, and the screen a good size. There's also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to look after your media and GPS sat nav needs, softening the blow of the lack of a built-in navigation system.
Of course you can connect your iPhone or Android device or whatever via Bluetooth or USB.
The sound is good from its six speakers, but there's no subwoofer, DAB, CD changer, MP3 function.
Which colour you choose depends on much much you want to spend. An interesting and reasonably-priced choice is the spearminty 'Almond Green' going for $150. The metallics cost a bit more at $590. They range from 'Perla Nera Black', 'Platinum Grey', 'Aluminium Grey', 'Ruby Red', 'Cobalt Blue', 'Power Orange' and 'Sand'. 'Polar White' is the only freebie and gold is off the menu.
You can also choose from three roof colours, fling the tin altogether for the $600 panoramic sunroof, add some red flashes in the interior for $150 or go bronze with the Colorado Hype interior ($400). Even the Airbumps come in black, 'Dune', 'Chocolate' (brown, obviously) and grey.
A built-in dash camera called 'ConnectedCAM' ($600) is also available, with Citroen claiming it as a segment-first. Mounted in front of the rear-view mirrors, it creates its own Wi-Fi network and you can control it with an app on your phone.
You can take some video or pics with it (the two megapixel camera is okay) but it also continuously records what's happening in front of you, using half of the 16Gb memory card. In a crash it acts like a sort of black box, with 30 seconds pre-stack and 60 seconds post. And yes, you can switch it off.
Your dealer will no doubt be able to supply you with accessories like floor mats, towbar, roof rack and roof rails.
Absent from the options list is a black pack or park assist function.